The Soviet advance on Bikkelheim continued at OHQ today, General Bikkliski has sent a force in an attempt to flank the German positions, the position is lightly held but the low lying land makes the area very boggy, recent rains have not helped and the surrounding ploughed fields are now also in a decidedly soggy condition. Time however is not on the Generals side so the attack must go ahead regardless.
The attacking Soviet force consists of an infantry platoon supported by a Zis3 anti-tank gun, a scout T70, a SU57 halftrack and three T34/85's with an off table 120mm mortar battery. Its Battle Rating is 18.
The initial Soviet assault is halted in its tracks by a 120mm mortar stonk, the lead T34s crew being so rattled that they abandoned it.
After some poor coordination and lack of mortar support from the Soviets things improve slightly and the German defenders are now starting to take their first casualties, radio communication on the German side is poor and they also suffer from lack of mortar support.
However the radio op gets through and another devastating mortar strike brings the Soviet force close to exceeding its Battle Rating.
A shot from the PAK40 takes out the SU57 the resulting chit draw takes the Soviets over their Battle Rating and the attack is called off. Time has been gained to strengthen the defences of Bikkelheim for the assault that will inevitably come.
TTFN and KBO
A Russian turkey shoot with their armour stuck to the roads to avoid bogging down...sounds like a familiar storyline to me.ReplyDelete
Nice report and some cool armour on view there Phil.ReplyDelete
Thank you GeorgeDelete
Great looking game, Phil and excellent photography. You have a lot of nice toys!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jonathan.Delete
Great looking game and report. Could I please ask about the battle mat you are using - where is it from?ReplyDelete
Thank you Frank. The mat us the autumn one from Geek Villain, very fine products.Delete
Great looking gmae there Phil and a nice scenario too. The Soviets never really recovered from a bad start, or so it seems to me. Maybe better luck next time.ReplyDelete
Thank you Steve. Yes, Dave had a run of poor dice rolls, probably the worst in record here at OHQ.Delete
Oh dear that was disappointing I thought with all their might and armour the Russian would push through ? Were you even more unlucky than usual Phil. Regardless of all of that the collection looks beautiful 👍ReplyDelete
Thank you Matt. Unlucky? not at all I was in command of the defenders 🙂 and getting better than my usual dose of favour from the dice gods.Delete
A game decided largely by the vagaries of the d___ g___! Probably the poorest set of throws I've ever had, perhaps even the poorest in the history of wargaming, anywhere, ever! Grand photos though!ReplyDelete
Indeed, verily fate was agin you yesterday. It would have been quite a saga if mine had been on a par with the norm too.ReplyDelete
"poorest set of dice throws I've ever had" Wow! They must've been really, really bad. Another great game & commentary PhilReplyDelete
Thank you Jon. The dice and gods of war certainly favoured the defenders.Delete
Lovely looking game and for a nice change a big of good fortune!ReplyDelete
Thank you Iain. Indeed an unexpected success for the Germans though I doubt it will last.Delete
A great looking and sounding game Phil…ReplyDelete
But will your luck last?
All the best. Aly
Thank you Aly. Mine will most definitely not last, have to hope Dave's doesn't improve🙂Delete
Dear me, it will be a very long road to Berlin at this rate! Your dice rolling must have improved since the BoB outing....ReplyDelete
More a case of Dave's getting seriously worse I fear.Delete