Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Battle report FOW 1500pts Hammer and Sickle Tankovy vs Sperrverband
Jason proposed boring old 'Free for All'. However, since this was the iconic match up of Soviet exploitation forces vs a German blocking detachment, I reckoned 'No Retreat' was the correct mission. Jason's objective is at the back on that hill, and I placed mine in that village. Then, I decided to attack the other flank. You can see the terrain ratings in the photo. The Spetsnaz successfully infiltrated and (under cover of the drifting snow) led the first tank coy around the side of the wood, where the Germans least expected it! I used my first turn to then full-move the lead tanks up even further and get their accompanying tankodesantniki right through to the other side of that forest, ready to approach the hill. I then doubled up the Razvedki platoon, but only full-moved the following second tank coy.
The German line held here - Marshall Zhukov is not going to be happy at all!
Sperr infantry (cheap fearless!) instead of the Panzerpioneers, losing the mortars, and getting something like gun-Stukas. The proper way for me to attack would have been to revert to slowly shelling the infantry to death, once I had seen off his ranged AT. Stukas strafing the lines, with AT 11 shells in the side, would have cramped my style. If I had tried to go close, Jason's boys could just retreat back and let the planes in... if my tanks did not bog on that hill.
As for me: Short game means no trickiness - I should have gone for the close objective. Silly, silly boy.
Good game, as always, Jason. I'm looking forward to seeing those boys painted up.