Category: Kharkov 1941-43

Kharkov in the Ukraine was the focus of four major battles during World War II:
20–24 Oct 1941 – First Battle of Kharkov – German took the city
12–28 May 1942 – Second Battle of Kharkov – Failed Soviet attempt to retake the city
(2-19 Feb 1943 – Operation Star – Soviets retook the city)
19 Feb to 15 Mar 1943 – Third Battle of Kharkov – Germans armoured forces counter-attacked and retook the city
12-23 Aug 1943 – Fourth Battle of Kharkov – Soviets captured the city for good


Kharkov 1942 – German Order of Battle

Kharkov 1942

Next up in my grand scheme to refight the whole of the Battle of Kharkov 1942, on a table using Megablitz, is the historical German order of battle.

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Kharkov 1942 – the Soviet Order of Battle

Kharkov 1942

I’ve got a grand scheme to refight the whole of the Battle of Kharkov 1942 on a table. Probably using Megablitz. The first step is a historical order of battle for the Soviets.

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The Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian (2016)

Megalomaniac surveying all those unfinished wargaming projects in 2016

It has been a year since my Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian so definitely time for the 2016 update. I figured that, by sharing what I’m working on (far too much) and where I was up to with it (not far enough), I’d feel bad enough about my lack of progress to limit my work in progress and get some projects finished. Well, it worked, but only partly. I still worked on seven projects this year and finished none.

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Papa Eicke – A Crossfire Battle Report

Germans reach crashed plane

Chris Harrod and I played my Papa Eicke Scenario for Crossfire.

Summary: Chris, playing Kampfgruppe Masarie, recreated history and secured the body of Papa Eicke and his insignia and consequently won the game. However, he did this at the cost of a half his armoured fighting vehicles. The scenario had the right elements but could do with some tweaking.

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The Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian (2015)

Megalomaniac

One of the things that really impresses me about Paul Ward of Matakishi’s Tea House is his focus. He chooses a new project, plans the project, does the project, finishes it, and moves on.

I’m a bit more scatter gun myself despite the fact that at work I encourage teams to limit work in progress. I start with a focus and get a lot done but then often wander off on a tangent when something else comes up that sparks my interest. I let myself do that because this is my hobby, not my job. A hobby shouldn’t really

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Timeline of the 2nd Battle of Kharkov 1942

After reading David Glantz’s book on the 2nd Battle of Kharkov I started writing up some notes on the timeline.

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Order of Battle for the 2nd Battle of Kharkov 1942

Orders of Battle for the the 2nd Battle of Kharkov.

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Sources for the Battles of Kharkov

Annotated bibliography for the Four Battles of Kharkov.

2nd Battle of Kharkov 1942

The Soviets started the 2nd Battle of Kharkov of May 1942 but the Germans finished it. The Soviets lost a quarter of a million troops and the Germans only about 20,000.

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Geography around Kharkov in WW2

I’d like to collect some information about the geography around Kharkov in 1941-45.

Papa Eicke – A Crossfire Scenario

Table for Papa Eicke Scenario

This Crossfire scenario is really an excuse to use my crashed Fieseler Storch objective lovingly painted by Roland Davis. The scenario starts when the Fieseler Storch carrying Obergruppenführer Theodor Eicke is shot down near the Russian lines outside Kharkov. SS Division Totenkopf mount an assault to secure the crash site and recover their commander’s body.

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3rd Battle of Kharkov – A Crossfire Battle Report

This is the third time I’ve played my 3rd Battle of Kharkov scenario but the first time I’ve had a digital camera handy. I must, however, apologise in advance for far too many blurry shots.

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3rd Battle of Kharkov – A Crossfire Scenario

Table Kharkov 3

A Crossfire scenario set during the last major German victory of WW2 – the 3rd battle of Kharkov 11-14 March 1943. See also my Battle Report.

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Timeline of the 3rd Battle of Kharkov 1943

The 3rd Battle of Kharkov was the last major German victory of World War II. I needed a brief timeline as background for my Kharkov 3 Crossfire Scenario.

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