The Soviets are defending with 3 lines. Overlooking the bridge is a unit of wheeled, armored recce. Immediately before the balka, are 3 x units of T-34 tanks and of course atop the hill are 2 x platoons of infantry and a mortar unit. one of the T-34 platoons is on the other side of the hill to counterattack. All dug in, of course.
The German strategy is short on finesse, but big on firepower! They will overwhelm the defenders and rush the bridge and hill. the infantry will flank the woods, dismount and assault the balka on foot.
They have 4 x armored units (1 x Stug platoon, 2 x Panther platoons, a 1 Mk IV platoon), 1 x unit of mechanized infantry in halftracks, and a unit of SP Artillery (Hummels - the big guns) on the table.
|Panthers creep up to the Soviets. Once they close within 6 inches, the Soviet units may move|
|You can see the strategy. The Mk IVs are "holding" the Soviets down|
|The red marker is a permanent hit. This panther platoon is in trouble!|
|Halftracks racing through the Panther platoon.|
|Really cool photo. Panthers Vorwarts!|
|The battle so far. The German "right hook" is developing although the Panthers on the right in contact have a permanent hit. They've taken some casualties / breakdowns / morale failures and have almost had it!|
|German Gepanzerte PanzerGrenadiers zoom around the small copse and prepare to assault the Balka. Once the Panzers have cleared the front, they can safely dismount and assault through the woods.|
|The Hummels are plastering the hill now|
|Once the T-34s are dispatched, the Germans dismount and begin their assault|
|Meanwhile, the Soviets who are dug-in, start taking artillery fire from the Hummels. It's rough in their foxholes and trenches.|
|Soviet counterattack. Meanwhile the lead German elements in contact are wearing down.|
|The Soviets target the German infantry, now visible to them, with mortar fire.|
|German heavy artillery fire causes a permanent hit on the Soviet troops on the hill.|
The Germans eventually break with the artillery taking out the Soviet platoon on the forward edge of the hill. One infantry platoon and a mortar platoon remain.
|The T-34 platoon takes a long time to knock out|
|The Germans are taking a long time to rally hits off in order to begin the assault again.|
|The clock runs out with most of the German armor spent and the infantry platoon broken off. The Soviets end the game with an intact infantry platoon on the hilltop and their mortars still with them.|
Also looking at trying Battlegroup: Kursk with 6mm microarmor to see how that project goes but I think playing Alex's UtB with the little tanks really gives the table a cool, massed tank battle look to it.