Clash at the Crossroads
A “Mein Panzer” AAR for your consideration.
The scenario is a German drive to take a crossroad in the Soviet rear. The kampfgruppe has two Panther G platoons of 3 tanks each; a Mk IV platoon of 4 tanks; a mounted Panzer Grenadier company of two platoons (3 squads each); 2 HQ Panthers; and support by an off-map 105 battery. Trailing behind the kampfgruppe are three StuG IVs. Opposing is an adhoc Soviet force of: 1 three gun SU-76M battery; 1 T-34-76 company of 7 tanks; 2 Zis-3 AT guns with Studebaker prime movers; an infantry company of 2 platoons with 2 squads each; a battery of 76mm artillery in support (maybe); an IL-2 sortie; and a depleted T-34/85 company as reinforcements on the way. The troops for both sides were rated as regulars.
This is an overview of the terrain. The Germans will enter from the top of the photo, 6 inches either side of the road. The Soviets will defend the crossroads and its approaches.
This picture shows the German entry path (in blue). The Soviet positions are in red. Position A is a low ridge where the SU-76 battery is deployed. Position B is low ground filled with scrub and small trees. The T-34/76 company is deployed here to ambush the Germans. Position C is the village. The Soviet infantry company is deployed here in dug-in positions. Position D is where two Zis-3 76mm guns are dug-in. The Soviets are deployed hidden with along with some dummy positions. The German does not know what he is facing.
The Germans cautiously advancing along the road. They've already engaged the SU-76 battery which was in the woods to their right front. The Soviets lost 1 SU-76 with the surviving 2 withdrawing deeper into the woods to escape the fire power of the Panthers. The picture shows the first pass of the Il-2. It made a rocket attack on one of the Panthers, but missed.
The German tank line cautiously approaches the Soviet concealed T-34 company in the brushy low ground. The Soviets need to get close and try for flank shots to take out the Panthers, hence they are trying for an ambush.
The Panthers spotted a T-34, engaged it, but only immobilized it (back luck on the To-Kill rolls). The Soviets then charged forward and managed to enjoy good To-Hit and To-Kill rolls, killing 2 Panthers and 1 Mk IV, the kills generating brew-ups.
The end of turn 8. The surviving T-34s moved out to try to kill the surviving Panther and to try to get at the Panzer Grenadiers in their transports. It is not to be. The Germans respond by bringing over their right flank Panther platoon who deal with the Soviet T-34s. Unfortunately for the Germans, the Mk IV platoon fails its morale check due to their loss of a tank and Break. The IL-2 returns to the map, makes another rocket attack on a Panther and gets a kill. By now the Germans have lost 5 of their 12 tanks. The Soviets have lost 1 SU-76 and 5 of 7 T-34/76s.
The reinforcing T-34-85 company arriving on the map on turn 10. I had it set so that on turn 8 the Soviets would begin to roll for their arrival, needing a 1-2 on a D6 to bring them on. Once they got the arrival roll the Soviet then rolled to see how many of the 10 tanks in the company actually made it. Each vehicle was rolled for with a 1-2 of a D6 taking them out of the arrival.
The T-34-85s deploy to the left of the village. They are attempting to dominate the open ground in front of the village, ground over which the Germans must cross.
The Germans recover their temporarily retreated Mk IV platoon and begin to move towards their objective. The Sturmovik returns and lines up to attack the German tanks again, but AA fire from the German halftrack mounted machineguns downs the Soviet plane which falls onto the battlefield.
The T-34-85s engage the advancing German armor.
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