Time for some more RFR - and with a great scenario book from Steve Shan over at the Nations in Arms blog.
- The author's familiarity with both the end-of-war in the east and the nuances of the rules really shine through.
- Maps and OOBs are superb. Very well written and organised, with superb pictures.
- Thoroughly recommended. As an item produced outside the 'official' RF stable, it's incredible work.
The battle itself was the April 16th 1945 scenario - 'Across the Haupt Graben' - a very tough ask for Soviet forces, despite their numerical superiority.
Also seeing more and more to like in RFR - especially when I see some of Steve's hacks in action.
|German defensive lines - sparse, but terrain is in their favour.|
|From an armoured standpoint, despite Soviet numbers, they have some advantages.|
|...though that does not lessen the impact of Soviet 'Animal Killers'.|
|...though outnumbered, there is a tough German defence in depth in there.|
|Heavier Soviet armour (with restricted ammo in IS2s) on their right.|
|...with '85s on the right - with numbers.|
|Smoke in the centre as a breakthrough is attempted. The road is pivotal here due to marshy nature/flooding of surrounding terrain.|
|Panthers plus an additional Tiger also sit to provide defence in depth.|
|Early action on the Soviet right...|
|...while centre and left become crucibles of close in fights with Panzerfausts and infantry actions.|
|...and the odd Tiger I.|
|Panthers move across the bridge to reinforce the German left, which is about to fall.|
|Perhaps inevitably, weight of Russian armour caves in the first line of defence in the centre.|
|...thereby creating the need for some diversification of effort...|
|,,,though it doesn't all go the German's way.|