Iron Wolves #2
|(Defender) Lithuania||vs||Germany (Attacker)|
|Germany||1st Cavalry Division|
|Overall Rating, 3 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 588|
|Parent Game||Iron Wolves|
|Maps||3: 15, 17, 18|
|Layout Dimensions||84 x 43 cm
33 x 17 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Road to Berlin||maps|
Grossly outnumbered by the total strength of the German Wehrmacht, Lithuania's three infantry divisions could have made a stand against the limited forces the Germans could have deployed from East Prussia. German troops still had to be detailed to watch the French and Czech frontiers, and British and French naval power could have interdicted sea communications with the rest of Germany. In that situation, Lithuania's general reserve — a single brigade of cavalry with some tank support — would have to seal off any breakthrough.
Lithuania, like Poland, had a long cavalry tradition and, like the Poles, had gained a great deal of battlefield experience in their 1919 war against the Soviet Union. Still, the Lithuanian cavalry was well-regarded and likely would have given a good account of itself had it been allowed to fight for its country.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|1 Errata Item|
The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
|Fun cavalry dustup|
I still haven't gotten the hang of cavalry in PG. They're so fragile and I tend to be very impetuous with them. In this case the attacking Germans deployed their motorized HMGs and mortar to soften up the Lithuanian road block, although it was OBA that did the job. Then German cavalry charged and wiped out the roadblock, covered by A/Cs that took out the Lith. A/C.
It was at this point that my Lithuanian cavalry went nuts and started charging the Germans all over the place. They took heavy casualties before the German cavalry broke through and made for the Eastern map edge. German major victory.
|Stand back! Another kill box|
I'm starting to get the hang of these battles. When you are defending against an enter and exit force it is imperative to shape the battlefield. This means that you are looking to funnel the advance somewhere where you can create a bottleneck. In the case of cavalry versus cavalry this has to happen quickly but you have the force and speed to do so. In this case it was important for the Lithuanians to hold back their HMGs until the path of the German cavalry was clear.
As the Germans slogged through the swamps after an abortive attempt to break the roadblock the HMGs set up a gauntlet through which the Germans would have to run. With opportunity fire against cavalry disruption and demoralization was quite likely. The only wild card were the armored cars which quickly sped around the swamp and avoided the AT fire. The Lithuanians chose to ignore the ACs which almost resulted in a loss.
Behind the HMGs the Lithuanians were running a large group of cavalry to close off the German exit. It was this group that the German ACs attacked. After a turn or two the Lithuanians were able to close in on the German cavalry and get into an assault. In the final analysis the Germans were unable to get the ten or more steps off the board to avoid the Lithuanian bonus, with only seven steps exiting (including the ACs). The slaughter of horses and men in the kill box was extensive.
I assume that the Germans could have been more aggressive in trying to destroy the blocking force but that would have taken time and there was precious little time to spend fighting if they were to be able to exit the board.
All in all a very good study of cavalry. The Lithuanians were careful to avoid getting too close to the German cavalry in order to maintain their ability to have devastating opportunity fire. The Germans had less of a chance to pursue fire tactics and had to absorb the Lithuanian fire and keep moving. In addition the poor DF of the German cavalry made such fire anemic anyhow. I give it a "3". It is a tough road for the Germans but some good morale check rolls would give them a real chance. They were only two units away from a win.