|German II Battalion lower right and I Battalion upper left.|
This battle featured the German 184th Infantry Regiment assaulting the prepared positions of the Soviet 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 1019th Rifle Regiment.
|1st May Collective looms on the horizon. The war weary Landsers know it'll be bristling with rifles, MGs, and bayonets.|
|And speaking of Ivan...|
|The Soviet 3rd Battalion, 1019th Rifle Regiment not faring well against German shooting|
|German mortar tubes are hot this game as Ivan gets pummeled on the German right.|
|Awesome shot! The FO calls in the mortars (note the impacts in the background!)|
|The Soviets answer. Ahh you send over 81mm? We send 82mm comrade!!|
|German forces close in on 1st May Collective Farm! Close range shooting and the Germans brought all their friends with them.|
Horrifyingly for the Soviets, the II Battalion breaks through the frontline and a firefight breaks out between the staff and officers of the 1/1019th command group against the assaulting Germans. The Soviet Battalion command group is wiped out! Permanent -1 to the morale check!
|Firefight with the Soviets at close range.|
|Soviet reinforcements come up in the nick of time.|
|and are pummeled by German mortars once again!|
|The German companies are 2 stands of 8 figures each. (5/3 based for battlegroup)|
|Some hardcore IDF knocks the Soviets off balance and the Battalion prepares to move in|
|The Soviets pour a reserve company into the trenchline before the Germans gobble it up|
|A reinforced Kampfgruppe is all that remains of the I Battalion!|
|Blut und Schweiss!!!!|
|Soviet company is thrown out of the trench line and heads for the road culvert for cover. The combat is a smashing success!|
|meanwhile on the German left, mortars crash onto the HMG platoon knocking it out. At least they have that going for them...|
|I love this picture!|
|Soviet turn 3 the Battalion defending the 1st May is pinned. No offensive action reduced effectiveness.|
Awesome game so far and I'm only 4 turns in. Looking forward to seeing what happens next. The Germans' left is in a bad way but their right has been wildly successful. The Soviets may throw their "good" battalion at them to counterattack!
This was a great refresher for RAPID FIRE and it validated my thoughts on using it for "big" battles. Lots of fun as well and accurately models the support and "peripheries" of war very well. Not alot of fuss - I like that in a rules set.
Stay tuned for part 2!