The American forces thus consisted of two infantry companies, a platoon of Shermans, a battery of 105s, a recon patrol, and a platoon of two TDs. They were dug in in a perimeter around the town which was situated on a crossroad in the middle of a forest clearing.
The Recon patrol moves out to locate and slow as much of the approaching German force as they can.
Off table, the Germans assembled their forces. Two panzergrenadier companies, one Gepanzertpanzergrenadier company, a company of Panzer IVs, and a platoon of two Panthers.
The Germans begin their assault moving in from the southern wooded quarter spread out in the face of American artillery.
The Panzers move up to the edge of the woods and discover that the Americans are equipped with 76mm gunned Shermans. Several Panzer IVs brew up.
The Panzers return fire knocking out one of the Shermans and bailing another.
Just when the Americans thought things were going their way, an entire company of Halftrack mounted Gepanzertpanzergrenadiers rolls on from the west. The recon patrol does what it can to slow them down.
In the ongoing tank duel the Americans start to run low on armor as the Panzer company's superior numbers begin to tell.
In the center of town the artillery fires over open sights into the halftracks attempting to halt their advance. On the opposite side of town, two panthers arrive and catch the TDs in the flank, destroying one (seen burning in the background). Two platoons of German infantry break cover and attempt to rush the American lines. One is cut down by machine gun fire and a well timed counter assault. The Panthers bog in the snow, having left the road, and are essentially hors de combat. They are ultimately permanently removed while assaulted by infantry while still bogged.
We called the game at this point. The Germans had taken massive casualties, but if it hadn't been for both Panthers becoming hopelessly bogged, it would have been considerably closer.
In the end, the modifications to the historical scenario made for a decently balanced game. Historically the Germans had another whole battalion to throw in. If we had done the same our results would have been historical. Does Flames lend itself to historical scenarios? I think it can. We didn't use any particular army lists for this battle. Thus the only special rules we used were those in the main rule book. In that context they work well. Still gamey? A bit, but not as much as is commonly thought.