|The Orel-Kursk rail line and road. The house on the right would be the scene of bitter fighting.|
|The field overall - typical terrain of the Kursk battlefields.|
|Small cottage in the sleepy village of Buzuluk. Things are about to get alot less sleepy!|
|Germans dug-in and waiting for an opportunity to move forward!|
|Soviet "Hero" Battalion in 3 x companies across the front. Note the rune markings denoting German objective.|
|Alex and Mark conferring|
|Germans taking up fighting positions in Buzuluk|
|Naval Infantry move out!|
|T-34s taking losses! I told Ken "dont lose these, wahtever you do!"|
|Stugs of the 244th StuG Abteilung move up along the rail line!|
|Meanwhile the German Pioniere lurk in a nearby woods!|
|Soviet assault group passing the objective (remember that)|
|Germans dug in.|
|Soviets moving up to assault the Germans in the wheatfield|
|Soviet advance on their left flank is stopped dead in its tracks by indirect fire!|
|A bailed Stug along the rail line!|
|German landsers holding out under the Soviet 76mm barrage! on your feet, men!|
|Soviet guns punishing the German invaders!|
|Soviet reinforcements making their way up to the stone wall into the German positions|
|Soviet attack against the left of the German platoon is beated back! they are mosre successful on the right!|
Ken had to leave at this point and transferred command to me....we all know what happens then!
Alex, who noticed the Assault Group Naval troops had advanced up to the house, decided this was the moment ot win the game. A Soviet objective was undefended and only a 1 turn march at dash speed from the Pioneer troops, who won battle honors by rendering the entire Soviet position untenable today! While they couldn't occupy at dash speed, they were literally a turn away from contesting and my troops would not have made it in time. Sorry, Ken!
|heroes of the battle - the German pioniere!|
So Buzuluk went to the Germans today as did their other attack objectives as well - Hill 242, Kastenwald, and Maslovo, which we diced for. The Germans won all of their Day 1 battles on schedule. Interestingly, they also lost a mixed Panzer III/Panzer IV platoon in the Maslovo fight. They were the only ones to lose a firestorm unit this week.
The map has been updated and is below. I'm really hoping Brian and his crew play out one of the games over the next few weeks. The more games being played, the happier I'll be (and then someone's fate won't rest on ME rolling a D6!) Note that Tank Hill and Kleninskoye are cut off an have an "S" in them for supply check reminders. So far, I'm very happy with how the campaign has gone on turn 1.
Flames of War worked well but I'm still keen to try some other games in the mix as well, like Battlegroup, the Neil Thomas rules from "Wargaming: An Introduction" which to me is like "Battlegroup Lite", Alex's Up the Blue rules, and even Bolt Action. The sky is the limit!
Looking forward to more games coming up! Wanted to also extend a hearty thanks to Ken, Alex, Brian, and Mark for stopping by today and for their patience as we relearned all of the nuances of Flames of War again. I hope the teams had fun today.