Panzer Grenadier Battles on August 20th:
Broken Axis #41 - Romania Mare Scenario 1: Bloodletting Fronte Russo #33 - A Weak Response
Broken Axis #42 - Romania Mare Scenario 2: Beyond the Beautiful Valley Little Saturn #1 - A Strategic Hill
Broken Axis #43 - Romania Mare Scenario 3: Zmev: Glory or Shame Power of the East #11 - Desert Blitzkrieg
Fronte Russo #32 - August in Flames
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Blackshirts Ambushed
Fronte Russo #44
(Attacker) Italy vs Soviet Union (Defender)
Formations Involved
Italy 79ยบ Battaglione Camicie Nere
Italy Legione Camicie Nere Tagliament
Soviet Union 203rd Rifle Division
Soviet Union 610th Rifle Regiment
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Parent Game Fronte Russo
Historicity Historical
Date 1942-08-21
Start Time 12:30
Turn Count 24
Visibility Day
Counters 73
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 0
Maps 6: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Layout Dimensions 86 x 84 cm
34 x 33 in
Play Bounty 202
AAR Bounty 225
Total Plays 0
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Enter & Exit
Conditions
Hidden Units
Off-board Artillery
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Eastern Front maps + counters
Fronte Russo counters
Introduction

Ten more Soviet battalions crossed the Don overnight, and by August 21 their numbers began to overwhelm the Italians. On CSIR's left flank, Sforzesca Division's 53rd Regiment started falling back, and a gap appeared between it and its sister regiment. The Soviets began infiltrating the gap, and the Italians rushed in a motorized column consisting of the 79th Battalion of Tagliamento Legion to plug it.

Conclusion

The Soviets infiltrated the gap far faster than the Italians had anticipated. The Blackshirts made for a hill with the intent of digging-in there, but they discovered it already was occupied by Soviets when the two lead platoons had to bail out of their trucks due to heavy machine-gun fire. The Blackshirt commander ordered his troops to press forward and take the hill, but he soon found his right flank under attack by more Soviets and even more Soviets moving to cut his retreat. He ordered a withdrawal and the Blackshirts retreated in good order, giving as good as they got. Eventually they found a good defensive position and dug-in, but the Soviet infiltration continued. That night the Blackshirt commander determined (correctly) that his unit was isolated, and ordered his men to break contact with the enemy and reach friendly lines. 79th Battalion escaped under cover of darkness, but the long day's fighting had decimated its ranks.

Additional Notes

This is a bonus scenario, available for download from Avalanche Press at:

http://www.avalanchepress.com/FR_Scenario44.php


Display Relevant AFV Rules

AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).

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Italy Order of Battle
Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale
Regio Esercito
  • Motorized
Soviet Union Order of Battle
Army (RKKA)

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2 Errata Items
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The reduced direct fire value in Kursk: Burning Tigers is 4-4.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
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Kommissars never get morale or combat modifiers. Ignore misprints.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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