As I said in my last post - the hill was easy to take but is proving ridiculously hard to hold!
The Soviets were able to hold on along the road until turn 9 at which point a massed armor counter-attack began from elements of the 125th tank brigade arriving as reinforcements. The Tigers on Ambush orders gave a good accounting of themselves, knocking out the lead tanks with excellent gunnery but Ivan came on. Subsequent turns saw the arrival of a T-70 company as well as lots and lots more infantry, all surging towards the hill with a vengeance!
Meanwhile on the German right, the First of May collective farm was cleared after brutal house-to-house BUA fighting, losing almost an entire German infantry platoon in the process. The German StuG cross-attached to that flank finally started earning its pay and the German CO moved a Tiger over to help things out. By the time the big cat arrived, the village was already cleared and the Germans began consolidating to move towards the objective.
|Soviet T-34s originally left guarding their left objective mount a hasty counter-attack on Hill 235. The KO'd vehicle in the lower right had a mine strike counter played against him!|
|Lonely at the top. The Germans consolidate their position as the first infantry squads arrive.|
|Last Soviet element in the collective farm.|
|Another Soviet squad falls back and prepares an ambush position. They would knock out an HMG team trying to set up in a house to their front.|
|Failed close assault against the Panzer III! Just in time for the ATR on the left to knock him out! Great rolling, Ivan!|
|A StuG goes on ambush orders as they wait for Ivan's counter-attack. Aerial recon radios in a very large concentration of Soviet Armor approaching from the east. Mein Gott!|
|Meanwhile at the collective farm...|
|Infantry swarm through the village and occupy the houses.|
|farm secured herr oberst!|
|View before the artillery strike and before the Soviet reinforcements arrive. Note the SPAA unit moving up!|
|Tanks approaching from the east!!|
|The Soviets lose tank after tank and keep coming.|
|The second wave. The T34s are no match for the 88s on the Tiger Is.|
|Meanwhile the Soviet "cossacks" light tanks arrive and cut into the advancing infantry, pinning some squads down.|
|T-70s race around the flanks to draw fire and attack the infantry.|
|Soviet armor from the opposite flank moves up and gets a solid flank shot into the Tiger's hide. Tiger I destroyed!|
|Germans getting ready to push onto the second objective.|
|Soviet infantry massing in the woods for the push against Hill 235. The final assault has not started yet.|
|The first wave moving up the hill!|
|German situation at the end of the Soviet turn. The "Ranged In" FOW marker marked the location of the spotting round and the Fire for Effect right on top all that German infantry!|
|First of May collective in the lower right. Hill 235 with a ton of burning vehicles is visible in the upper-center part of the pic.|