|Tom was also looking to get an East Front game in, and was especially excited with the price drop in Panzergrenadiers. So I ran the list Joe used against me in our previous game, while he opted to try some Panzergrenadiers. After the board was laid out- we rolled The Big Push! |
Tom is a softie and knowing the river gave him a massive advantage he A) Decided to make the river a bog check only (normally we run it as Very Difficult) and B) did not put mines/tank traps on the one bridge across the river. His forces were holding and waiting for friendly forces to cross before blowing the bridge- but the soviets advanced far more quickly!
Now- this won't have the usual turn breakdown. Frankly, I was way too exhausted to keep up with pictures after a very long day! So the pictures will tell the story!
|Steven's Forward Detachment ||Tom's Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers |
|The board. Tom decided to keep all of his halftracks on the board- a decision which paid off in spades!|
|The men hold the bridge, waiting for their comrades.|
|Panzergrenadiers are ready to mount up and pull back at a moment's notice.|
|Pak 40s keep a watchful eye on the bridge.|
|But the Soviet advance is going better than expected! The Forward Detachment comes to ahalt as it nears the river, calling in corps artillery to soften up the enemy.|
|Freshly captured Stugs are brought forward in an attempt to infiltrate the enemy position.|
|T-34/85s cram down the road, ready to slam themselves across the bridge.|
|The tank escorts hop on after a few shots of vodka for courage!|
|The infantry is able to sneak up and infiltrate the enemy positions!|
|The Germans weather the preliminary bombardment in relatively good shape.|
|With a Shout, the men race forward! SU-152s are brought up to clear the Pillboxes.|
|T-34s form a phalanxe and gun it for the bridge.|
|2 HS-129B3s swoop in! It doesn't look good for the soviets!|
|But only a single tank goes up in flames!!|
|The Soviet advance. The HMG pillboxes and remounted halftracks tear into the soviet infantry as they attempt to cross the river.|
|T-34s cross the bridge 2 by 2!|
|Soviets assault across the wire, driving panzergrenadiers back after knocking out a halftrack!|
|T-34s crash into the position.|
|A single HS129 fires MGs on the soviet troops, but cause no casualties!|
|The Pnzergrenadiers fall back into their secondary trench. Pak 40s tear open another T-34.|
|The situation is grim as no German reserves arrive.|
|A flurry of action occurs as Decoy Stugs slam into the Panzergrenadiers, but are annihilated in a counter attack!|
|Over the trenches!|
|T-34s again slam into enemy positions, this time breaking a unit and driving the others back.|
|At this point, Tom rolls for reserves- gets none and decides he can't possibly retake the objective held by the tanks.|
|Had Tom put a tank trap or mines on the bridge he probably would've won, to be honest. I thought my tanks had no chance of assaulting that position, but when they knocked out the Pak 40s, I knew they had to go for it! Pretty fun mission, though I do apologize for the bottleneck of the road (between difficult plowed fields) and the bridge forcing me to run my T-34s like a Roman shield wall. |
The halftracks were pretty awesome! very few were lost in the actual combat, but they kept my tank escorts from swinging very reliably!
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