Road to Berlin #2
|(Attacker) Germany||vs||Soviet Union (Defender)|
|Germany||3rd SS "Death's Head" Division|
|Soviet Union||170th Tank Brigade|
|Soviet Union||217th Guards Rifle Regiment|
|Overall Rating, 7 votes|
|Scenario Rank: 450 of 609|
|Parent Game||Road to Berlin|
|Maps||4: 17, 18, 19, 21|
|Layout Dimensions||86 x 56 cm
34 x 22 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Road to Berlin||maps + counters|
With Soviet armies marching on Berlin and the outcome of a massive counter-offensive against the Americans still in the balance, Adolph Hitler, self-proclaimed "Greatest General of All Times," decided to send several full-strength panzer divisions to...Hungary. The IV SS Panzer Corps had the mission of relieving the siege of Budapest with an attack along the southern bank of the mighty Danube River. The attackers hoped to break through and strike the besiegers from the rear, but the Soviets had greatly improved their operational art over the preceding 42 months.
As would happen often in the war's last year, the sheer insanity of the German moves caught the Soviets by surprise and badly deployed for defense. The SS men drove between the two formations, isolating the tank brigade against the river bank and pushing the rifle regiment south. Years of war had provided the schooling the SS had sorely lacked early in the conflict and they had become formidable opponents.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|6 Errata Items|
All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.
One Wespe (ID# 1201) should have an armor value of 1 on the front and back of the counter.
The reduced direct fire value of the SS HMG is 5-5 in Beyond Normandy and Road to Berlin.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
The Units in Beyond Normandy were misprinted with a movement factor of 5. The movement factor should be 8.
(rerathbun on 2012 Mar 21)
Liberation 1944's counters are mislabeled 'PzIVF2.' The counter's ratings are correct (Armor 5, Move 8, DF 11-6, AT 6-8).
(rerathbun on 2014 Feb 14)
Kommissars never get morale or combat modifiers. Ignore misprints.
|T-34c no match for the PzV|
German SS forces flood against the 170th Tank Brigade in the north. (Want to avoid the Soviet Guard’s Su-100s in the south.
The German advance is not spotted except by some SMG platoons in the town in the far north east.
In the South, the Guards mobilise as fire erupts to the north. The SMGs are overrun and an armour battle erupts between the 10 T-34c platoons and the Panzers. The T-34s are hit hard with 3 platoons being reduced. One advancing PzIVH is hit.
Soviets win the initiative and a PzIVH is hit! Return fire decimates the T-34s with 3 platoons lost and others reduced. 2 platoons pull back.
The Guard Su-100s to the south (left) line up the disrupted and reduced PzIVH.
Soviet initiative reduced to zero. 5 German steps lost so far. I will keep track of German losses and tally Soviet losses at the end.
PzIVH eludes the Su-100s which have a firing channel (south to north) in front of the main panzer line. T-34 wrecks clog up the roads in the town making it all but impassable to mechanised and motorised forces.
Tigers and Panzers destroy the T-34s in the woods. The front German armour advances to the town and is hit close range, but their armour proves too tough for the Soviet 76.2mm guns.
German infantry advances and disembarks from their trucks. They come under Soviet artillery fire.
Germans win initiative and T-34s in town are destroyed. Still worried about those Su-100s, German infantry crosses to the northwest town on foot.
0830 – 0845
Germans capture the northwest towns.
German armour advances into the Su-100 sights, but the Soviet armour misses! German infantry charges into the open to assault the tank destroyers but they are hit by Soviet artillery (6th German step casualty)
German armour in the east “stands watch” as the infantry pass through the north toward the east.
Germans win initiative and the Su-100s are eliminated by the Tigers and PzVs.
Germans take another casualty at the hands of Soviet artillery. (7)
PzIVH chase the last T-34 which is fleeing into the woods in the northwest.
Guard infantry is too scared to charge across the open through the sights of the German armour standing watch. German infantry is about to exit to the east.
Soviets, having lost too much armour surrender and allow the Germans to pass.
Within the next 15 minutes, 15 German SS infantry platoons exit the area.
Soviet VPs: 8 town hexes (24), 1 GREN eliminated (4), HMG reduced (2), Two PzIVH reduced (8) = 38 VPs
German VPs: 15 INF exit (30), 4 SMG eliminated (8), 1 AT Gun destroyed (1), 11 and a half platoons of T-34c and Su-100 destroyed (46) = 85 VPs
Even if the Germans completely abandoned the north, the Soviets still wouldn’t have the VPs to win (the Germans would have also gotten a heap more exit VPs). Also, there were just too many tanks and artillery for the Guards to try to advance against the Germans on foot. The German armour also is more mobile.
Therefore the battle was ended.
Scenario Rating 3/5. This was a fun battle and not overly long, only taking about 2 hours. I preferred Scenario 3 (AAR coming soon) over this one though, which is the Viking Panzer Division advancing on Death’s Head right flank.
|If you miss, shoot, shoot again|
Played solo in two sessions.
Germans troops enter in the north taking advantage of the cover offered by the fields.
At 7:30, the tank battle starts badly for the Germans: one PzIVH step lost while the panzers move into position.
At 7:45, the Germans lose another another PzIVH step loss and all panzers miss!
At 8:00, the Germans win the initiative and inflict 5 T-34C step loss before the Soviets can react. The infantry also move into assault position.
At 8:15, the Germans win the initiative and inflict another 5 T-34C step loss to the Soviets. The Germans assault the town and disrupt the defenders.
Meanwhile, half the Russian Guard force rush across the board to take positions into the north eastern town in the hill between said town.
The Germans split their force into two, one half attacking the north eastern town, and the other half attacking the south western town.
It took another 4 hours before the Soviets surrendered but the issue was never in doubt; easy German victory.
Soviets score 56 VPs: 2 town hexes under control (6), 5 PzIVH reduced (20), 2 SPW 251 destroyed (4), and 13 infantry steps eliminated (26).
Germans score 107 VPs: 23 tank steps eliminated (46), 3 guns destroyed (3), 30 infantry steps eliminated (30), 18 infantry and 6 tank steps exiting the map (30).
The score would have been much more one-sided had the Soviets not surrendered.
Fun scenario but I can't see the Soviets ever winning this one. Recommended for solo play only.