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The battle between Saunders Girls High School (bracket number 7) and Ooarai Girls High School (bracket number 8) was a match in the first round of the 63ʳᵈ National High School Sensha-dō Tournament. The match grounds comprised of forest and grassy fields. The match ended in a victory for Ooarai Girls High School.

Battle

Premises

Just before the match Ooarai girls are invited for lunch at Saunders' camp. Kay recognize "Sgt. Oddball" and tell her to come back anytime if she wants.

A Very Harsh Beginning

Almost as soon as the match begins Rabbit Team, scouting alone, is ambushed by nine of Saunders' ten tanks. Miho commits the entire Ooarai force to save them, although Saunders continually preempts their movements and surrounds them. Ooarai charges through the encirclement, experiencing near misses and narrowly avoiding a head on collision with a head on collision with the Sherman vehicles.

Deception Uncovered

DuckTrap

Duck Team preparing the trap.

Suspicious of the Saunders attack that seemed to be predicting Ooarai movements, Miho soon spots a radio balloon hovering over the battlefield that is wire tapping Ooarai radio transmissions. Miho then has Saori coordinate commands through their mobile phones instead, whilst using the radios only to plant false intelligence. Saunders' Vice-Commander Alisa swallows the bait, and sends the entire Saunders force to an exposed crossroads.

Ooarai-Saunders

Ooarai's ambush.

Duck Team attaches a log to their tank and creates a dust cloud that leads the majority of the Saunders tanks away, whilst a fake radio signal supposedly disclosing the location of the exposed Ooarai flag tank lures two M4 Sherman into a trap. Ooarai's ambush knocks out one Sherman, which comes as a great surprise to all parties. However, the second Saunders tank manages to escape without being hit.

After the shock of the ambush, Saunders forces regroup, and Alisa, still wiretapping into Ooarai radio communications advises Kay to advance to a distant plateau to attack Ooarai tanks who are supposedly there. Kay is revealed to be unaware of Alisa's radio tapping.

M4 Sherman Medium Tank A GO!GO!

In reality, Ooarai's tanks proceed away from the plateau, in search of what is now an isolated Saunders M4A1 flag tank. Just as Kay arrives at the plateau, Duck Team has a direct encounter with the M4A1 Sherman, commanded by Alisa.

Duck Team flees from the more heavily armed Sherman, which pursues. Noriko Isobe serves smoke charges onto the Saunders tank, blinding it, and the M4A1 is lured into a trap. All five Ooarai tanks attack it from three directions. In desperation, Alisa admits to Kay that she has been tapping into Ooarai radio channels. Kay berates her, believing that a key element of Sensha-dō is fair play; she subsequently chooses to only pursue with four of her own tanks, forfeiting Saunders' numerical advantage.

17 pounder-san

Meanwhile, the M4A1 flag tank is on the run, with Ooarai in hot pursuit. However, just as Ooarai are closing in for the kill, the sound of the 17-pounder gun on the Sherman Firefly signals the arrival of Saunders reinforcements. The Sherman tanks join the chase behind Ooarai. Under fire from both front and back, Miho has Rabbit Team and Duck Team cover the rear, whilst the remaining tanks continue to focus on the Saunders flag tank.

Naomi, the gunner of the Sherman Firefly, immobilises both the Type 89B and the M3 Lee in quick succession, and the Ooarai crews begin to panic. However, Miho rallies the commanders: Her determination strengthens their flagging resolve.

Death from Above

As the chase proceeds around the base of a ridge, Anglerfish Team splits off to crest the hill, taking an exposed, but offensively advantageous sniping position on the high ground. Naomi follows in an attempt to stop them, yet misses her first shot. Hana, likening the focus required in tank gunnery to that of flower arranging, lines up her target.

Both the Panzer IV and the Firefly fire at the same moment. Hana's shot flies true, and immobilises the M4A1 as the Panzer IV is knocked out in turn. With the Saunders flag tank showing the white flag, Ooarai Girls High School claims their first victory.

Aftermath

After the match, Kay greets Miho to compliment her on an exciting match, explains to Miho why she didn't brought all her tanks in the final battle and apologises for Alisa's radio tapping. Ooarai will fight Anzio during the quarter-finals.

Gallery

Ooarai vs Saunders - Immobilised Vehicles

Ooarai Girls High School GUP OoaraiSmall 9335 Saunders Girls High School GUP SaundersSmall 7264
Type 89B I-go Otsu GUP DuckSmall 4123 knocked out by: Sherman Firefly GUP SaundersSmall 7264 M4 Sherman GUP SaundersSmall 7264 knocked out by: Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.F GUP HippoSmall 5828 & M3 Lee GUP RabbitSmall 3569
M3 Lee GUP RabbitSmall 3569 knocked out by: Sherman Firefly GUP SaundersSmall 7264 M4A1(76) Sherman GUP SaundersSmall 7264 🚩 knocked out by: PzKpfw IV Ausf.D GUP AnglerfishSmall 2949
PzKpfw IV Ausf.D GUP AnglerfishSmall 2949 knocked out by: Sherman Firefly GUP SaundersSmall 7264 -

63ʳᵈ National High School Sensha-dō Tournament
1st Round Viking vs KoalaPravda vs BonpleMaginot vs AnzioSaunders vs OoaraiBC Freedom vs St. GlorianaYogurt vs WaffleKuromorimine vs Chi-Ha-TanBlue Division vs Jatkosota
Quarters-finals Viking vs PravdaAnzio vs OoaraiSt. Gloriana vs YogurtKuromorimine vs Jatkosota
Semi-finals Pravda vs OoaraiSt. Gloriana vs Kuromorimine
Finals Ooarai vs Kuromorimine
Participants
Anzio Girls High SchoolBC Freedom High SchoolBlue Division High SchoolBonple High SchoolChi-Ha-Tan AcademyJatkosota High SchoolKoala Forest High SchoolKuromorimine Girls High School🥈 ♦ Maginot Girls' AcademyOoarai Girls High School🥇 ♦ Pravda Girls High School🥉 ♦ Saunders Girls High SchoolSt. Gloriana Girls High SchoolViking Fisheries High SchoolWaffle AcademyYogurt Academy

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