I apologise in advance for the awful quality of the pictures, I used the flash and it just washed out all the colour.
|View from the German side, comrades John and Tim absorb the briefing notes. Barbed wire entanglements are visible on the table, otherwise the Germans are hidden.|
|Soviets pick their line of advance, coming east of the stream and using the handy ridge to form up behind prior to assault the German line.A full strength Guards rifle battalion has a fair amount of kit.|
|Tim pauses for a photo opportunity. The Russians are all heading for that big gap in the wire. I wonder if the Germans have forgotten to defend it?|
|The first Soviet company heads for the gap in the wire, covered by their pals on the ridgeline. Somewhat worryingly German mortar fire starts to land among them.|
|Oh dear, there seems to be a German company dug in covering this section of front. Most of the first Soviet company go down in a hail of mortar and MG42 fire.|
|The Soviets respond with a barrage of 82mm mortar, 76mm artillery and Maxim gun fire which (eventually) manages to pin the defenders down. The Soviet second company cautiously approaches the wire covered by its weapons platoon.|
|The Russians rush the German trenches behind the barrage.|
|Unfortunately two of the assault platoons fail their morale checks and are pinned down. One platoon of Russians makes it and the German company morale fails (the big yellow marker).|
|German positions in the central woods come to life (these had been re-deploying from the left flank), but again disappear under a hail of Soviet heavy weapons fire.|
|The Soviets cleared the trenches, but then had to repel a German counterattack over the ridge. This was duly shot down in a fairly ferocious display of infantry fiirepower.|
So the game ended with a Soviet breakthrough and the German survivors fleeing south, only a tactical victory for the Russians this time as they had spent a bit too long clearing the trenches to get enough units off the southern table edge for a decisive victory.