I took Paul OG's advice and used the Skirmish Campaigns "GrossDeutschland at Kursk" book for a really small-scale but fun game featuring a couple squads on each side, supplemented by 81mm Mortars.
When I say small, this game was SMALL! But delivered alot of good infantry excitement and tension on both sides as the Germans have to attack across a large open area. BP for the German forces was "9" and when the math worked out for Ivan, turned out to be "3!" Well we'd barely have a game so we adjusted the Soviet BP to "6" thinking that would give a little bit longer game.
I dont think the game lasted longer than an hour and a half.
|Germans attacking. 2 Full squads, a HQs section, and on-call 81mm Mortars.|
|Soviet houses overwatching the bridge.|
|Ivan moving into the woods overwatching the bridge|
|German squad moving up to the support by fire position|
|Another German squad! ANGRIFF!|
We rolled one die for orders each turn. The action started sharply and Dave's LMGs scored a ton of hits on Ivan in the treeline.
|Ivan moved up to the woodline to guard the bridge crossing|
|and fortified a building|
|scratch 3 ivans! Good shooting Jerry!|
The return fire isn't quite as effective as the German fires, but gets decent effects on target with a couple hits.
Ivan can't do much right now but miraculously continues to pass his morale checks. Meanwhile Dave's FO has a hard time getting priority for company mortars but that doesn't mean he cant try!
|Ivan moves back to foxholes from. Only the squadleader and DP team remain|
|Germans in the woods sneaking up on the buildings.|
|Ivan scores some more hits with the DP but Dave continues to pass his MC's|
|and even scores a "Beyond the Call of Duty Test" which he passes to good effect.|
|Squad pinned with a mortar barrage!|
Future casualties force Ivan's squad in the house to bug out with 1 soldier left and the chit pull brings Ivan to the BP! Germans win and the remaining Russians bug out!
|mortar fire mission!|
|Soviet BP! Just over an hour's game!|