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Monday, September 5, 2011

Soviet Guards Tankovy vs Finn Infantry

Sean and I were able to get in another East Front game. His Finns would be defending against my Guards Tannkovy in a Fighting Withdrawal across a river!


STEVEN'S GUARDS TANKOVY
  • HQ- T-34/85
  • 10x T-34/85 + Tank Riders
  • 5x T-34/85
  • 5x SU-85
  • 2x Decoy Panthers

SEAN'S FINNISH INFANTRY
  • HQ
  • Jaakari w/ Lorni Torni
  • Jaakari
  • Pioneers
  • 105 Battery
  • Sturmi Platoon
  • Captured T-34/85 Platoon
  • Captured ISU-152 (The Kraken!)

The mission was fighting withdrawal.


TURN ONE AND DEPLOYMENT


The board. soviets from left to right: 5x T-34. SU-85s. Tank blob + decoy panthers. The Finns from left to right: Sturmi, jakaari, 105s in the swamp, pioneers jakaari with lorni torni. Captured T-34s in ambush. The three objectives are in the center to the left of the T-intersection and just to the right. The 3rd is just above the ford on the right.

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Sorry for the parking lot picture.


The view from the Finn lines


The Kraken


The Finn lines


The soviets make their infiltration move


On turn one, the Soviets surge forward!


On the left, the 5 T-34s move to the edge of the wheat.


The soviet right


The speartip.


105s range in, blowing one tank to smithereens!


Sturmi knock out a T-34 and bail two more!


The Sturmi watch as the Kraken knocks out a 2nd T-34! Turn one and the soviets have to make a platoon morale check! Thankfully being fearless pays off.


Pioneers move out as the Kraken reloads.


TURN ONE SUMMARY

SOVIETS: General Advance
FINNS: Pioneers begin redeploying to aid the left flank. Artillery knocks out a T-34 in the big company, while sturmi and the kraken knock out 2 from the small company.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Big T-34 Company: 1 tank
Little T-34 Company: 2 tanks


FINNS
none


TURN TWO




The horde advances.


Charge!


On the left, two T-34s return fire on the Sturmi. 4 6s are rolled, and 2 are knocked out! The 3rd is bailed. Wow!


The assault is launched.


There is a bloody back and forth


The Finns are ground down, but exact a heavy toll.


The Sturmi quit the field!


The Finn T-34s spring form ambush as the Pioneers rush forward to counter the gains made by the soviet company!


A brutal counter attack is launched by pioneers!


The Soviets fight back to the last.


Mass carnage ensues as the Battalion Commander himself plows into the ford!


In the end, the pioneers are victorious, but at heavy cost!



TURN TWO SUMMARY

SOVIETS: The main assault crashes across the ford and slams into the finn lines. Lucky shooting on the left flank annhilates the sturmi.
FINNS: A brutal counter attack retakes the ford! The Kraken knocks out a 2nd T-34. 2 shots, 2 kills!


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Big T-34 Company: DESTROYED
Little T-34 Company: 3 tanks


FINNS
Sturmi: DESTROYED
Lorni's Jakaari: DESTROYED
Pioneers: 5 stands


TURN THREE




With the main thrust countered, the Soviets flounder, and feably shift left.


A flame thrower charges forward and annhilates a decoy panther!


The pioneers push forward and hunker down in a wood.

One SU-85 is knocked out by 105s.


TURN THREE SUMMARY

SOVIETS: The brunt of the armor shifts left. On the left flank, the 2 remaining T-34s advance rapidly.
FINNS: The Kraken is withdrawn. One SU-85 is knocked out by a 105 barrage while a decoy panther is knocked out by pioneers!


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Big T-34 Company: DESTROYED
Little T-34 Company: 3 tanks
Decoy Tanks: 1 panther
SU-85s: 1 assault gun


FINNS
Sturmi: DESTROYED
Lorni's Jakaari: DESTROYED
Pioneers: 5 stands


TURN FOUR


The SU-85s quickly redeploy to counter the pioneers!


The pioneers fight to the last.


But in the end, they are annihilated.


The tanks consolidate forward and contest the objective! In the background, the Finn T-34s attempt to move forward to keep the objective contested! Two of them bog in the wood, but the 3rd keeps the finns in the game!


On the Finn left, jakaari assault the 2 T-34s that wandered into their area under the cover of a smoke barrage.


The 2 T-34s withdraw after causing light casualties in defensive fire.


TURN FOUR SUMMARY

SOVIETS: The SU-85s assault pioneers and wipe them out. In so doing, they reclaim the right objective!
FINNS: Captured T-34s attempt to move up to contest the objective. Only one tank makes it out of the woods! On the left, Jakaari assault The 2 T-34s in their deployment zone, but the T-34s withdraw.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Big T-34 Company: DESTROYED
Little T-34 Company: 3 tanks
Decoy Tanks: 1 panther
SU-85s: 2 assault guns


FINNS
Sturmi: DESTROYED
Lorni's Jakaari: DESTROYED
Pioneers: DESTROYED
Jakaari: 2 stands


TURN FIVE




The 2 remaining SU-85s attempt to knock out the captured T-34, but their shots are so obscured by burning tanks that they miss!


An additional captured T-34 rejoins his compatriot, but they too cannot find their targets through the burning wrecks!


The Jakaari move forward again.


As a 105 barrage knocks out another T-34! The platoon leader fights on. The Jakaari unfortunately fail to assault!


TURN FIVE SUMMARY

SOVIETS: The 2 T-34s in the Soviet deployment zone continue firing on the Jakaari, causing light casualties.
FINNS: Captured T-34s square off against the SU-85s across the fields of burning tanks. Neither side can find their marks.


COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Big T-34 Company: DESTROYED
Little T-34 Company: 4 tanks
Decoy Tanks: 1 panther
SU-85s: 2 assault guns


FINNS
Sturmi: DESTROYED
Lorni's Jakaari: DESTROYED
Pioneers: DESTROYED
Jakaari: 4 stands


TURN SIX




The lone T-34 on the left flank.


The SU-85s knock out 2 captured T-34/85s! The 3rd passes his morale check and fights on!


The lone T-34 pours MG fire into the Jakaari. They are below half strength and fail their morale check!

At this point, Sean has lost 2 Jakaari Platoons, Pioneers, and Sturmi. He is left with only 105s and T-34/85s after withdrawing the captured ISU-152. This puts his company below half strength, and his company commander was knocked out long ago. With this, the Finns are forced to withdraw.

The Soviets are severely depleted but victorious. 5-2.

10 comments:

Pripyat said...

Another bloody fight. Bloody brilliant!

pachongo3000 said...

This was one of the more exciting games we have played in awhile. After a solid Ostfront IA battle earlier in the day, I am sated.

bigbadg said...

I've got to admit I was realy supprised that the Finns managed to hold their left flank (soviet right) as they did, I'm wondering how differently it would have gone if those were normal T34s rather than the /85s.

Neal Smith said...

Sometimes I'm surprised you guys have enough troops left to play as many turns as you do, the way they get killed! :)

Must... resist... desire to paint Soviets.... Now that I've actually started working on the Italian Bersaglieri! :)

indierockclimber said...

@big- the wide tracks would've been a huge help for sure. But the tank riders were the real stars!

@Neal- We push our men to the absolute breaking point. We expect nothing less than their best! For the Motherland!

nathanfagan said...

Man the Finns seem to get beasted every time I read one of your AARs with them in.

indierockclimber said...

Well, considering this is literally the first battle with Sean's fully completed list, I'd say they did pretty damn well!

Andrew said...

Wow, great game and a great write up, Thanks for putting this up guys. You're all a great inspiration to me to finish my stuff.

nathanfagan said...

Agreed Steve, they did well in what was pretty much a "chalk and cheese" match up. Making me look at those LW Finn PDFs harder and harder.

Joey Carbone said...

Great battle! I never thought I'd play Finns, but this Grey Wolf has me screaming tappaa heidät kaikki!

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