Friday, 27 November 2015

Part Five: ENDEX - Cossacks Carry the Day

 Throughout the action 5th Panzer's armour has had no real part to play. Neither the infantry, stuck in the marsh move upon move, only the Cossacks who alone kept their mobility and the mortar and Artillery combo have carried the action to a conclusion...
 The Cossacks push on cutting the line of escape for the defenders.
 Meanwhile the road block comes under intense fire mixed with smoke being now the only, and original, bar to success...
 ...the fire is murderous...
 What to do with the prisoners? In this case the dice say to follow the Fuhrer order...
 ...our first plastic atrocity...
 On go the Cossacks, moving to outflank the road block.
 Even without the encumbrance of prisoners the infantry can't get a move on.
 The A/T at the block is knocked out by a mortar round landing behind the shield...
 Another squadron of Cossacks follow the stream along the edge of the wood towards the road.

 The deep penetration group cut of the retreating remnants and take them prisoner...the dice show them to be a descent lot.
 At a canter, the Cossacks make good progress...
 ...but not the PBI...
"So, Hans, you're telling me zis 37 is more of a dinner gong or alarm clock?" 
 ...there's a whole lot of wallowing going on.
 Spotted, the Cossacks come under 120mm mortar fire!

 The guarding cavalry can do nothing to help their comrades.
 At last a target!
 ...Ooops! they look angry...
 The dismounted Cossacks pour fire onto the seemingly unguarded mortar position...
 ...but the supporting company hears the assault and gives covering fire.
 The dismounted take casualties...
 ..and the surviving mortar crew runs for apparent safety!
 The outflanking manoeuvre has failed...
 The other Cossacks cross and approach the block frontally!

 ...wait for it...wait for it...

 Infantry arrive over the last...
 ...but many stragglers are still to get forward.
 Aware the advanced Cossacks are carrying the fight the HQ and as much support as possible make best speed forward.

 A supporting stonk comes in.

 The survivors of the outflanking group fall back to the cover of the wood.
 There's still life in the blocking company and they cause hits...
 The end is near but no-one is running. They have survived their morale test. Being a separate unit, the road block force rolls separately in the scenario.
 The Cossacks dismount, not wishing to try a frontal assault and work their way...
 ...onto the road block itself

 ...they call in mortar fire as the FOO parties are on the move so there's no comms to the 105's.
 It is concentrated and devastating.
 They don't pass the next morale roll and they surrender.
They go into the bag.

Thanks to Colin for a great game. A number of 'firsts' in this one. All grist to the mill for Stalingrad as we will come across cavalry again in the snows of 'Operation Uranus' at a future date DV.

Next WW2 game - into Stalingrad itself.
Next Napoleonic game - Talavera


  1. Fun looking game, you can always rely on the Cossack's for a bit mayhem!!

    1. Still can't find any dancing ones yet but I'll keep looking.

  2. Great to see all that horse flesh in a ww2 game. Superb pictures and effects.

  3. Cheers! No plastic was harmed during the making of this feature.