Wednesday, 14 March 2012

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

 No, there will not be a 'Part 7'. This part of the war between the non smoking Charlie Chaplin impersonator cum Great Dictator mit der wee 'tash guy and the heavy smoking wee dictator with the squeaky voice and the big 'tash chap....is over.

The action came to a crescendo last night. The German remnants causing great losses among the Russian hordes....
'I'm your commander! Get out of the way! Can't you see I'm panicking!?'
 The town held out to the last man. Usually in RF somebody will break eventually but this infantry battalion lost every element of support destroyed or driven off and yet the dice were with them the entire game.
 A final coordinated assault...
 ...right around the town....
 ...forcing the remaining Germans to scramble into the buildings away from the walls they had held...
 ...T 34/76's are mauled by the company of Panthers holding the valley floor north of the town...
 ...assisted by the dwindling PAK40's on the hill...
 ....finished...
 Mortars keep the pressure on the assaulting Russians. It cost them three battalions of infantry and a shed load of tanks and SPG's to take the place...
 ...scrambling...
 ...they're in...
 ...but taking a beating...
 ...enfilading fire from 20mm Flak...
 ...very effective...
 ....against infantry in the open...
 German HQ finally over run...
 ...no prisoners taken...(it was a waste of time me painting any)

 ...last of the mortars still in action..
 Main part of 2nd defensive battle group STILL waiting for orders...
 Top end outflanking move punished heavily...
 ...chaos impedes Russian movement...
 At last, the return of the close air support...
 ...with very specific orders...
 ...a hit...
 ...and again....
 ...bye, bye bridge...engineers...ear drums...
 Elements of the Russian top outflanking force reach the river....game over.
 HQ truck takes direct hit...
 Russian main force arrives....just in the nick of too late.
 ...vain defence keeps up...
 ...but towards the burning town the main force rumbles.
 Here come some very old (33yrs) IS3 playing the part of IS2's (because in the olden days you could never get IS2's)
 ...more arrives from the six position...
 Yes, this is my Berlin stuff...
 They think it's all over...
 well, it is now...
 These heavy weights just push the detritus of war aside...
 ... on to the river...

This is what got away. Roughly, 1 and a 1/2 battalions of infantry (60-70 figs) 1 coy Pz IVH's, 1 STUG IV, 3 Recce and 2 Nebelwerfer's. Corps, Div, Regiment and most Bn HQ's destroyed or in the bag.

ENDEX

Terrific game. Thanks to all the chaps. Next, a break while we change the blond sand for the much better red sand.
'Well comrade...maybe next time we'll get to shoot.'




8 comments:

  1. Just stumbled upon your blog by coincidence!
    This AAR was a pleasure to read! Nice terrain, nice models, nice details (I like your wounded/dead-markers, are they selfmade?!)... Great stuff!

    Cheers, Mojo

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    1. Ta Mojo. Yes, just plastics cut up on modelling clay bases. I have 100's of casualties cheap.

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    2. I'll be copying that :)
      I dislike simply removing dead men from the table...

      A suggestion for you:
      I made damage markers by gluing cotton wool on small washers. Sprayed it black to represent smoke and drybrushed the lower part with red and yellow.
      Looks like small fires, you can put one or more on the engine-deck of your tanks to represent non-fatal hits :)
      Sorry, I ain't got any pics ready for that...

      Cheers, Mojo

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  2. Great ending to a riveting series of posts. Awesome stuff.

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    1. Thanks and glad you enjoyed it. Hope to get another one going soon.

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  3. Awesome game mate, great scenery, models and figures

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    1. Thanks for your comment Al. If you've the space and time then sand really is the medium for 2WW games as it's pretty seamless and gives a lot of unplanned dead ground.

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