Graveyard of Armor IX: Unflappable
Kursk - Burning Tigers #18
|(Attacker) Germany||vs||Soviet Union (Defender)|
|Germany||2nd "Vienna" Panzer Division|
|Soviet Union||16th Tank Corps|
|Soviet Union||3rd Antitank Brigade|
|Soviet Union||70th Guards Rifle Division|
|Overall Rating, 1 vote|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 609|
|Parent Game||Kursk - Burning Tigers|
|Maps||2: 41, 42|
|Layout Dimensions||56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Kursk - Burning Tigers||maps + counters|
General Model frittered away the combat power of his panzer spearhead trying to fulfill his operational orders and the breakthrough they demanded. That goal lay within sight but the 17th Guards Rifle Corps on the ridges north of Ol'khovatka stood in the way. With the three operational Tigers of 505th Heavy Panzer Detachment busy elsewhere, the 2nd Panzer Division would be on its own today.
A report from the commander of the Soviet 3rd Destroyer Brigade reported 70% casualties in the 1st Battalion of antitank rifles, and the 1st and 7th Batteries destroyed. On the flip side, his men claimed 40 enemy tanks destroyed. They anticipated one more battle where they would either stand or perish. Behind their unflappable leaders the Red Army stood their ground though attacked repeatedly throughout the day. At 1700, though forced from the hill, they dug their heels in on the south slope denying their enemy his coveted operational freedom.
|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)
All SS PzIVH tanks should have a movement of 8.
The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".
All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.
|Unflappable, not indestructible|
Turn 1-4. Germans concentrate fire on the town and the right side of the ridge. The Soviets suffer demoralization and disruption. The Germans begin movement to assault the right side of the ridge.
Turn 5-6. The Germans take the town and knock out both Soviet 76.2s on the right. The Soviet Guards hold the extreme right and the 40 meter hills to the German front, pouring fire on the forward German elements. Soviet armor moves forward on each flank.
Turn 7-9. The Germans push forward hard on both flanks, with heavy Soviet resistance.
Turn 10-18. Losses are heavy on both sides as a scrum entails on the right. The Soviets lose the left flank and cannot stop German units from exiting.
Turn 19-24. The Germans push through on the right, clearing a corridor all the way through to exit. In the end, the Soviets still hold 20 and 40 meter hills. The Germans hold the town and exited units off, but the Soviets still hold enough hills to take the victory.
My second try. The Soviets set up their AT guns to cover the flanks primarily, with the tanks and infantry buttressing the center around the 85mm battery. The German OBA got in a good shot, destroying the 85, and the Soviet right crumbled under heavy attack. The Soviets pulled infantry from the left and shored up a badly battered center and right flank. Combined arms assaults and heavy German bombardments continued to beat down the Soviet right and center. However, with only 14 turns, the Germans did not have enough time. The Soviets were ravaged, with few units left. They were enough, though. The Germans achieved only one objective, exiting over 15 steps. The Soviets still held a few precious 20 and 40 mtr hill hexes. Soviet win