Monday, 22 May 2017

Kursk: Part 10 - Frying tonight

 It's always great when the guy's come round for a game but there are some moments when you think 'I'm so glad I'm just playing toy soldiers!'
German assault pioneers dismount and go for a bunker...
 ...and run straight into the arc of fire and the thrower goes up!
 No letters home, just a rethink of strategy.
 Both flanks, if they can be called that they're so close, are doing incredibly well...
 9 and 18Pz are ploughing through a tight defence...
 With artillery, strong points, minefields and ambushes at every turn...
 ...now dug in T34's defend the approach to Ponyri itself
 The flanking Russian infantry are holding their own...
 The assaulting 292 inf Div break through the wire to be caught out by yet another minefield...
 The Luftwaffe presence is being worn down by Russian air defence
 ...but they push on as the Panzer Divisions flying artillery
 ...some medium...
 ...and some bigger bombs
"Gunner to pilot! Where are the sick bags?"
 Just about the last hurrah of the JU 87 as a dive bomber...

 Uh oh, whats this! T70's in battalion strength to support the Ponyri shoulder
 The ground shakes to the arrival of some Russian big stuff...
'Ok, comrade commander, wave your flags for "Pick your targets!"'
 ...a battalion of KV1's (quite rare in the Kursk battle) hove into view
"Keep firing!"                            "My head hurts"
 Just in time too. The dug in T 34's on the edge of town are being ground down by relentless and accurate German tank fire...
 ...but the Russians aren't without teeth themselves and Pe 2's dive on the lead company...
Yet another Airfix Pz IV bites the cotton wool...it's carnage out there, it really is...

Next time: Once more into the breach or fill it full of plastic!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Kursk: Coming to a screen near you - The Story So Far...

Intermission video from Colin Spielberg (no, not him, the real Colin). It's an updated collage of photos from move one to now...with music...again. Enjoy

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Kursk - Part Nine: 'You're late!...but we'll forgive you'

WE'RE BACK! ...Big post as a lot has been going on.
With 9Pz to its right flank 18Pz straddles the railway and starts the process of winkling out the Russian positions along its embankment...
It's bloody for both sides but successful for the Germans
 Russian strong points fall....
 ...the panzers advance...
 ...but not without incident

 The Panzergrenadiers look to the next target of Ponyri railway station itself
 The 9th is still is reasonable shape
 At last! 79 infantry Division appears on the left flank supported by StuG's and by the potent 656 Abt with Ferdinands and Brumbars

 The 18th watches their advance from the embankment
 The Russian air regiments take advantage of such a target rich environment

 The Germans clear the last of the infiltrations in their rear

 Suddenly a new threat develops and an 85mm AA gun lets rip
 The panzers spread out into a keel to attack the next line of defence
 ...and the gunners sweat as the tanks get closer and closer
 Mopping up continues
 Follow the Airfix StuG's
 ...opposition is quickly crushed
 ...steady...








 Russian artillery continues to punish the German advance
 Resistance ends in the rear areas...
 ...Colin will probably shoot them!


 The Germans manage to reposition some of their medium guns
 ...and the Luftwaffe makes an appearance to bounce the red FGA
 ...told you...
 The 79th loses a whole battalion under a deluge of artillery fire

 The Russians outnumber the Germans in the air just now
 Wait for it...
 ....wait for it...
 FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
 Bullseye. Lead Tiger turns to scrap!
 Casualties amongst the gun crews now as the Me 109G's strafe their positions
 The hill overlooking Ponyri station
 As if from nowhere the lead elements of 292 Inf Division hove into view and rush the wire
 Meanwhile 79 and 656 just have to keep going through the storm
 Shells falling...
 Armour rolling...
 Targets appear...
 ...and the troops that remain push forward
 Carnage and mayhem
 ...but, ominously, no sign of the Russian armour yet
So the Germans continue to clear position after position on their way to the prize. But what happens when they run out of infantry replacements? Armour can batter into the enemy defences but it takes infantry to exploit and keep the ground won.

Watch out for the next thrilling instalment!