Friday, 18 March 2016

Stalingrad - The Barrikady: Part Five

Air superiority allows the ground troops the 'flying artillery' that has proved so successful through to this point, for the German Army, during the 2WW. The subtle way the Rapid Fire! rule system works makes infantry the glass slipper wearers (frostbite no surprise then) and armour and air power the two ugly sisters. No single technical arm has an automatic right destroy the PBI.
The Stukas can only wail into kestrel-like action should the ground observers be able to direct them...
...and if the rupert with the radio is on the move, yer stuffed. Consolidating their hard fought for gains Cinders (because the Germans reduced everything they attacked to those) suddenly spots a clear and present danger.
 ...in hard cover...
 ...hull down...
 ...taking aim...
 Firing!
 Despite the hard covet the 76.2 gun hits home hard
 ...and again
 Weapons clearly unable to deal with threat. Too far off for 'heroic (stupid) action'.
 Last two Russians in this part of the complex surrender to the enemy and his tender mercies
 Something is keeping that T34 in place. Patriotism? Valour? Fear? A cracking bonus scheme?
 The katyushas keep up the harassing fire. There must be an observer close by.
 There is a fair amount of space inside and a lane for traffic through the original buildings - now rubble
 The infantry stick close to their supporting armour. Units get mixed up easily in the close terrain.
 The prisoners keep being pushed along to the rear
 One Bn HQ finds a nice cozy wall to kip against
 Smoke covers the armour up to the next junction. Nerves a jangle for the next ambush by some hidden ATG
 A Stug trundles up the road from the workshop. The Light Aid Detachment having done some running repairs
 IG's will need to get forward soon
 The follow up Regiment is hard on the heels of the forward troops...
 Support Coy moving...
Though everyone is cautious because of the screaming of 'little kate'.

Next time: Is there enough stuff to finish the job?

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Stalingrad - The Barrikady: Part Four

 It's been a while. I've had a bout of 'flu. But we're back with a bang (of dice) and a marathon day last Saturday. The story so far is that the Germans are bringing down superior forces and overweening fire power on a narrow front to break in to the factory complex environs...
Finally, allotted a target area, the Stuka's roll into their classic dives
 The Militia (Opolchenie) have illuminated their positions by fire imposing damage and a temporary check to the German assault...
 Observed closely now, the Russians are exposed to counter fire from mortars
 The Russians reply in kind with katyushas...
 ...82mm and 120mm mortar fire.

 The air support and the artillery reply
 The western edge of the complex boils with smoke and flame (cotton wool and teddybear stuffing)
 ...and the infantry and supporting armour prepare to move off into the assault
 An ATG is destroyed...
 ...and the supported infantry close in on the corner house (ruin)
 Another ATG is taken out..
 The bombardment intensifies. No chances are to be taken with this attack.
 The infantry guns are moved up...
 ...and frantic repairs are being carried out on damaged vehicles desperately needed in the line
 The Regimental Pioneer Coy occupy the workers houses cellars

 Across the marshalling yard the Bn CO loses his R/T man...
 ...and then disappears himself...
 The corner ruin puts up a fierce defence...
 ...calls down FPF (Final Protective Fire is your last hope before everything gets personal or you leave a forwarding address)

 The armour...
 ...and the infantry have almost made the necessary outflanking move to get at the ruin of choice...
Meanwhile the IG 18's are getting into position...
 ...just having to lift a few mines under fire...
 The successful attack across the marshalling yard has proved pyrrhic for the infantry. Losing their commander at the last minute has broken them and they flee back over the lines.
 Down at the forward edge of the Barrikady, the Militia gird their loins for the inevitable German push...
 ...and hear it comes...
 FPF
 They break into the right hand buildings to scenes of devastation.
 Assault companies of infantry and pioneers, supported by assault guns, make a dash to the factory walls.
 RF requires you move up to the building edge...
 ...from which the 'break in' phase is decided.
 Morale is still with the Militia at this point.
 But the tide is coming in.
 Support is close...
 ...overwhelming..
 ...and immediate.
 The streets leading from the workers houses teem with advancing Germans...
 moving fast between katyusha salvos
 Wickedly effective, the torch helps subdue the final resistance to entry...
 ...allowing a flood of troops to cross without small arms interdiction.
 Kate has the last word this turn...
 ...in a target rich environment.
They're in. Now two feet from their start line. How horrific must the real thing have been.

Keep tuning in. This one will run and run. We've already vastly reinforced the German infantry and committed a complete 'Rapid Fire' Infantry Division to the battle that was to be a supported Regimental action. We're down one whole regiment and another decimated...we need more reinforcements.

My thanks, as ever, to the guy's who put up with my nonsense...Colin, Mark, Mike and Alan.