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Tuesday 14 October 2014

Defence Line Ost 1943

Dave popped over yesterday for our Eastern front WWII game using Battlegroup rules, the scenario was taken from the Kursk book.
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.



  1. A very happy birthday to you!
    A splendid looking game.

    1. It was rather good fun, despite being on the losing side :-)

  2. Happy Birthday, Phil! Great game! Brilliant pictures!
    Hurrah for Ivan Upyaabhum!!!! Hero of the Soviet Union I think!!!!

  3. Commiserations on the defeat, but a nice report - lovely pics. Happy Birthday, too!

  4. Happy Birthday. Looks like a fun game. Well done.

    1. Thank you Chris, it was a great game, very tense but fun.

  5. Great looking game. Nice photos of the board, looks very realistic i.e. very. Russian. Happy Birthday Phil.

  6. Happy birthday Phil, great looking game.

    All the best


  7. Hope you had a happy birthday, great looking game!

    1. Many thanks, sure did had a couple of hobby related gifts too :-)

  8. Greats pictures and very good report.
    Thank you very much.