Category: Tarnopol 1944

Tarnopol cropped up in a couple of my books on WW2 and it struck me as a kind of mini-Stalingrad so I thought I’d write up some notes. The historical significance of Tarnopol is that it was the first city Hitler declared to be a “Fortified Place” (10 Mar 1944). Despite being surrounded the small garrison was ordered to defend the city at all costs … and cost them it did. Check out the Timeline and Order of Battle.


Mark Bretherton on Scratch Building Ruins, Urban Boards and a SU-152 Game

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Mark Bretherton played my SU-152s Up Close and Personal scenario again. In his previous battle report he described the scenario as “cracking”. It seems he still likes it.

This time Mark included some photos of his game and of his urban Crossfire set up. I really like the effect Mark has achieved with his terrain and table so asked him for more details on how he did it. Everything is scratch built and looks fantastic. An inspiration. All words and photos are Mark’s…

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SU-152s Up Close and Personal – A Crossfire Battle Report 2

“This is a cracking scenario”. Mark Bretherton played my SU-152s Up Close and Personal scenario for Crossfire. The words below are Mark’s unless indicated otherwise. Aside from the after action report itself, Mark explains the house rules he used for this scenario and muses on potential house rules for attacking buildings and bunkers.

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Push to the City – A Crossfire Battle Report

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Chris Harrod and I played my Push to the City – A Crossfire Scenario in Tarnopol. Although we played it as a stand alone game it is also part of my from my Tarnopol 3 Round Campaign.

Summary: Good game. I won as the Russian attacker.

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Battle Group Friebe – A Crossfire Battle Report

Panther from Battle Group Friebe

Rich Wilcox and I play through the scenario Tarnopol: Battle Group Friebe, the third part of our Crossfire Campaign: 3 Round Tarnopol. It has been 18 months since played the game so the details have been lost with time but Rich won the game and hence the campaign. Rich also captured a few snaps.

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Russian Recce – A Crossfire Battle Report

Rich Wilcox and I tried out the first scenario – Tarnopol: Russian Recce – from my Tarnopol 3 Round Campaign. This scenario was based on my experience of Reconnaissance before Pontecorvo, which revealed several problems with that HTD scenario.

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SU-152s Up Close and Personal – A Crossfire Battle Report

Rich Wilcox and I played out the second scenario from my Tarnopol 3 Round Campaign called SU-152s Up Close and Personal. The scenario design was based on my experiment with a 2 Foot City.

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SU-152s Up Close and Personal – A Crossfire Scenario in Tarnopol

Table for SU-152s Up Close and Personal

This Crossfire scenario features Russian SU-152 Self Propelled Guns clearing the streets of Tarnopol. It can part of the 3 Round Tarnopol Crossfire Campaign but can also be played in isolation. See also the Battle Report.

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Russian Recce – A Crossfire Scenario in Tarnopol

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This Crossfire scenario is a Russian reconnaissance probe towards German held Tarnopol. It can be played as part of the 3 Round Tarnopol Crossfire Campaign but can also be played in isolation. See also the Battle Report.

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Push to the City – A Crossfire Scenario in Tarnopol

Table Push to the City Scenario

This Crossfire scenario represents the pivotal Russian assault that broke the men of the German 949th Grenadier Regiment at Tarnopol on 28 Mar 1944, and the counter-attacks that followed. It is part of the 3 Round Tarnopol Crossfire Campaign but can also be played in isolation.

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Breakout from Tarnopol – A Crossfire Scenario in Tarnopol

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A Crossfire scenario about the German break out attempt from Tarnopol. It is part of the 3 Round Tarnopol Crossfire Campaign but can also be played in isolation.

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Battle Group Friebe – A Crossfire Scenario in Tarnopol

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This Crossfire scenario features Panzerverband Friebe’s attempt to break through to Tarnopol. It is part of the 3 Round Tarnopol Crossfire Campaign but can also be played in isolation. See also the Battle Report.

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Tarnopol Matrix – An Engle Matrix Campaign

Tarnopol Matrix Campaign Map

“Tarnopol Matrix” uses Engle Matrix Games mechanisms for a wargaming campaign within the historical context of siege of Tarnopol in Mar-Apr 1944.

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3 Round Tarnopol – A Crossfire Campaign

3 Round Tarnopol uses the 3 Round Campaign mechanisms within the historical context of Tarnopol for a Crossfire campaign. The structure of the game guarantees three different Crossfire games are played from a possible set of five scenarios.

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Timeline for Tarnopol

A timeline for Fortress Garrison Tarnopol.

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Order of Battle for Tarnopol

Orders of Battle for Fortress Garrison Tarnopol.

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