Little Saturn #1: Recon in Force
Tank Battles #1
|vs||Soviet Union (Attacker)|
|Italy||5ª Divisone Fanteria "Cosseria"|
|Italy||89º Reggimento Fanteria "Cosseria"|
|Soviet Union||2nd Guards "Tamanskaya" Motor Rifle Division|
|Overall Rating, 3 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 598|
|Parent Game||Tank Battles|
|Layout Dimensions||88 x 58 cm
35 x 23 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Afrika Korps||maps + counters|
Before the Soviet 6th Army started Operation Little Saturn, elements of the 127 Rifle Division were committed to driving in the Italian outposts and forward positions across Don River near Novo Kalitva.
In a series of small actions, the 127th Rifle Division was able to expand its bridgehead on the Don River and draw Axis forces away from more critical sectors. Over the course of the next two days of fighting, the entire division along with the 82nd and 212th Tank Regiments was committed. These units were involved in stopping several stiff counterattacks by Italian and German formations in addition to launching their own attacks.
Scenario may be played as described or could be a night attack (Soviet player decides). If a night attack, start time is 0100, net morale becomes 1, total counters is 29, their are no reinforcements, and no off-board artillery. Fronte Russo counters could be used in place of the Italian units drawn from Afrika Korps.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|1 Errata Item|
The reduced direct fire value in Kursk: Burning Tigers is 4-4.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
|Recond and Found|
The Soviets were at a disadvantage,traversing open terrain with the Italians entrenched. The Soviets massed their forces on their left and assaulted the far right Italian entrenchment. The Italians put their entrenchment in line as close as they could and their mortars hit several units as the Soviets advanced. This didn’t stopped the Soviets though, as they pushed to and over the right hand Italian entrenchments. The German assault guns and Soviet T-34s traded shots and the German infantry dug in. At the end the Italians still held 2 entrenchments, suffering heavy losses. Draw.