GenCon Battle Report: Bitter Cold Bastogne
The last best hope for saving Bastogne soon found themselves in need of relief as Sherman tanks on the left flank poured out from the ridge line and found themselves facing a company of Pz IV tanks on the other side of a frozen river. The airborne artillery unit was forced to engage the panzers in Bastogne over open sights, but had little success.
In the fifth and final turn, the Allied relief effort totally collapsed. Caught between two German tank companies, the relief column was butchered. "It was really over two turns ago," said Joe. Paratroopers retained control of Bastogne itself, but the German tanks had crossed the river in force and seized the ammo dump, a vital objective. However, the tenacious defenders inflicted heavy loses.