and on to the action............
Germans infantry in the bridgehead have built hasty defensive positions
The gun emplacements marks the access to the bridge which is to the right in this picture, a Panzer II as per the Peter Dennis picture.
The Russians had the advantage of seeing the German defensive setup, and also brought down a fairly effective bombardment pinning some of the Germans early on. Lots of Russian infantry keen to break through to the East !
Supported by a couple of BT7 tanks
The ground is fairly open but has a number of drainage channels etc which the russians use to advance
They are quickly at the half way point in significant numbers.
The Germans on the right flank find they are not being opposed so start to advance supported by a 38(t) looking to sweep around the Russian flank
The Germans are supported by artillery situated over the river in the Citadel
and then with a whoosh the 38(t) explodes into flames
The Russians including this unit of elite infantry are now pushing forward to their objective which is to overrun the German defensive line
Having made a dash for the farm house a German unit prepares to outflank the Russian charge
The Russians are taking casualties and pins but this is only slightly slowing them down
The Panzer II has turned to defend the small gully in front of the German lines, a hit on the BT7 but only temporary damage which is quickly repaired
A period shot.......
More Russian infantry advancing beyond the farm
Russian infantry just seems to be everywhere
The thin German defence line is now starting to fall apart and is being overwhelmed
Clinging on a single machine gun unit
Russian infantry reach the defences
..... and are then through them, the German commander is being told in no uncertain terms to surrender as he ponders the map and wonders where it all went wrong.
A significant victory for the Russians this time, they played a clever battle focussing their assault whilst the Germans were spread out. The German Artillery was completely useless and we probably under played it putting the Germans at a disadvantage from the start. This combined with poor German dice and the game was up.
But they can’t have it all their own way and a good battle all the same.
looks like a great battle. always too many russiansReplyDelete
Thanks Martin definately too many on this occasionDelete
Splendid report and photo's Matt. Your terrain just screams eastern front.ReplyDelete
Thanks Phil....I had to make sure I didn’t put any picket fences in !Delete
A great visual treat even if the Germans could not bring their power to bear to turn back the Communist horde. Great looking game!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jonathan 🙂Delete
Brilliant stuff Matt!ReplyDelete
Thanks Michael 🙂Delete
Matt, love your visuals and great narrative. I will return to this post a few more times. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Thanks Norm very kind support for my humble effortsDelete
Splendid looking game Matt. Good win for the Russian forces too!ReplyDelete
Sadly the Russian were lucky and far too strong this timeDelete
What a fantastic game!ReplyDelete
Thanks Michal 🙂Delete
Awesome gaming with great looking troops and terrain, Matt!ReplyDelete
Thanks Dean , I do like gaming world war 2🙂Delete
Absolutely beautiful table and troops, Matt, and a very exciting game! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jack......I should flag the Russian forces are all my mates so I can’t take any credit for them 🙂Delete
Great looking terrain, Germans and Soviets!ReplyDelete