So I was playing a 3vs3 the other day... I lost but that doesn't mean this discussion is just a rant tough...
I had about 3 grenadiers with panzershrecks and 1 volks with MP40s. Since I had enough resources I tought I'd rather build 2 panzer IVs instead of some stugs. Makes sense since Panzer IVs are better, no? Also keep in mind that before doing this I had researched 3 levels of tank veterancy.
I notice a gap in the allied defences and decide to rush it with my whole army... I reach one of their points. It's wired! Well, no problem, I'll just raze it down with both my panzers and then the infantry rushes in.
Now here comes the stupid part... just as I come over the wire, there's a narrow corridor where a sherman was parked just around it. He manages to get a side shot. No biggie, I tought. Then he got another one... and another one... I HAVE A QUARTER HEALTH LEFT AND HE HAS ATLEAST 5/6!!! Damn... Just bad luck I tought... thank god I've got my grenadiers near by.... And my second panzer is out the factory and coming to my aid as my first one slowly backs up for repairs (damaged engine).
Then, all of a sudden: Riflemen pop up. Well, it's just one and I've got a bucketload of grenadiers... Wait a sec... What's that? Bars? Damn, instant supression. *Boom* I just lost half my men from a sherman shot (narrow corridor, not my fault they clumped up). My volks mop up the riflemen. And that sherman is going down!!!
Here comes another Panzer! And in the meantime I've managed to get about 3 shrecks on the sherman's side! Thank god! I was thinking the streak of bad luck would end but...
Vroooom... And a paradropped AT gun blocks my MarkIV from behind. Yes, my panzer can't retreat because of an AT gun. He's blocked in. Well, it's just a sherman and an AT, I'll move my old Panzer back, he's got a new engine so what can go wrong?
Turns out a lot.
My stuck Panzer got blown to bits. (AP rounds?) And my grenadiers were no match to a caliope barrage (ON HIS OWN FREAKING TANK!!!) Which didn't even weaken it any more than it was!
So here comes the half health panzer... But will it be enough to take out an AT gun facing the other way?
Nope... He misses every single shot before a brand new sherman pops up and owns me left and right.
Moments latter I face the inevitable base rush.
People of the strategy forums, my question is as follows:
Bad luck, bad tactics or bad Panzer IV?