Enough of the excuses we managed to play our third and concluding Operation Blau scenario the battle for Gorshechnoye. If you scan down the blog you can see the overall campaign map.
Here we have General Vasily A Mishulin's 4th Tank Corps attempting to block the path of the 24th Panzer Division under Rudolf Veiel. I haven't been able to track down much info on the battle so this is a somewhat speculative scenario.
The Russians have dug in around the town of Gorshechnoye and the railway running through it. We played an assault scenario from the Blitzkreig Commander rulebook giving the German Panzer Division 50% more points than the defending Russians.
The Germans have three mixed Tank Battalions supported by Divisional heavy assets Stug III's and PzJr assault guns. They are also supported by a mobile anti-tank battalion with Pak 38's. There objective is to get beyond the town and into the last third of the battlefield, a major victory if they can get off the table. The Russians have two Tank brigades with T34's, BT7's and T26's. A lone KV1 and an attached Anti-tank Regiment. The challenge during set was immediately apparent for the Russian commander with so much wide open space how would they block the path of the German Blitzkrieg.
|Gorshechnoye sits in the centre of the Battlefield|
|German Panzers start their advance|
|Despite best efforts Panzers on the left park up in the trees !|
The German left flank immediately received confusing orders, failing a command role and stalled in the trees.
|Still no movement on the left flank ! arrghhh|
|View form the South, behind Russian lines|
|Casualties beginning to mount|
|German left flank advances at last !|
|Germans begin to encircle the town|
|Russians are finally broken !|
A great end battle to the the min-campaign with both armies reaching breaking point in the same turn. We are going to skip forward to 1943 Kursk for our next campaign.