Well, I had to concede in my GC as the English player. No question of victory. The victory level went from minor to major in the German favor after the last battle. That one was typical of the fighting after the arrival of the German heavy reinforcements. In it I had two armored platoons and some support units - scouts, a 6 pdr and some leaders. The German player had at least 5 Panthers. I got one with an airstrike. I may have immobilized another with a Firefly. But in the fighting I lost every duel. When I conceded the battle, I had lost one Firefly and at least 5 Sherman Vs.
I agree that the 6 pdr can be a fiendishly good weapon - hard to spot and capable of taking on the Panthers. But with the German heavy units my opponent is careful to always bring at least one mortar half track. So he is usually able to give these guns a good pasting after he has spotted them with his infantry.
I do appreciate the size of the maps. The increased size of the maps is one of the best features of these new CC games. But even with added space, I'm not sure if Wolfpack tactics offer much hope. If the German has just one or two heavy tanks, then perhaps yes these tactics have some value, but with a full roster of Panthers and maybe some Tigers thrown in, I don't see how the English player can do more than hunker down and hope for the best.
Steiner I agree the missed first shots are irksome. Are they meant to reflect green or nervous crews? Poor weaponry? Whatever the case, the English tanks have much less chance of surviving a missed first shot than a German heavy tank.
Is the M10 coded correctly? I think all my M10s had only one kill - a Tiger. I would say from observation that the M10 has only slightly higher AT strength than the Sherman, and obviously is much more vulnerable to mortar fire. The Firefly is the real English bulwark, but they are sparse and the armor is poor. They have to shoot and scoot unless things are really going in their favor.
I guess the history is that the English made little progress after the June landings. The Americans were able to break through at Avranche, survive the Mortain counterattack, and then come up behind the German units facing the English, thus forming the Falaise pocket. But this kind of progess took until the latter half of August. Like this game shows, if the Germans were willing and able to commit heavy armor to a battle, the English really were not going to go anywhere.
Just on a fun historical note, the 42nd Highlanders, the 'Black Watch,' fought at Carillon in 1758 (or Ticonderoga, as its known now), not too far from where I live.