As part of Steve's Ponyri Campaign (over at Sound Officers' Call Blog), we staged the Second Battle of Buzuluk here at the bunker, in order to establish what would be happening during the Soviet counter-attack on the right flank.
This could determine the outcome of the battle ...so no pressure for Fitz or I...
- The biggest consideration today was the wider campaign, and that changes the dynamic in your moves - all of them...
- You consider that some of these forces must be kept for another day.
- Though forced to a degree, the armour is a precious commodity.
- We could see how a Pyrrhic victory works in a campaign setting. Though there was a winner today, both sides were exhausted ...almost made combat ineffective. You begin to see how losing the battles does not mean that you lose the campaign.
'Last week, the Soviets lost Buzuluk, an extremely important piece of real-estate to the Germans. Buzuluk keeps Tank Hill and Kleninskoye supplied. If captured, the German rear area will be threatened, including Maslovo, a supply source for the Germans. Additionally, the cut off Soviet units will be resupplied and available for future operations.'
OOBs were roughly:
- A Soviet Infantry Regiment with a company of T34s in support.
- Now about those tanks...we had a card draw system in place (based on FoB) to determine initiative, while using Rapid Fire mechanics...with a card in there that dictated that if the Soviets lost half the company brewed-up or damaged...they would not pursue the armoured element of the attack (or at least only support with HE), as the tanks would have to be kept for later in the campaign. (Commander Kenski has insisted upon this)...
This would prove critical today.
- The Germans had a rag-tag Kampfgruppe/Battalion in defence, with two reinforced companies in improved positions (they would stay mostly in the town and woods), some PAKs, and the chance of a STGIII.
Soviets have good artillery support, but it would prove harder to call in that that of the Germans.
Excuse only a few pics on this occasion, as we were VERY involved with the action.
Ka-chick... as the MG42s sight across open ground to the right of the woods.
But ultimately beaten back with heavy losses.
At the same time, their armour as decided that losses (now 50%) are too high, and they will not pursue the attack into the built up area.
The Germans pass their morale and remain to fight. (They have lost a full company and tank support, and both PAKs).
The German player wipes sweat from his brow....EPIC!
(I nearly forgot the latest from Radio Gobin. Some of you might have preferred that I had ... ;) )