German Route 7 cut directly through a heavily forested and hilly Region towards Kassel and was one of the 57th's main axes. If the East Germans got in trouble farther south, capturing a crossing over the Werra River early-on would enable them to reinforce their weary East German allies if things went south...
This scenario was inspired by Paul F's "M-Day in Landshut" skirmish game. The OOB for both sides are simple - a powerful Soviet advanced column of Motor-Rifle Infantry supported by Armor and off-board artillery race to capture a crossing over the Werra River before a new German defensive line can be properly reinforced. The Germans, who were already conducting a withdrawal from a Soviet encirclement, throw what they can in the way of the Soviet juggernaut to slow it down.
The Germans deploy a Territorial Army (TA) mechanized platoon to Laubach with some decent Anti-Tank support. This force, totaling 3 squads, a weapons squad, some APCs, and some Jaguar Anti-Tank vehicles will face off against Soviet infantry in BTRs and T-72 tanks racing down Route 7 to capture the bridge and Laubach itself.
Soviet reconnaissance has already arrived...
|Werra River Crossing. The red markers are Soviet objectives per the Battlegroup Kursk "Flank Attack" scenario|
|Hastily assembled 15mm German TA. (Command Decision Vietnam range with some headswaps from WW2 German soft-cap and US Paratrooper stock!)|
|Saw off the carrying handles and you have instant G3 rifles.|
|Milan ATGM laying in wait next to their APC in the orchard.|
|German squad dug in|
|Jaguars primed but overall unpainted as of yet...|
|All is quiet for now...|
|Soviet recce sneaks into position for the first turn.|
|The long road to Laubach. Soviet infantry and tanks will have to travel down Route 7 to reach Laubach and eventually Kassel.|
|TA Mortar section sets up in a grove next to the bridge. It's going to be a long next few days!|