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Friday, February 24, 2012

SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers vs Soviet Guards Strelkovy (Firestorm Game 5)

This was game 5 of our Firestorm Campaign- I was attacking into Lepel to connect with my cut off bretheren! The Germans caught wind of the attack and immediately attempted a counter attack!

Having just recently finished the first parts of the German Train, we allowed Sean to let it roll on to the battlefield, which brought us to around equal points including my Firestorm troops.

Sean's Kanonen rolls full ROF for the commander and re-roll skill checks for the platoon.

Thanks to ROn Bingham for the shell craters again!

The Mission is: PINCER

NOTES: Honestly, this is HANDS DOWN the BEST game of Flames of War I've ever played.






Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
  • HQ + Panzerfausts + Panzerschreck
  • Armored Panzergrenadiers
  • Armored Panzergrenadiers
  • Trucked Panzergrenadiers (Firestorm- I was out of halftracks)
  • 4x Panthers with Kanonen
  • 6 Nebelwerfers (3 Panzerwerfers Stand In)
  • Armored Train w/ 1 artillery, 2 tank hunter cars
  • 2 38(T) escort tanks
Steven's Guards Strelkovy
  • HQ + Pioneers + Supply Wagon + AT Gun Platoon + Sniper
  • 2 Platoon Strelkovy + Kom + HMG
  • 1 Platoon Strelkovy + Kom + HMG
  • Strelkovy Mortars
  • 4x ISU-122 w/ Rat and .50 cals
  • 3x T-34/85s (Firestorm)
  • 5x T-34s (Firestorm)






SETUP AND DEPLOYMENT


The board. Objectives are the statue in the center Right, and the grey large base in the North between the stream and the marsh.



Pioneers bolster the ranks.



The Soviet HQ Stands guard over the statue of Lenin



Panzergrenadiers prepare to roll out!



Panzerwerfers prepare to lay down a covering barrage





UNITS IN RESERVE
Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
  • The Train & Escorts
Steven's Guards Strelkovy
  • T-34s
  • T-34/85s
  • Mortars





DEPLOYMENT SUMMARY
Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers: Panzergrenadiers and Panthers prepare for a general advance!

Steven's Guards Strelkovy: The big platoon deploys in the North behind some wire. The small platoon deploys in the South. ISUs are placed in ambush.

All HQ attachments are given to the large Strelkovy




TURN 1


Chooo Chooo!!



CHOO CHOO!



Escort Tank.



Nebelwerfers open up, and knock out one of the 45mm AT guns!



Next the Train opens up...



And knocks out an HMG team, paving the way for the Panzergrenadiers!



Panthers and Panzergrenadiers advance!



The Heer Trucked Panzergrenadiers sneak up the wood.



Soviets sit tight.





COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
    Steven's Guards Strelkovy
    • Large Strelkovy: 2 Guns, 1 stand
    • Small Strelkovy: 1 Gun





    TURN 1 SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers: There is a general advance under cover from a barrage by the train and nebelwerfers!

    Steven's Guards Strelkovy: Hold tight, men!




    TURN 2


    Top of 2!



    The Escort tanks are tasked with knocking out the 45mm Gun holding up the Panzergrenadiers.



    The Artillery park



    Panzergrenadiers and Panthers advance!



    Continued barrage wears at the soviet lines



    Panzergrendiers zing left into the field



    Panzer 38(t)s lead the Panzergrenadiers forward!



    A Soviet flame thrower races forward, and nails 2 halftracks and their passengars!





    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
    • South Panzergrenadiers: 4 stands
    Steven's Guards Strelkovy
    • Large Strelkovy: 2 Guns, 3 stands
    • Small Strelkovy: 1 Gun





    TURN 2 SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers: Sean continues to advance under the cover of artillery bombardments.

    Steven's Guards Strelkovy: The Strelkovy mostly keep their heads down, but a flame thrower races forward and knocks out 4 enemy stands!




    TURN 3


    Turn 3.



    Panthers push forward and prepare to launch a bold assault!



    The train continues pounding the soviet lines



    Panthers slam into the Strelkovy!



    The Strelkovy counter attack! (Note the guy with the green dot was an observer who cannot counter in V3- we quickly fixed this)



    The fight continues.



    Three Panthers push through the enemy position, leaving one comrade to be captured.



    One Big Cat goes down!



    Panthers in the Soviet rear!



    Panzergrenadiers continue pushing forward. The 38(t)s knock out the 45mm AT Gun!



    Just as Soviet T-34s arrive!



    The ISU-122s ambush!



    A Soviet Sniper takes aim on the German artillery.



    The T-34s fire on the halftracks, knocking two out!



    Two tracks and 1 stand go up!



    The ISUs knock out 2 tanks and bail the other.





    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
    • South Panzergrenadiers: 4 stands
    • North Panzergrenadiers: 1 stand
    • Panthers: 3 tanks
    Steven's Guards Strelkovy
    • Large Strelkovy: 3 Guns, 5 stands
    • Small Strelkovy: 1 Gun, 3 stands





    TURN 3 SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers: 38(t)s pave the way for the Panzergrenadiers as the Panthers crash through the soviet lines!


    Steven's Guards Strelkovy: T-34s arrive as the ISUs launch their ambush!





    TURN 4


    Top of 4



    South Panzergrenadiers hook behind the Small Strelkovy!



    Artillery slams into the condensed Soviet troops!



    Panzergrenadiers drive the enemy back in a succesful mounted asault!



    Heer Panzergrenadiers are ordered to assault!



    The assault!



    The front line falls. Into the breach, men!



    The Soviets counter and wipe out 5 stands!



    T-34s and Strelkovy surge forward!



    Having exactly 15 teams, the Strelkovy whether the defensive fire to launch their assault!



    The SS do what the SS do, and fight back heartily.



    The Soviets keep coming in wave attacks!



    But the SS won't back down!



    Eventually driving the Soviets back, even after encouragement from the Komissar! But the SS are exhausted from the fight, and quit the field after forcing multiple casualties on the Strelkovy!





    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
    • South Panzergrenadiers: 4 Stands
    • North Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • Panthers: DESTROYED
    • Heer Trucked Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • Escort Tanks: 1 tank
    Steven's Guards Strelkovy
    • Large Strelkovy: 3 Guns, 18 stands
    • Small Strelkovy: 1 Gun, 5 stands





    TURN 4 SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers: In the South, Panzergrenadiers slam into the small Strelkovy in a mounted assault, driving them back and putting them below half! In the North, Heer Panzergrenadiers charge the Strelkovy, but are gutted and destroyed in retaliation!

    Steven's Guards Strelkovy: In the North, the Strelkovy come out with guns blazing and assault the German force! In the end, a lone bailed 38(t) remains. The creek runs red.




    TURN 5


    So much blood.



    Sean's Panzergrenadiers dismount and let the halftracks hook around behind the remaining infantry.



    The lone 38(t) remounts and tenaciously goes after the Strelkovy!



    Artillery continues pounding the position!



    A tank Hunter car knocks out the Soviet Sniper who succesfully kept the nebelwerfers pinned for 2 turns!



    With very few teams surviving, the 38(t) goes for it! The T-34 misses both shots to stop the assault! The 38(t) actually runs the remainders of the Strelkovy unit!! Knights Cross is to be awarded.



    T-34/85s arrive and fire on the train.



    The Locomotive blows up in a spectacular display, leaving the train immobile!



    The tank hunter cars will have their hands full!



    ISUs knock out some halftracks



    The remnants of both sides stare at each other in the small copse of trees.





    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
    • South Panzergrenadiers: 4 Stands
    • North Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • Panthers: DESTROYED
    • Heer Trucked Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • Escort Tanks: 1 tank
    • Train: Locomotive
    Steven's Guards Strelkovy
    • Large Strelkovy: DESTROYED
    • Small Strelkovy: 1 Gun, 5 stands
    • HQ: CO dead, Battalion Komissar dead, Sniper dead





    TURN 5 SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers: Sean is tenacious! The lone Panzer 38(t) on the right flank doggedly chases down the strelkovy, in the woods, supported by T-34s... and breaks the company! The shattered remnants of his Panzergrenadiers fight on in the South.

    Steven's Guards Strelkovy: T-34s hunt down the lone 38(t) and knock it out. ISUs destroy several halftracks, but the remaining transports stay the field. T-34/85s take on the train!





    TURN 6


    The battle is nearing its conclusion



    Despite coming under direct fire, the train continues sending shells down range.



    And even knocks out a T-34!



    The Panzergrenadiers shoot the Strelkovy to pieces!



    And see them off!



    T-34s crash through the woods in an attempt to stop the Panzergrenadiers.



    Soviet Mortars arrive from reserve!



    ISU-122s drive forward, MGs blazing.



    The Panzergrenadiers are hopelessly surrounded.



    The train wipes out a T-34/85!



    The ISUs kill everyone, except for the Old Man himself! The Veteran Dietrich Von Seanhausen



    With just a single team on the Soviet side of the board, the ISUs decide to assault.



    The situation goes south quickly!





    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
    • South Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • North Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • Panthers: DESTROYED
    • Heer Trucked Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • Escort Tanks: 1 tank
    • Train: Locomotive
    Steven's Guards Strelkovy
    • Large Strelkovy: DESTROYED
    • Small Strelkovy: DESTROYED
    • HQ: CO dead, Battalion Komissar dead, Sniper dead
    • T-34s: 1 tank
    • ISU-122s: 3 Assault Guns
    • T-34/85s: 1 tank





    TURN 6 SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers: Sean stays in the fight! The Train accounts for 2 tanks.

    Steven's Guards Strelkovy: All assets focus on the few German infantry on the Soviet side of the table, until the German CO single handedly knocks out 3 ISU-122s, and forces the 4th back!




    TURN 7


    But the Hauptman has had enough! He charges from the woods, runs up the front of the assault gun, and fires into the open hatch before leaping to the ground!



    But the T-34s sniff through the wreckage like hounds on a trail...



    Mortars encircle the German CO.



    Rounds bursting around him drown out his cries of "Long Live Sacred Germany!"



    The left flank at the end of the battle



    The right flank



    Shortly thereafter, the train is captured and put into Soviet Service.



    The next and final round of Turn 1 again sees the Germans attempting to capture Lepel.





    COMBAT CASUALTY SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers
    • South Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • North Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • Panthers: DESTROYED
    • Heer Trucked Panzergrenadiers: DESTROYED
    • Escort Tanks: 1 tank
    • Train: Locomotive
    Steven's Guards Strelkovy
    • Large Strelkovy: DESTROYED
    • Small Strelkovy: 1 Gun, 5 stands
    • HQ: CO dead, Battalion Komissar dead, Sniper dead
    • T-34s: 1 tank
    • ISU-122s: DESTROYED
    • T-34/85s: 1 tank





    TURN 7 SUMMARY
    Sean's SS Wiking Panzergrenadiers: The German CO charges forward and knocks out the last ISU!

    Steven's Guards Strelkovy: The Soviets mercilessly gun down the Hautpman.






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