Forgotten Success III: Contrary to Expectations
Kursk - Burning Tigers #32
|(Attacker) Germany||vs||Soviet Union (Defender)|
|Germany||11th Panzer Division|
|Soviet Union||27th Antitank Brigade|
|Soviet Union||67th Guards Rifle Division|
|Soviet Union||79th Guards Mortar Regiment|
|Overall Rating, 1 vote|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 588|
|Parent Game||Kursk - Burning Tigers|
|Maps||2: 42, 43|
|Layout Dimensions||86 x 28 cm
34 x 11 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Kursk - Burning Tigers||maps + counters|
The main thrust of XXXXVIII Panzer Corps aimed at Cherkasskoye, led by the Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Division. The corps assigned the llth Panzer Division to advance northward along their right flank providing support. At best the 11th Panzer would draw enemy reinforcements away from Cherkasskoye, and at worst protect the Grossdeutschland's flank.
According to a Grossdeutschland artillery lieutenant: "11th Panzer Division has made better progress than we. Quite contrary to expectations!" That snide comment was either ignorant or unfair, or possibly both; 11th Panzer had proven itself to be a fine fighting formation during the failed attempt to relieve Stalingrad in the previous winter. At Kursk the division showed this to be no fluke. After breaking though the first defensive belt the 11th Panzer Division wheeled around to take Cherkasskoye from the east.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|3 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)
All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.
(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
|Those Cursed Guards|
This was a cramped, grind it out battle that had little room for maneuver. The Germans had more armor, but the Soviets had plenty of ATGs and infantry. It didn't start out well for the Germans as they ran in to entrenched positions from the very beginning. All of the ATG positions were self supporting and densely supported by infantry. As per the historical Kursk battle, the Germans didn't have enough superiority in numbers of infantry to push ahead and make a hole for the armor. The Germans were superior in armor (the Soviets had none), but the majority were Pzr IIIs and were hit hard by Soviet ATG fire. The Germans were able to make some headway on a couple of occasions, but Fog of War cut those efforts short and the game ended in a minor victory. Even without the Fog of War intervening, the Germans would have lost. One more infantry company and some more artillery would make a difference, but might still require more turns. This will be one to plan more carefully and try again.