Eye of the Tiger – A Crossfire Battle Report by Chuck Noland

Chuck Noland play my Crossfire scenario for Eye of the Tiger. Chuck has played some of my scenarios before and I’m always grateful when folk send reports through. All words are Chucks.


We just finished this game and had a great time. I played the Germans and It seemed fairly balanced. However, we did modify the bog rules, substituting a bog on 5-6 vs 4-6.

It’s obvious this isn’t a real battle report. It doesn’t have much detail, explanation, or any after action conclusions or suggestions.

Here’s the board viewed from the Russian right rear.

CN-Tiger-1 board from the Russian right rear

CN-Tiger-1 board from the Russian right rear

Here’s the board viewed from the German side.

CN-Tiger-2 board from German side

CN-Tiger-2 board from German side

The Germans sent 2 platoons right and one left. Each was accompanied by AFVs. The 45mm AT gun opened up, missed and was dispatched by infantry.

CN-Tiger-3 45mm AT gun opened up

CN-Tiger-3 45mm AT gun opened up

Two of the T-34s bogged permanantly on entering. Here, one makes it to the crossroads, but is later brewed in a dual with a Pz IV.

CN-Tiger-4 T-34 makes it to the crossroads

CN-Tiger-4 T-34 makes it to the crossroads

The German Infantry moves cautiously up both flanks and after several firefights the Russians fall back. Here, the Germans, thinking they are very cleaver, get one platoon with a CC around the right and attack from the rear. Things look good until later, they go “No fire” and this entire platoon is destroyed in Close Combat with the Russian CC proving invincible! Now, only one German platoon left of their right.

CN-Tiger-5 German Infantry moves cautiously up both flanks

CN-Tiger-5 German Infantry moves cautiously up both flanks

The German armor plays it safe since, unlike the Russians, it has roads.

CN-Tiger-6 German armour sticks to roads

CN-Tiger-6 German armour sticks to roads

Later, one Pz IV is destroyed in Close Combat by a retreating Russian squad. Once the German armor gets to the crossroads, I can’t figure out how to use them, fearing losing initiative with single tank fire. In hindsight I think this was a mistake.

CN-Tiger-7 Pz IV is destroyed in Close Combat

CN-Tiger-7 Pz IV is destroyed in Close Combat

By now the Russians have 9 of the 10 victory points needed to win! But the German squad remaining on their right captures sufficient buildings to clinch the game!

We go one more Russian initiative anyway.

The CC and 2 squads attempt Close Combat, and this photo shows the aftermath. No more CC! Revenge is served hot. We end play.

CN-Tiger-8 Russian company commander dies in close combat

CN-Tiger-8 Russian company commander dies in close combat

Thanks for your design, Steven! Much appreciated!
– Chuck

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