Rich Wilcox and I were talking about whether a tank heavy scenario would work in Crossfire, so we decided to give it a go. The scenario is loosely based on Kursk, but only because I have a fair amount of Eastern Front kit for 1943, and we wanted to use all of it (or at least, most of it). See also my Battle Report.
Setting: Kursk Region, Russia; July 1943
A giant armoured bash up.
Key features are:
- 6’x4′ table.
- Fields (in season)
- Hill (Contour Line with Rough) and Crests.
- Woods and orchards (in season)
- Russians deploy north of the line A-A.
- Russian reinforcements arrive on table edge B-B.
- Germans arrive on table edge C-C.
- Russians deploy hidden.
Russian Player (Defending)
Initially the Russians have an under strength rifle company supported by anti-tank weapons. All dug in.
Russian Order of Battle – Defensive Forces
- 1 x Anti-tank gun Platoon: PC (+1), 3 x 76 mm field gun *
- 1 x Anti-tank gun Platoon: PC (+1), 3 x 57 mm ATG *
- 1 x Anti-tank gun Platoon: PC (+1), 3 x 45 mm ATG *
- 1 x under-strength Rifle Company
- 1 x CC (+1)
- 1 x HMG
- 1 x FO for off table 82 mm Mortar (12 FM)
- 1 x on-table 50 mm Mortar (12 FM)
- 2 x Rifle Platoon: PC (+1/0), 3 x Rifle Stands , with all rifle stands having ATR
- As many entrenchments as they care to have
* Each of these platoons can group fire, which is why they have a PC
Deploys first, hidden north of the line A-A.
Russian start throwing for reinforcements as soon as they have lost at least one stand. The reinforcements arrive on a 6 at the start of any subsequent Russian initiative.
The reinforcements are masses of armour.
Russian Order of Battle – Reinforcements
- 1 x Heavy Assault Gun Platoon: 2 x SU-152
- 1 x Light Assault Gun Platoon: 2 x SU-76i
- 1 x Light Assault Gun Platoon: 3 x SU-76M
- 1 x Light Tank Platoon: 1 x T-70; 2 x T-60
- 1 x Medium Tank Platoon: 3 x T-34/76
- 1 x Heavy Tank Platoon: 3 x KV-1
- 1 x Tank Rider Platoon: 1 x PC (+1/0), 3 x SMG
See Russian Armour Special Rule.
German Player (Attacking)
Begins scenario with initiative.
The Germans get a Panzer Grenadier company and lots of tanks.
German Order of Battle
- 1 x SdKfz 231 (8-RAD) – Reconnaissance Vehicle.
- 1 x Heavy Tank Platoon: 1 x Panther; 1 x Tiger
- 1 x Medium Tank Platoon: 3 x Pz IV G; 2 x Pz III G
- 1 x Medium Tank Platoon: 3 x Pz IV H and/or G; 3 x Pz III M and/or L
- 1 x Light Tank Platoon: 3 x Pz 38t
- 1 x Medium Assault Gun Platoon: 3 x Stug III G
- 1 x Panzergrenadier Company (Veteran)
- 1 x CC(+2)
- 1 x Company Heavy Weapons
- 2 x HMG
- 1 x FO for Off-table 81mm Mortar [12 FM]
- 1 x Rifle Platoon: 1 x PC(+2); 3 x Rifle Squad; 1 x ATR
- 2 x Rifle Platoon: 1 x PC(+1); 3 x Rifle Squad; 1 x ATR
- 4 x APC (251/1 Halftrack)
Deploys second, arriving on southern table edge (C-C).
None. However, any armoured platoons can be left off table at the start (mainly for congestion reasons) as reserves. At the start of any subsequent initiative the German player can roll to receive a reserve. On a 5+ one off table armoured platoons arrives anywhere on the German base edge.
Casualty (AD) objectives
Fight until one side is wiped out. Survivor wins.
Scenario Special Rules
- Check out my house rules and in particular the armour section.
- Russian Armour Special Rule (based on “ Hen and Chicks” rule from Flames of War).
- Russian armour is organised into platoons.
- Each Russian armoured platoon has a PC.
- Russian vehicles must start and end within LOS of their PC.
- If a PC vehicle is destroyed, another vehicle in the platoon is nominated as the PC in the follow initiative.
- Each Russian armoured platoon can either move or shoot each initiative, and all vehicles within the platoon either move or shoot accordingly. So a vehicle cannot move and shoot in the same initiative, but nor can one vehicle move and another shoot.
- Russian ATG can group fire, either a crossfire or fire group.
- The Russian tank riders can, unsurprisingly, ride on tanks. In fact they must start mounted. One tank or assault gun can carry one squad. The PC rides for free.
- German Panzer Grenadiers must start mounted. They can only dismount when the Russians fire an anti-tank weapon at any German vehicle (and it doesn’t have to be the Panzer Grenadier’s vehicle).
- German Half-tracks count as HMG for attaching to platoons, and can group fire with platoons they are attached to.
- Fields are in season, so block LOS between dismounted infantry (including guns); they also block RBF from infantry. They do not, however, block LOS between vehicles, or between vehicles and infantry, or RBF from vehicles.
- Tanks, and guns on a higher contour, can shoot over infantry that are hidden, in entrenchments, or ground hugging.
- The German SdKfz 231 (8-RAD) is a reconnaissance vehicle and uses the reconnaissance special rule. Specifically:
- Succeed in Recon by Fire (RBF) on a 5+ not just a 6.
- German Recon vehicles can retreat move, and can reverse at full speed.
- The Revealing hidden squads on a One [Optional Rule] is in use. Hidden troops are not automatically revealed when they fire. They are only revealed if they throw a one on any dice when firing. Other stands in the same feature are not revealed when one fires. When any moves then all are revealed.
|45 mm ATG||–||+1||-1||–||1/1||–||1||-2|
|57mm ATG (57/73)||–||+1||+1||–||2/1||–||–||0.5||-2|
|76 mm ATG||–||+1||0||–||4/2||–||1||-2|
|T34-76||4/3||-1||0||4||4/2||–||N||3||+3||2 man turret|
|T-60||41-43||2/1||-1||-3||3||1/1||–||N||2||+3||1 man turret|
|T-70||42-EW||3/2||-1||-2||3||2/1||–||N||2||+3||1 man turret|
|SU 76 M||2/1||0||0||3||4/2||–||N||2||+1|
|SdKfz 231 (8-RAD)||Any||1/1||0||-3||3||1/1||–||Y||3||+3||Recon|
|Pz III G||Apr40-43||2/1||0||-2||4||2/1||–||Y||2||+3|
|Pz III H-M||Oct40-44||3/1||0||-1||4||2/1||–||Y||2||+3|
|Pz IV G||4/2||0||+1||4||4/2||–||Y||2||+3|
|Pz V Panther||Jul43-EW||6/2||0||+2||4||4/2||–||Y||2||+3|
|Pz VI, Tiger I||Aug42-EW||5/3||0||+2||4||5/2||–||Y||1||+3|
|StuG III G||4/2||-1||+1||4||4/2||–||N||+2|
The combination of hidden anti-tank guns, who can group fire, and who are only revealed when they throw a one, is quite potent.
The intention was to give the defender some fortifications, but on the day we forgot:
- 3 x Bunker (2 SQ)
- 4 x Mine sections
- 8 x Wire sections
The “Hens and Chicks” rule for Russian Armour represents the “Follow Me” command and control approach of the Russian Tankers. It is an idea from the Battle Front site.
See also my Battle Report.