The Soviet objectives apart from destroying the fascist invaders are the crossroads, the rise at the end of the village and the railway siding just out of shot on the far right. The German dice throw gave them just four units with which to form the initial defence, luckily only one of these became pinned by the preliminary Soviet bombardment, it was however my poor choice in these initial units that lead to my eventual downfall. Not however did it take away from Dave the finesse of his attack plan which always had me on the back foot throughout the game. As always i can remember what took place in the early moves but as things hot up and further units appear on table one gets caught up in the action and cannot remember the fine detail, therefore below is a little photo montage with narrative which will give a flavour of the action I hope.
|Aerial view from the Soviet start line.|
|The initial German defence position.|
|One of the few German successes, a T34 burns|
|It could have been worse, the result of a Soviet 120mm mortar battery strike|
|Soviet infantry work around the German right flank|
|And Lo! things were worse, a hit from a Soviet T34 destroys a German PzIII|
|Anti-tank grenade attack! Ivan Upyaabhum scores a home run.|
|The Russians steam forward along the entire front|
|Another PzIII bites the dust, side swiped by the T34|
|A Soviet KV1E follows up in un-needed support|
|German grenadiers shelter behind a burning PzIII|
By turn seven the Soviets had gained two objectives with the third about to be attained next turn, the Germans needed to unpin units for that turn if they were to stop that happening, the resultant battle rating counter took them over their total, so the remaining units quit the field. An impressive Soviet win, breaking Dave's current run of defeats.
Ps. ITS MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!