Some views of the battlefield
View from the north
View from the east
The south edge of the battle from behind the Russian lines.
South end of battlefield from behind German lines. 29th motorized at top right, 94th infantry at right center, 24th panzer west of the river
view of the city We had to capture the building in the center, the two on both sides of the dice tray, a factory at the top left of the picture and another factory just to the bottom of the picture.
Artillery bombardment rings. The red and white at the top are Russian artillery landing on the 29th and 94th. The other rings are ours attacking the hill at lower left and the city. A total of 11 battalions.
The Russians on the south end of their front came out of their fortifications and attacked the 29th motorized division after shelling them with their artillery. The Russians only had five battalions of artillery to our 15, though they did have a river flotilla in the Volga which ran along the east edge of the battlefield, with additional guns. These could only be used in line of sight. The 29th was able to prevail in the hand to hand combat that occurred, though it did have a few battalions bloodied.
bombers attack hill and town.
Scott assesses the situation on his flank as his division engages in hand-to-hand combat with the Russians. Orange ring is Russian artillery falling on lead elements of the 94th infantry division.
The Russians had two armored brigades in reserve near the center of the city. One of these was dispatched to aid the southeast and the other was sent to the northern flank.
Routed Russian infantry regiment at left center of picture, arriving tank brigade in town.
My left flank regiment advances
In the south the 94th continued its advance into the city, while the 29th continued to combat more Russians. In the center the 24th Panzer shifted its four battalions north to attack the center of the Russian front line. One Kamfgruppe with the Panzers advanced across the river on the road leading to that location while the other Kampgruppe with the STGIIIs advanced along the road in the south center. The STGs came under fire from the southern Russian armor brigade, but were able to deploy and returned fire. The panzers were not as fortunate. they came under fire from the infantry positions in front of them and rolled a one, causing them to take casualties and fall back across the river. In my area my two lead regiments were advancing with the one on the left making good progress and the one on the right starting to cross the river. The one on the right had been bombarded by the Russian artillery during the first day segment and now came under more artillery fire as it attempted to get across the bridge. One battalion made it across, but the others were halted. The Russians also shifted an additional two battalions of artillery fire from their southern front to the north. While the regiment on my right was being attacked by two of them, the other two bombarded my regiment on the left. As a result of the artillery fire three of my battalions in the two regiments had taken some losses.
I now shifted my artillery fire further east to bring the Russian tank brigade, the retreating battalions of their front regiment, and an infantry battalion in the northwest corner under fire. Again, my artillery fire was effective as Alan's defense die rolled another one. The three battalions of the forward regiment were destroyed as the survivors scattered. The tank brigade and the infantry in the corner position both broke and fled..
Russian tank brigade and infantry defending corner have fled. Four battalions of the 24th panzer artillery attacking the center edge of the town. While Russian fire falls on bridge to right blocking my advance and heavier guns at the bottom are landing on the rear battalions of my left flank regiment.
24th panzer PzIII battalion crosses the bridge.
Another view of the panzer battalion
The burning hulk of the lead panzer.
At the end of the second day segment we ran out of time and the game was halted. Although we had taken some losses, our attack on the city was on schedule as the first positions had been taken as planned. I had forgotten about the rule for free moves when rolling for command initiative. If I had remembered it, the high rolls I had been making on initiative ( I had rolled a six three times during the five turns of the two day segments), my right regiment would have been across the river, and my left regiment would have been further forward. I would have also been able to bring on my third regiment and supporting battalions.
Thanks to Manny for hosting the game and feeding us.