As part of the Allied offensive in Tunisia, Churchill tanks of 51st Royal Tank Regiment and infantry of the Coldstream Guards were tasked with occupying ‘Steamroller Farm’. This was a well prepared defensive position held by troops of the elite Hermann Goering Division supported by tanks of the 10th Panzer Division.
The assault had an inauspicious start as a combination of AT gun fire and a Stuka divebomber attack disabled 8 Churchills and caused the attack to halt as it approached the wadi. Under orders to ‘get on at all costs’, Lieutenant Holland’s troop comprising ‘Adventurer’ and Lt Renton’s tank advanced without infantry support to continue the attack.
Attacker: British (2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards and A Squadron, 51st Royal Tank Regiment)
Defender: German (Hermann Goering Parachute Division)
Turns: 9 Players: 2 OBA: British Night: No
Steamroller Farm, Tunisia 1943-02-26
Squads: A:10.5 D:6.0
AFVs: A:17 Churchill IV x 17
D:2 PzKpfw IIIJ x 2 Opel Blitz x 8
Guns: A:0 OML 2-in. Mortar x 3 D:8 7.5cm PaK 40 x 2 5cm PaK 38 x 2 2cm FlaK 38 x 2 8.8cm FlaK 18 x 2