Thursday, 1 March 2012

Operation "Bagration" 1944: The Rout (Part Four)

 Amazingly, but somehow true to form, the German fighting retreat, as this has become, continues to survive. The Rapid Fire rules set is holding up well in the fast moving and extremely confused fighting.

The Russian recce in force is still chivvying the enemy along while at the same time trying to cut it into chunks for further digestion.



Matchbox Panthers, Airfix Famo and Esci/Revel figures
A hotchpotch of rear echelon troops (Bn, Div and Corps HQ's) stagger along the road out of town...

Pz IV H's Top: Skytrex, below: Frontline (old style) and right: scratch Airfix
 Out of fuel the defence company await targets of opportunity...
Horch 69 by Matchbox, Flak Hasegawa, 250 Esci
 A realignment of the second defence battle group punishes the Russian out flanking move around the town
T34 Armourfast but SU85's unknown
 ...anti-tank and mortar fire have most of the T34's shed their infantry on the 3 position
T60 unknown, Blitz's Esci and Frontline
 The 6 assault swerves to avoid accurate and sustained defensive fire...
Matchbox
 ...at the top end of the table the approach to the junction is in danger of becoming exposed to the concentrated fire of an unexpectedly interlocking defence. It wasn't necessarily arranged that way but the Germans are getting that effect as their forces become more packed into the crossings zone.
Airfix with Frontline GAZ
 The Russians take advantage....
 ...of their ability to punish the slow moving German infantry in the open
Matchbox (sheep unknown but one might be Doris)
 ...a slight and a heavy damage...but there is nowhere to run...
 ....huzzah!...
 A hit! the Panther burns and the HQ elements scatter off the road towards the nearest defensive position
 The Russians are rolling much better for their morale...but have a wait for their next wave of air support.
 Russian attacks continue to be roughly handled.
Scratch built Airfix/Esci
 ...and a few ad hoc ambushes await cross fire opportunities
 ...if the town is cut off it will be all over for the two defence battle groups...
 the exchange of fire is relentless...
 ...deadly...


Burning and 'heavy damage' Airfix 234's
 ...and ferocious...
 Even though Russian losses are high...
 materiel superiority is definitely with the Red Army
 This shows in their reckless attacks...
Front Airfix STUG III, rear: unknown STUG IV with Esci Nebelwerfer's
 ...and in the abject terror of the Germans.
Infantry mainly FAA with some Dixon
 discipline prevails...
Top: Frontline with Esci crewman and bottom: Matchbox with old Airfix crewman
...but for how much longer?

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