Seelow: The Tank Battle
Road to Berlin #55
|(Defender) Germany||vs||Soviet Union (Attacker)|
|Germany||Muncheberg Panzer Battalion|
|Soviet Union||11th Guards Tank Brigade|
|Overall Rating, 7 votes|
|Scenario Rank: 426 of 598|
|Parent Game||Road to Berlin|
|Maps||2: 17, 19|
|Layout Dimensions||56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
|Kill Them All|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Road to Berlin||maps + counters|
The Soviet plan for the battle on the Seelow Heights called for the rifle divisions to break through the German lines, with the tank brigades assembled behind them to enter action later. The Soviet 8th Guards Army sent the tanks in early, getting them entangled with the infantry and the remaining German defenders. But soon they began to grind forward, and found experienced German armor reserves awaiting them.
Capt. Hans Zobel's small battalion shop up the first Soviet tanks to appear in front of them, and claimed 50 destroyed by the time 11th Guards Tank Brigade pulled back in exchange for four tanks lost. Experienced German units could still fight well and inflict serious losses on the Soviets, but they had yielded up the last good defensive terrain before the enemy reached the outskirts of Berlin.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|2 Errata Items|
Liberation 1944's Tiger movement and armor ratings are backwards. They should be Armor 7 and Movement 5.
(petermc on 2014 Feb 14)
All Guards T-34/85 tanks should have AT fire values of 7-7.
(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
|To the Last Die Roll|
PG RTB Scenario 55: "Seelow: Tank Battle" depicting a T-3585 Bn with two SMG Infantry companies trying to exploit a breakthrough from Seelow; Trying to stop them are just two Panther and two Tiger platoons. The Germans set up in the middle of the board spread out in the fields for cover. The Russians decided to go across the north portion of the board to attack the panther platoons and getting their SMG platoons. They got hammered by the expert German tank fire and lost a good many T-34/885s getting to the woods. The Tigers in the South moved north onto board 19 to box in the Russians into a kill sack. But the Russians got their infantry dismounted and started to close on the Panthers who withdrew wot the south under cover of the Tigers. By this time the Germans had reached the 16 "steps" needed to win and the Russians had killed nothing.
But the Russians got in behind he Germans with tanks and cut off their path to the close terrain. And they started killing the Panthers. The Germans had to head east to circle around the Russians who cut off the road and closed with a Tiger platoon and killing it. Soon the Germans were in a bad positions and cut off. The Russians closed with the remaining forces and started killing them one by one until a half step German Panther Platoon was left in the north surrounded on the last turn. But the Russians could not kill it with three AT shots and an assault. Germans win by a hair!
Losses: German: 3 Steps of Panthers; 4 steps of Tigers Russians: 17 Steps of T38/85; 5 SMG.
This one looked to be a blow out early on, but keeping the Russians in the game for at least a draw made it a very exciting game that went down to the very final combat die roll.
I was going to rate this a 3 or 4 as it was looking like a German cake walk. But as long as the Russians can cause damage, keep them in the fight, they were so close to spoiling a German victory and that was exciting. I won't go with a 5 though as I think it is very tough for the Russians to win.
Two pictures here:
|Road to Berlin, Scenario #55, Seelow: The Tank Battle|
Before I take on Seelow Height: The Center, I had get the Tiger Tank thing out of my system and I played the much smaller very fast playing time #55 Seelow: The Tank Battle. The only strategy I could think of for this scenario; was to go for bust with the Russians, Charge every T-34/85 & SMG Infantry unit at those Tigers & Panthers and hope for good die rolls. It didn't happen, I only took out one step of Tiger’s but lost all my T-34/85's and a good chunk of my SMG/INF before I gave up, with a hands down German victory.
I haven't played any PG in a while, so this was a simple one to ease me back in. A predictable German triumph as armour efficient Tigers and Panthers carved up the hapless Reds. Called it at Turn 7 as there were hardly any Russians left. This is probably one of the most lopsided scenarios I have come across, but a fun half hour anyway.