Monday, 10 August 2015

Stalingrad - Part One

Over the Don and the German 6th Army hustles the Russian 64th Army out of the way simultaneously pushing Russian 62nd Army back towards the outskirts of Stalingrad. The Russian forces are in complete disarray and have arguably not been this disrupted since 'Barbarossa' in 1941.
 To simulate this dislocation each Russian unit fights independently of each other and the usual morale rules of Rapid Fire don't apply to the Russians. Above, the Russians make a stand in the environs of a Collective Farm (if closed, please slip death sentence under the door)...
 The Germans are supported by armour, but not as much as they would like due to continuing supply problems - ironically the kind this operation was to alleviate!
 'Case Blue' saw army Group South split into two further operations. Group A was of on a skiing holiday to the Caucasus via the oilfields (Operation Edelweiss) Group B was off for a fishing trip to the Volga at Stalingrad (Operation Heron)...
 ...only some of the chaps didn't realise they'd have to crawl most of the way!
 Panzer III's supported by the Panzer IV F2's with the new longer L43 anti-tank armament support this infantry regiment forward.
 The tanks are bold, not because they are mob handed but because...
 ...they are supported by a Stuka Geshwader.
 A lager of Russian BT7's is bumped by the air cover and by the outflanking recce battalion.
 Shocked, they initially disperse. Radio comms isn't a Russian strong suite.
'Run, comrade! It's Steve Mc Queen!'
 The Zundaps take casualties but still, tanks don't usually flee from motorbikes.
 The infantry continue to slog through the fields on the worlds longest and most dangerous nature rambles.
 The Red Air Armies, all four of them on this front, have ceded command of the air to the Luftwaffe...
'Good job I have my helmet on!'
 ...so if it moves, or shows signs of life, it gets the treatment.
 Mortar rounds and bombs pound the farm complex...
 ...the 105mm SP support joins in the havoc...
 The advancing panzer's join the BT hunt
 ...but having had enough, the BT's turn on their pursuers..
 ...another direct hit on the former church, now admin block.
 The recce battalion cuts the road east of the farm...
 ...now a Panzer IV burns for a change...
 ..the infantry are getting up to the action.
 They will keep up their chase to the Volga...after all won't the war be over once the Volga is reached? Won't the men get farms and slave workers and live the good life!?
Pinocchio prowls for more targets.

Next time: Come out, come out, wherever you are!



18 comments:

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    1. Cheers, Paul. Hear you're going to stay amongst the Sassenach's, still, they will be lucky to have you and the family. Hope you have a knees up before departure and remember to keep up the blogging.

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    2. Will do! It will take us a while to move everyone down, which means I'll still be coming up in this direction every so often. Still hoping to put on a large game during the winter holidays...

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  2. When I grow up, I want to be able to write AARs/BATREPs like you.

    Also, damn you sir for making Rapid Fire so appealing to me again!

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    1. Thanks, Steven but don't grow up, I hope I never do. RF is a simple system and the bigger the game, the more the anomalies work themselves out. If it's simple and logical you can concentrate on enjoying the game.

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  3. Great stuff! I do like to see a Stuka getting into the action!

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    1. Yeah! Mr Junkers must have been a war-gamer; it's an iconic terror weapon.

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  4. A for awesome!

    Top notch reporting and set up. Respect!!!

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    1. Cheers, Paul. This could prove to be a long slog...no tea and bickies for the Russians in the first half, then no tea and bickies for the Germans in the second half...what do you think?

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  5. Sounds like an excellent game. Thanks for the nice report.

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    1. Thanks, Stephan. It's just a war-game so no stink, suffering and terror...but it will be a desperate contest I'm sure.

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  6. Great looking game and kit, awesome mate

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  7. Looks like a huge table with an impressive collection and layout. Loved those aerial shots

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    1. Thanks, yes it's large at 24 feet long so, we have to get scenery cheap and in plentiful supply.

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  8. These pictures in the fields are splendid and very impressive, excellent AAR!

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    1. Thanks, Phil. It's amazing what you can do with a cheap coir door mat and a Stanley knife.

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