Just to try something different, I had a game of FOW vs Jason, last week. I was (and still am) a bit forgetful about what is actually involved with this game, so kept to simple - at the DNA level. Yes, back to my Tankovy roots and no thinking hard about the list. I forget the exact unit but this was one of the battalions from Bagration, fighting in the Baltic - late 1944. I used the Hammer and Sickle list. It was 19 mixed T-34s (9 '85s), tankos on the larger Tankovy coy, Razvedki platoon in captured '251s and a Spetsnaz platoon in more captured German HTs. Jason had a fair suspicion that this would be about all I could mentally handle, so found a nasty confident trained Germans list with veteran support. I ended up facing a few infantry platoons (ie 'life support') who were reinforced by a platoon of Panthers, a platoon of StuGs, and a platoon of Pak 40s! This could be tough, hope I don't have to play a defensive battle (I remembered that much) then we rolled a three for the mission - No Retreat!
Here is the German defense. Not the Panthers positioned hull-down behind a low rise. Screened to the front by dug-in infantry. Classic German DB layout.
Phew! That was a toughie. I never like facing that kind of German list with a Tankovy. Especially not in a defensive Battle where I cannot utilise my characteristic low-trickery to steal the objective while big-cats are distracted. However, constant Soviet pressure managed to effect the breakthrough, with another characteristically messy Soviet success. Now to explain to the Corps commander that I yet again lost over a company of tanks to take another minor European village! Thanks for a fun, and quite testing, game Jason.