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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Guards Heavy Tanks Crash Into an Axis Fortified Line

Sean and Joe came by the house last night and we whipped together a scenario at the last minute. I was eager to get my IS-2s on the board, so we decided to have them be the speartip of a breakthrough. Consequently, we played The Big Push. The forces were somewhat cobbled together to allow Sean to get his Finns on the board.


SOVIET GUARDS TANKOVY
  • HQ IS-2
  • 3x IS-2s
  • 3x IS-2s
  • 3x IS-2s
  • Udarny Strelkovy Platoon

FINN/GERMAN DEFENSE GROUP
  • German Pioneer Company w/ 2 Pioneer Platoons.
  • Finnish Infantry Company w/ 1 pioneer platoon, 1 infantry platoon.
  • German 10.5cm Battery
  • German Nebelwerfer Battery
  • 2x Tiger IE
  • Pak 40 Platoon
  • Sporadic Stukas


DEPLOYMENT AND PRELIMINARY BARRAGE


The view from the soviet side. The Axis powers started with all 3 pioneer platoons and the German 105s.

The "near" objective is in the top right wheat field just behind the trench line. The "far" objective is just in front of the 105s.
German pioneers to the left of me, finn pioneers to the right. (here I am- stuck in the middle with you!)



The Finn Pioneers wait in their trenches



The german 105s are dug in in gun pits.

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The IS-2s prepare to advance under the cover of a massive bombardment.



The Udarny strelkovy are ready to strike.



With mind-numbing fury the bombardment comes! The finn pioneers take heavy losses.



The 105s lose their staff team, commander, and 1 gun.



The German pioneers are relatively unscathed.




TURN ONE


With no real direct AT threats, the IS-2s all move at the double forward.



The Udarny move out to catch up.



COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
none


AXIS
none
*Note that the combat casualties do not represent pre-game losses.


TURN ONE SUMMARY

SOVIETS: RAPID ADVANCE
AXIS: Artillery attempts to range in, but cannot find its mark.


TURN TWO


Platoon 3 crosses the mines, with tank 312 catching an AT mine and being knocked out!



The other IS-2s continue their advance.



Artillery rains down on the approaching armor, but does no damage.






COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Platoon 1: 1 tank


AXIS
none


TURN TWO SUMMARY

SOVIETS: Platoon 1 crosses the mines, losing 1 tank
AXIS: Artillery ranges in, but does no damage.


TURN THREE





Platoon 1 assaults the observers in the tree-line. The platoon leader throws a track. The fearless tanks then fail motivation to counter and break off. The observers are unscathed. The remaining tank of platoon 1 sticks around.



The surviving tank of platoon 1 falls back to the mines.



The Udarny is hit by the 105s. No casualties, but they are pinned!



COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Platoon 1: 2 tanks


AXIS
none


TURN THREE SUMMARY

SOVIETS: Another platoon crosses the mines. Platoon 1 is gutted by... observers
AXIS: Artillery ranges in on the udarny, pinning them down


TURN FOUR





The IS-2s of Platoon 2 on the right crash into the finn lines!


But only kill a single team before losing one of their own and being forced to break off. Meanwhile Platoon 3 has begun to cross the mines, losing one tank in the process.


Tigers arrive!


105s again slam into the udarny (who, despite the urging of the C/O, failed to unpin).



COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Platoon 1: 2 tanks
Platoon 2: 1 tank
Platoon 3: 1 tank
Udarny: 3 teams


AXIS
Finn Pioneers: 1 team


TURN FOUR SUMMARY

SOVIETS: Platoon 2 assaults the finn pioneers, but are forced back after losing a tank.
AXIS: Artillery ranges in on the udarny again, pinning them down. Tigers arrive from reserve


TURN FIVE





Platoon 2 takes shots at the freshly arrived tigers. One tiger takes a penetrating hit, but I roll a 1- only bailing him! Platoon 3 slams into the finn lines.



Platoon 3 assaults!



With predictable results. The platoon commander is knocked out, and the remaining tank fails motivation.



The Finn pioneers are now feeling bold, and move to flank platoon 2!



The Tigers charge forward, bailing one of the 2 tanks left in platoon 2!



The Finns succeed in knocking out the platoon leader of platoon 2. The remaining tank falls back down the road!




COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY


SOVIETS
Platoon 1: 2 tanks
Platoon 2: 2 tanks
Platoon 3: DESTROYED
Udarny: 3 teams


AXIS
Finn Pioneers: 2 teams


TURN FIVE SUMMARY

SOVIETS: Platoon 3 completes the 3rd failed assault by the IS-2s this game, and is destroyed for it.
AXIS: Finn pioneers knock out the platoon leader of platoon 2.


TURN SIX





The Udarny move forward to protect the one remaining tank of platoon 2.



105s slam into them, pinning them down!



A single stuka arrives. The only stuka to arrive all game! Just one stuka knocks out the IS-2 Battalion Command, and bails the last tank of platoon 1.



Platoon 1 fails motivation as the Battalion Commander burns behind him.

With that, the Soviets are left with a battered Udarny and 1 IS-2 that can't move. The game is clearly lost. 6-1 to the finns!

11 comments:

indierockclimber said...

While I had a handful of bad die rolls, that is not at all why I lost. Besides, they had plenty of poor dice too! I was overly aggressive when I should have been slow and plodding. I should have had my Udarny clear the mines before trying to cross. The Axis reserves really weren't a threat if I had been able to focus my attack.

Well laid defenses by my opponents- I was solidly outplayed!

cbaxter said...

nice AAR! Go Finland!

Buckaroo said...

Great report... I LOVE the pic of the Stuka! Your IS-2 experience reflects my own... such a small number of trained tanks (Without wide tracks) really doesn't have the impact needed in assault and I tend to lose more IS-2s when they are bailed and then captured as I fail my motivation to counter attack!

Anatoli said...

Never thought the Axis would survive that onslaught, especially after that cripling artillery barrage at the beginning.

I too think you rushed a little too fast, maybe soften them up with 1-2 turns of IS-2 fire next time ? :-)

Jökull said...

?

Tigers in Finland (Must be the Lapland Tiger the distant (and unheard off) relation to the Siberian Tiger)

Those IS-2 don't look BF by the way... Not that I mind in that respect but the BF are nicer.

As for the report, the IS-2 is remarkably resilient. I almost won a US infantry Coy once, and had I plodded a little slower and spent a little more time shooting (every hit is a kill - well 83% of the time) I would have won.

W.DesertForce said...

What a great report. Your aggressiveness got the better of you it seems. I have never had this kind of experience with mines. Whenever I've taken them, they've been little more than scenery as the panzers roll right over them unscathed.

Mik said...

Jaw-droppingly gorgeous table and solid batrep.


As usual.

Scary Biscuits said...

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention... with IS-2s, you need to sometimes take the Admiral Ackbar approach to strategy and focus all available firepower on that super star destroyer.

...which would have been a hell of a lot easier with .50" AAMGs... just say'n ;)

indierockclimber said...

haha you're right! I actually wanted to run the .50s but I didn't have em modeled. I might have to just throw some US .50 cals on there and call it a day :P

Andrew said...

Little did you know that last Stuka was piloted by the man himself Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Why is the Stuka on fire though?

indierockclimber said...

hahaha oops, I forgot to write that in!

We decided since he was the ONLY plane to show up the whole game, that he had to get through hell to get there. He was going down, but he was taking someone with him!

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