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Thursday, June 9, 2011

SS Panzergrenadiers vs Guards Strelkovy (mid war)

Outnumbered, and low on ammunition the SS Panzergrenadiers continue the fight. Our own beloved tanks gave out many miles ago, so we'll use the untermensch's against them! We've rounded up all of our spare halftracks to send around behind the enemy in an attempt to encircle and breakthrough! Tom commands his russkies, and I command the Germans.


SS Panzergrenadiers
  • HQ + 2iC Panzerknacker
  • Panzergrenadier Platoon 1 + Panzerknacker
  • Panzergrenadier Platoon 2 + Panzerknacker
  • Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier Platoon
  • Beutepanzer Platoon (4x T-34s)
  • Captured KV-1e (Confident Trained)
  • Armored Rocket Launcher Battery (3 + extra crew)

Soviet Guards Strelkovy Battalion
  • HQ + 4 AT Rifles (attached to first Strelkovy)
  • 1st Strelkovy Company with 3 Platoons, 2 HMGs, and Komissar
  • 2nd Strelkovy Company with 2 Platoons, 1 HMG, and Komissar
  • Heavy Mortar Battery with 6 Heavy Mortars
  • Guards Armored Heavy Tankovy with 3 KV-85s
  • 2x Flame Thrower Teams (attached to 1st Company)


The mission is Breakthrough, the SS are the attackers.


TURN ONE AND DEPLOYMENT


The Soviets get everything on the board. The massive strelkovy and heavy mortars are in the right (the mortars are just off camera). The smaller Strelkovy and KV-85s are in the north center. Both Strelkovy are ready to move out and hold the objectives.

The Germans put the Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers in reserve. T-34s, Panzergrenadiers, and armored rockets deploy all the war forward in the bottom center. Smetna (the captured KV-1e) can be seen hiding just to the right of the center ruin.
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Captured T-34s


2nd Panzergrenadier Platoon deploys far forward, ready to hold the KV-85s in check.


Smetna. 'Nuff said.


Mein Gott in Himmel.


Soviet heavy mortars.


The view of the objective quadrant.


The smaller Strelkovy (2nd company).


KV-85s


The T-34s move out. Wide tracks make traversing the plowed fields fairly easy.


Rockets smoke 2 HMGs on the hill.


Rockets cover the Panzergrenadiers' advance.


KV-85s roll forward…


And knock out both a panzerwerfer AND a T-34!


1st Strelkovy company moves out to cover an objective.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

SOVIETS
none

GERMANS
Armored Rockets: 1 Panzerwerfer
Captured T-34s: 1 T-34

TURN TWO




T-34s cross the water


Panzergrenadiers keep advancing


And assault the Mortars, knocking out one tube and the platoon leader. The remaining guns pull back.


Rockets slam into the Strelkovy, knocking out one of the 2 HMGs.


T-34s Consolidate


The heavy mortars fail to unpin, even at the urging of the battalion komissar who knocks out another gun!


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

SOVIETS
Heavy Mortar Battery: Platoon Leader & 2 Heavy Mortar
First Strelkovy: 1 HMG, 2 Rifle Stands

GERMANS
Armored Rockets: 1 Panzerwerfer
Captured T-34s: 1 T-34

TURN THREE


(The soviets got nuked?)


German reserves arrive and wrecklessly charge the smaller strelkovy company!


While the T-34s hound the large strelkovy who continue their march to the objectives!


Panzergrenadiers crash into the strelkovy after withering fire is laid down by the halftracks!


The aftermath sees the strelkovy knocked down to half strength, but the panzergrenadiers are wiped out.


The T-34s assault the heavy mortars, annhilate them, and then turn their attention to the strelkovy.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

SOVIETS
Heavy Mortar Battery: Platoon Leader & 2 Heavy Mortar
First Strelkovy: 1 HMG, 6 Rifle Stands
Second Strelkovy: 10 Rifle Stands

GERMANS
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: PLATOON DESTROYED
Armored Rockets: 1 Panzerwerfer
Captured T-34s: 1 T-34

TURN FOUR




Panzergrenadiers and T-34s continue harassing the larger strelkovy company!


Under cover of a smoke barrage, Panzergrenadiers assault the KV-85s!


1 KV-85 is knocked out at the cost of 1 MG stand!


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

SOVIETS
Heavy Mortar Battery: PLATOON DESTROYED
KV-85s: 1 KV-85s
First Strelkovy: 1 HMG, 8 Rifle Stands, 1 AT Rifle
Second Strelkovy: 10 Rifle Stands

GERMANS
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: PLATOON DESTROYED
Central Panzergrens: 2 MG stands
Armored Rockets: 1 Panzerwerfer
Captured T-34s: 1 T-34

TURN FOUR




T-34s and Panzergrenadiers are relentless! Strelkovy stands fall left and right.


Smetna! What has she been doing? Well, she's snuck up behind the soviet lines to harass the smaller strelkovy company which is at half strength!


And kapow! She knocks a single stand out. The Komissar is now out of command range of any… erm… targets, and the whole company breaks!


The central Panzergrenadier unit moves up, tantalizingly close to the objective!


The T-34s again assault, cutting down the strelkovy!


But pull bac after a massive counter attack.


The 2 remaining KV-85s are out for blood!


They assault the panzergrenadiers who pull back severely battered.


The Strelkovy see a massive surge, and the flame throwers are brought to the fore!


2 T-34s are wiped out! The survivor hangs in there.


The assault comes in heavy!


The surviving Panzergrenadiers and T-34 pull back.



COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

SOVIETS
Heavy Mortar Battery: PLATOON DESTROYED
Second Strelkovy: PLATOON DESTROYED
KV-85s: 1 KV-85s
First Strelkovy: 1 HMG, 11 Rifle Stands, 1 AT Rifle

GERMANS
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: PLATOON DESTROYED
Central Panzergrens: 5 MG stands
Eastern Panzergrens: 2 MG stands
Armored Rockets: 1 Panzerwerfer
Captured T-34s: 3 T-34s

TURN FIVE




Smetna moves forward to help defend the central gains.


The German company commander calls in rocket fire, which slams into the large strelkovy!


MG fire chases off the central Panzergrenadiers and 2iC!




COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

SOVIETS
Heavy Mortar Battery: PLATOON DESTROYED
Second Strelkovy: PLATOON DESTROYED
KV-85s: 1 KV-85s
First Strelkovy: 2 HMGs, 15 Rifle Stands, 1 AT Rifle

GERMANS
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: PLATOON DESTROYED
Central Panzergrens: PLATOON DESTROYED
Eastern Panzergrens: 2 MG stands
Armored Rockets: 1 Panzerwerfer
Captured T-34s: 3 T-34s

TURN SIX


Smetna is thankfully within 16" of the objective to keep the Germans in the game!


The Panzergrenadiers open up on the Strelkovy with the company commander again calling in rocket fire!


Under additional cover from the lone T-34, the Panzergrenadiers assault the soviets!


The majority of the strelkovy company is annhilated, but a small band pulls back into the woods lead by the Battalion commander. They stay in the fight, but lose their komissar.


The Germans are relentless!


The KV-85s chase Smetna!


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

SOVIETS
Heavy Mortar Battery: PLATOON DESTROYED
Second Strelkovy: PLATOON DESTROYED
KV-85s: 1 KV-85s
First Strelkovy: 2 HMGs, 25 Rifle Stands, 1 AT Rifle

GERMANS
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: PLATOON DESTROYED
Central Panzergrens: PLATOON DESTROYED
Eastern Panzergrens: 3 MG stands
Armored Rockets: 1 Panzerwerfer
Captured T-34s: 3 T-34s

TURN SEVEN




Rockets are now called in by their observer from across the board, and pin the battered defenders!


Smetna deftly maneuvers behind her pursuers, but fails to find her mark.


The Panzergrenadiers again assault…


and again the strelkovy pull back with what's left.


Finally, many games since her capture, the beast goes down. I find some consolation in the fact that Smetna is put down by one of her own.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY

SOVIETS
Heavy Mortar Battery: PLATOON DESTROYED
Second Strelkovy: PLATOON DESTROYED
KV-85s: 1 KV-85s
First Strelkovy: 2 HMGs, 29 Rifle Stands, 2 AT Rifles

GERMANS
Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers: PLATOON DESTROYED
SMETNA: PLATOON DESTROYED :(
Central Panzergrens: PLATOON DESTROYED
Eastern Panzergrens: 3 MG stands
Armored Rockets: 1 Panzerwerfer
Captured T-34s: 3 T-34s

TURN SEVEN




It's been a hard fight, but the Panzergrenadiers this time assault and finish off the very last stand of the large Strelkovy company and the Battalion commander. That's 29 rifle stands, plus a platoon command, komissar, 2 HMGs, 4 attached ATRs, and 2 Flame Throwers. Mein Gott.

With 3 platoons down, and no command, the Soviets quit the field.

The Germans are severely battered. At the end of the day they are left with an understrength panzergrenadier platoon, 1 captured T-34, and 2 panzerwerfers.
4-3.

10 comments:

Neal Smith said...

WoW! Great battle! Love the captured equipment usage! Now I know a reason to get those plastic T-34s!

Mein Gott in Himmel = Holy Crap Batman! for you non-German speakers out there... :)

cbaxter said...

i agree with neal, love he use of captured equipment. there is nothing cooler than germans using capture equipment. thanks for the post.

The Kiwi said...

That's a lot of Ruskie teams removed from the table.
Cheers

dyslexia.tutor said...

Tough battle, great report.

BigLee said...

Great battle report. Really enjoyable to read, and the pictures are brilliant.

Tyler said...

Awesome, awesome battle report. I look forward to many more on the Eastern Front!

Anatoli said...

Captured equipment is the shit :D
You should consider a few captured German Panzers for your Soviet force Steven.

Btw which intelligence books are you guys using for your games? Besides the obvious Blitzkrieg for Early War.

indierockclimber said...

I would briefly like to say something about Smetna. She has served me well in many tournaments. In one glorious battle she single handedly destroyed 3 soviet companies (infantry guns, HMGs, and heavy mortars) and assisted my grenadiers in the destruction of a strelkovy company. I hope keith Schur never forgets the name "Smetna".

In this battle she was finally felled for the first time ever. But again, she rose to the occasion. Her lucky 76mm shot saw off a strelkovy company, but more importantly she gave herself up for the good of the company. It was her and her alone that kept me in the game as she was the only unit within 16" of an objective. Without her noble sacrifice we would've lost the game entirely.

Smetna, thank you for your service one last time.

Neal Smith said...

Love it!

Pripyat said...

Very bloody. Me likey!

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