Friday, 29 July 2016

Operation 'Uran' - Uranus

 All along the front of Romanian 3rd Army the sound of Stalin's Organ can be heard announcing the attack!
The Romanian positions come under a deluge of explosive

 Trenches collapse. Dugouts cave in. The rockets drop out of a white sky to smash the frozen ground along the length of the defenses

 And if the screaming shells weren't enough then the shouts of 'Huzzah!' from thousands of throats wash over the enemy. The sound of impending doom
 Ski troops...
 ...swing out to find a way through the defence
 Meanwhile, more cavalry...
 ...and infantry assault frontally
 On they come, between the katyushas, on over the snow
 The Romanians have woken up and are replying as fast as their frozen fingers with allow

 but still the Russians come on
 Little kate plays her mournful wail over and over
 On the receiving end the Romanians find themselves with a target rich environment
 but their front line is pretty chewed up
'Hmmm, this is acceptable'
 The Political Commissar is ecstatic
 Add to the cacophony the squeal of tracks and strain of diesel engines. T34's designed with the Russian climate in mind, bound over the steppe, rider jumping down to run alongside and get the cover advantage
 Fast and silent the ski troops advance
 This gun crew are not feeling very confident...
 ...but the Russians are. This is Mother Russia on the move. Snow is Russia's element and great ally. Great armies have perished here before...and will again
'Go on, have a look' - 'What! no, YOU take a look!'
 Romanian MG position considers its tactical options
 Tchanka MMG wagons accompany the cavalry as heavier mobile support
 Old and new military techniques, armour and cavalry, have a place in the Russian order of battle. No useful tool is left out of Russia's vast arsenal of men, animals and machines
 ...and relentless, ruthless determination...
will see them close with and destroy the enemy...unless they get better dice?

Next time: Contact! - up close and personal.


  1. Lovely looking game, Simon. Those winter T-34s look mean, and the MG wagons are great.

    1. Thanks Paul. The Tchankas were Colins inspiration. A T34 always looks mean!

  2. yep, cool game and pictures

  3. Brilliant terrain and figures, particularly love the trenches.. but it's your photography that gives it that added atmosphere. Well done sir! I like your style.

    1. Thank you Silent. It's amazing the effect you can get with matchsticks, talc and corrugated cardboard.

  4. A great set of photos. The one of the massed cavalry is very atmospheric.



    1. Yes Pete it reminds me of those Russian newsreels you often see on the telly. Thanks for the kind comment.

  5. Like to see the old Airfix Russians and all in white too.

    1. They've gone a bit 'magnolia' with age I'm afraid!

  6. Excellent visuals mate!

    In awe I am.

  7. My god how did I miss this