The table was a very large L shape with a city in the centre of the L and broken terrain of woods, fields and a few rivers.
- JS II company with sappers
- Stelkovy company supported by T34s + God of War+ 8x 152s
- Motostrelk comapny suppported by T34s and SU 152s.
- a mixed stug/panther company
- a panzer grenadier company? Supported by stugs + hornisse
- A wiking panzer company (panzer IVs, panthers and pioneers)
I tried to reposition my T34 supporting my motostrelk on turn 1 but failed to get out of LoS (pretty impossible on the table really) and got hammered by: hummels, 105s, panzer IVs and panthers and my only tank support vapourised on turn 1. This left Andy's 10x panzer IVs & 3 panther with nothing on our end of the table to slow them down and so from then on he moved freely to whittle down my force. My only luck came with a Sturmovik strike killed 2 panthers and the third fled!
In the centre Martin's Stelk ran into a wall of paks, stugs and panthers and was slowly torn to bits- I"m sure I saw some infantry on the German side but they appeared to be in the stands watching the armour tear us apart all day! Martin was the first battalion to go (followed shortly thereafter by my motostrelk). Only Keith's JS IIs put up any resistance, managing to kill a panther and stop German recon contesting one of the 8 objectives- if we can claim that as a victory!
Slowly though the weight of fire that the Germans had at their disposal won though. Kent ( who was controlling our Corps reserve) T34s could not avoid the enemy armour and our main tank support was slowly were picked off.
In the end it was a crushing German victory with 2 Soviet Battalions broken- in the last turn I was left with my Battalion commander as my sole remaining team on the board! (but I did managed to destroy 4 enemy platoons before succumbing).
An overwhelming German victory (as tends to happen whenever we have tried these style games). My only criticism of the game being the lack of table depth- 4ft- played into the Germans hands, as we could not get out of range (or LoS) of their panthers and guns. Some larger areas of LoS blocking terrain (ridges or large wooded areas) may have given us protected avenues of approach but as it was the Total War deployment rules meant the Germans could see where we deployed and then themselves deployed the force necessary to counter us. Thus it was a slog-fest that was likely to only ever end with victory for one side! But apart from those minor quibbles it was a fun afternoon of rolling dice and hanging out.
Cheers to Andy for organising it!
A few Photos
Poochie deploying his brand new Stug/panther force- directly in Kent's line of advance.
Turn 1- my T34s are vapourised as they try to get round a wood and away from Andy's panthers .
The Panthers are destroyed by an airstrike giving me some (but not much) hope.
In the centre Martin's Strelkovy advance into a veritable curtain of fire....
And make it to the edge of town.
By turn 6 or 7 my razvedki are about all I had left holding off 6 fearless trained panzer IVs.
And they didn't put up much resistance.