Graveyard of Armor VIII: Giving Their All
Kursk - Burning Tigers #17
|(Attacker) Germany||vs||Soviet Union (Defender)|
|Germany||505th Heavy Panzer Battalion|
|Germany||6th Infantry Division|
|Soviet Union||16th Tank Corps|
|Soviet Union||3rd Antitank Brigade|
|Soviet Union||95th Rifle Division|
|Overall Rating, 1 vote|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 598|
|Parent Game||Kursk - Burning Tigers|
|Maps||2: 41, 43|
|Layout Dimensions||56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Kursk - Burning Tigers||maps + counters|
To secure Hill 274, XLVII Panzer Corps ordered a few of the remaining operational Tigers of 505th Heavy Panzer Detachment to spearhead the attack. Instead of supporting a panzer unit weak in infantry they now supported the 6th Infantry Division, an arrangement that had worked well in the past. Lemelsen and his staff hoped the additional manpower available to support the huge panzers would tip the scales in their favor.
The 6th Infantry Division left everything they had, including a large number of dead, on the battlefield. Inch by agonizing inch they forced the stubborn Soviet Guards from the north side of the hill. Desperately fighting for the elusive breakthrough, the Germans forced the enemy onto the back slope but the breakthrough they needed would not come.
Users recorded few good words regarding the Goliaths so it is interesting that the 505th Heavy Panzer Detachment claimed to have achieved excellent results from theirs. Panzer Company 312 claimed to destroy a T-34 tank, three antitank guns and several pillboxes in exchange for four of their 20 Goliaths. Despite the arrival of more Tigers, the 505th Heavy Panzer Detachment's commander deemed his unit no longer fit for combat at the end of the day and they were withdrawn for rest and refitting.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|4 Errata Items|
The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".
(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
Liberation 1944's Tiger movement and armor ratings are backwards. They should be Armor 7 and Movement 5.
(petermc on 2014 Feb 14)
The movement allowance on the counters in Airborne is misprinted. It should be "3."
(rerathbun on 2012 Jan 30)
|Soviet All Was Not Enough|
Turn 1-4. The Soviets have set up far enough back that the Germans need a few turns to move forward for the attack.
Turn 5-12. The Germans grind out the forward Soviet positions and move on to the ridge.
Turn 13-18. The Germans control the town hexes and exit enough units for a German victory. The Soviet tactic of a near suicidal counterattack with their armor almost held the Germans up long enough. Almost is only good for horsheoes andnhand grenades though.