The battle was fought on the northern edge of the Kursk Salient with the German 9th army attacking fortified Soviet positions. I decided to run this game after finishing a book on the 4th Panzer Division.
So the German force contained a company of Panzers from the Panzer-Regiment 35 and a company from Panzergrenadier-Regiment 33, with a few Brummbars the break the fortifications. Its my intention to get another mega game together for Prokhorovka in the south.
|3000pts of Germans doesn't look like much in MW.|
|These Mk IV's are where most of the points went.|
|I would be running the PzGren's in the game.|
|The Pioneers to help get through the minefields.|
The Soviet players deployed a Strelkovy Batalon in three lines of fortifications and a Tankovy Batalon. The Strelkovy was entirely on the board the Tankovy was in delayed reserves as a counterattack force. The Soviet players decided against deploying a company of tanks in gunpits, they were afraid of the preliminary bombardment.
|Now 3000pts of Soviets looks like a lot.|
|"Sir, what do we do against the fascist tanks?"|
|"Don't worry they won't get past the AT guns.|
|The mobile reserve, there are a few odd tanks out there.|
The mission is a revised version of the big push mission from V.2. The Germans had to capture one of the objectives on the Soviet side of the board, located around a small village
I tried to match the terrain to accounts from the actual battle involving the 35 panzer regiment
|So nice and peaceful.|
|Or perhaps not.|
|Three defensive belts, we ran out of trench lines and had to improvise.|
Above are the Soviet defenses in three lines of fortifications after the preliminary bombardment, a few guns and infantry were destroyed but no major losses.
|Now thats an attack force.|
|Brummbars lead the way.|
The German force pushes forward.
|We ain't scared.|
|Smoke the 57mm AT guns.|
|The infantry in the first trench line didn't last to long on their own.|
|The PzGrens are in the trenchs, not on a road.|
However another assault my the panzergrenadiers and Brummbars route the first defense line and move on towards the more powerful second defense line.
|Taking shelter against the hill, seems like a good idea.|
|Yes a really good idea.|
The Panzers push hard on the left flank but decide to wait on the Pioneers and Panzergrenadiers to gap the minefields.
|I had hoped to roll right through the second line, not to be.|
|The Soviet tanks come on in full force.|
|"Drive them back!"|
|Stuarts move up to support the weak third line.|
The Soviet armor begins arriving in mass the stop the German attack.
|The mobility of the Germans came into play.|
|They could reposition very fast.|
|The poor pioneers struggled with their minefield.|
|When the tough second line collapsed so did the Strelkovy.|
|Both sides daring the other to move on top of the hill.|
|And all the while the Brummbars trudge on.|
|They even nab a T-34 or two.|
|The panzers make the first move.|
|Things look bleak for the Soviet armor.|
|But their armor is still tough.|
|The Stuarts surround the Brummbars, but with old hen & chicks can't fire.|
|The next few turns saw the Brummbars move past and shoot the stuarts, then the stuarts moved up 6 inches and go for a flank shot or two. But the Soviets ran out of stuarts before the Brummbars.|