Mekensievy-Gory – Sharp shooting PAKs – A Crossfire Scenario

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A Crossfire scenario that has, on 29 Dec 1941, Gottlob Bidermann defending Mekensievy-Gory with his 3.7cm PaK 35/36 and some very understrength infantry from 437th Infantry Regiment, 132nd Infantry Division. They are facing Russian infantry and light armour . It is based on an incident described in Bidermann (2000).

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Bessonov – Tank Rider “Mount the Tanks!”

Bessonov is one of many memoirs coming out of the former Soviet Union. Evgeni Bessonov was a young Russian officer in a Tank Rider unit during World War II. In two years of fighting he led his unit from the Orel Offensive (Aug 1943) to Berlin. Bessonov (2003) is his own account of those years. I found it one of the better memoirs. It is a good read and I enjoyed in insight into the life of tank rider.

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Ponyri Station and Hill 253.5 – A Big Crossfire Scenario during Kursk

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I volunteered to run a day long Crossfire multi-player event for my old club in Guildford. This scenario represents one attack and counter-attack cycle of the battle around Ponyri Station and Hill 253.5 on 7 July 1943. The parameters were:

  • WW2
  • 6-8 players
  • one big table (’cause I wanted to try out the Multi-player Rules with the Guildford chaps)
  • playable by a mix of Crossfire novices and more experienced gamers
  • using the kit I have available (Germans and Russians)
  • must finish in about six hours of gaming (set up and pack up time was in addition)

This is what I came up with.

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Krasny Bor Campaign: Phase 1 – Break the line

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Phase 1 of the Krasny Bor Campaign is the Soviet attempt to breakthrough the Spanish Front Line troops and get as many troops as possible into the Spanish rear for use in Phase 2. It starts at 08.00 hours and is fought on the Front tables.

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