Saturday, 15 August 2015

Stalingrad - Part Two; Oh, that's gotta hurt!

The Recce Battalion finds Russians and gets that warm fuzzy feeling you get from close proximity to high explosives..
'So, hah! my frau says if I cheat on her in Russland a giant hand will come out of ze skies und get me in my sidecar....'

'...I mean, can you believe zat woman!'
 Crossing the skyline they expose themselves to the desperate Russians in among the crops
 All at once the cereals snap, crackle and pop with small arms fire
 Out manoeuvred and out gunned the Russians let the Germans have it
 At the same time the Germans are trying to close the door on the Russians and surround them
 ...but they pop up from all over the place and the Germans are faced with point blank fire from almost every point of the compass...
 Their battle drills kick in. Surprised by the enemy in close proximity they attack
 Some Russian units, without orders, just wait and watch...
'Otto! Your wife was right!'
 The recce Bn is virtually wiped out by 82mm mortars firing in unison...
 Air support comes to the rescue...at this stage in the campaign the Wehrmact is very impressed by the Luftwaffe's command of the air...so far...
 One consequence of the struggle up to now has been...
'So my wife says "Machine gunner Ivan Ivanovich if you ever cheat on me a giant hand..."'
 ...heavy casualties all round...
 Damaged and outclassed tanks try to break away from the cauldron...
 The spearhead of panzers spread out to hold what the have gained...
 ...making way for the panzer-grenadiers...
 Red units just continue to hold their ground awaiting orders
 ...and suffer for their immobility...
 Rich pickings for JU 87B's...
 ...more suffering for the footsoldiers.
 STAVKA has dropped the ball on this one. As the Battalion's watch, the Germans manoeuvre for their next punch
 TAC HQ directs the fight as far forward as is needed...
 The Russian mortars are the most active element. They have a 'target rich' environment.
 'Not one step back' is being imposed very literally on the men by the political commissars.
 The Russians don't lack bravery, just good leadership...some things never seem to change.
 The Germans are efficient in the things they turn their hands to...that hasn't changed...only the 'things' have.
 The lone survivor!
'Come on! engine , hold on!'

'Enemy front. Load AP. Target 400m....'

 Fire! Another BT7 bites the cotton wool...
 ..the Panzer-Grenadiers are up...
 ...the panzer spearhead is refocussed...
 ...acceptable casualties so far...
 Movement...but is it too late?
 Surprises still abound...
 ...but the Germans are coordinating well...
...and having their effect...
 ...and the Russians go on paying for poor command and control.
 What can save these Russians, if anything?
 The German secret of success is never far away....radio communication...
'Night Mary-Ellen, night John-boy'
Though it won't do this lot any good....

Next time; Can the Germans be stopped? Is Mother Russia doomed? will we run out of casualty figures?

Watch this space...

11 comments:

  1. Hmm... even so I have the feeling that Russians will win the battle of Stalingrad... Not sure, it's just a feeling :)

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  2. Splendid and dynamic report, very nice pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Phil. The pictures would have been better but the players kept getting in the shot.

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  3. E for Excellent!

    Keep it up, I am loving this.

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    1. Cheers, Paul. It may become an L for long haul this is one of those that will run a while.

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  4. Brilliant post - great pictures.

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    1. Thanks, Sun. I'll have to do some more 'bangs' before people begin to recognise them...the Russians can take it though.

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  5. Great write up! Love it! Please keep them coming!

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  6. Great stuff! Some interesting conversion work on those daft Italeri poses too ;)

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