The British forces would consist of four tank companies, two of Shermans, one of Cromwells, and one of Churchills. They'd be supported by a full battery of eight Sextons, and two Lorried infantry companies with priority support from RAF Typhoons and a bren mounted recon platoon with three patrols.
The German forces consisted of two understrength panzergrenadier companies, two AA platoons, and a battery of four 10.5 cm guns. They would be backed by platoon of Tigers, and a platoon of jagdpanthers.
Michael's objective was to extract several companies from encirclement including a Gepanzert Panzergenadier company, an Assault gun company, a Panzer company, and a platoon each of Panthers and Tigers. The withdrawing forces had been fighting for days already, so they'd fight at a -1 to hit penalty. Victory would be determined by how much of the retreating force Michael could withdraw. Since they were the most fragile, Michael led with the halftracks. In a long close packed convoy the halftracks raced across the table. The RAF tried to slow them, but the attacking Typhoons were shot down by AA fire.
On the other flank the tigers and jagdpanthers go to work. Nine of the fifteen Shermans are knocked out in a devastating round of fire
On the left the british tide rolls forward nearly unopposed.
In the Germans turn Michael follows on with the second platoon of Tigers and the platoon of panthers. At this point eight Tigers hold back the tide.
The Churchills make an attempt to overrun the German infantry, discovering the hard way that all the Germans have been equipped with panzerfausts. One platoon is entirely bailed. The second platoon closes, and pushes back the German platoon.
The RAF finally puts in an appearance again. While the Sextons finally manage to drop smoke, covering two Tigers, a Typhoon makes it through and smokes two cats and bails a third.
It quickly becomes clear looking from the left end that the dead are beginning to outnumber the living on the British side. The bailed Churchills on the right were assaulted by infantry before getting remounted and destroyed. The Cromwells and Shermans on the left are gutted nearly as bad as the companies on the right. A couple of panzerjager IVs are killed before they leave the board, but the remainder will escape.