Friday, 27 March 2015

Last days of the Reich - The Red Torrent

"The Glorious sword of the USSR stabs deep into the heart of the fascistic Nazi lair under the brilliant leadership of comrade Stalin!" Screams the Front newspaper...meanwhile, back in the real (20mm Rapid Fire!) world, one of Koniev's reconnaissance Divisions punches an unexpected hole in the dwindling German eastern defences and sets an very vicious cat among the exhausted pigeons.
Three columns of armour with artillery support and tank riding assault companies race across the eastern fatherland in an effort to seize and hold all the river crossings on their front. They are expected by their commanders to open the way for the southern sweep around Berlin.
 Two heavy companies of IS2's supported by Katyusha's are the punch
 In the van the ubiquitous T34's with riders plough through the standing crops
 The reliability of Russian equipment tells in this long march...well nearly 10 feet and counting...
 When tanks roll the earth shakes
 The last and best of the German reserve burn precious fuel to plug this ever widening gap
 Two recce companies of Kampf group 'Dryer' (a former coiffure from Bremen) arrive to estimate the size of the problem and prepare to sacrifice themselves to buy time...
 Taking advantage of the brow of a small rise they begin to take pot shots at the advancing units
 the other company tries to secure the most exposed crossing
 First blood to the defenders. The lead T34 brews and is passed immediately
 The company fires till the barrels blister with the heat. They relay the coordinates to their deploying support...
 A Nebelwerfer salvo smashes into the head of the nearest column sweeping away tank riders and churning up the ground.
 The fury of the stonk subsides...
 ...and the Russians don't even pause, they just deploy into a wider attack formation...
 Russian anti-tank rounds tear through the recce vehicles like knives through foil and the survivors pull back into dead ground
 Russian armour passes quickly through the previous beaten zone...
 An unlucky StuH attempts to cover the recce retreat and pay the price of revealing its position to the overwhelming fire.
 The SU's come up. This anti-tank element will hold any vital ground gained along with its supporting troops.
 T34/85's and Katyusha launchers ride shotgun for the anti-tank companies
 The charge is on...
'Wait for it...wait for it...'
Is this the end for the recce troop? Will Herr Dryer ever see his salon again? Are the Russians to sweep the board? Does anyone give a monkey's? Have I forgotten where the full stop key is? Tune in next time to find out!

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