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.
Here’s the board viewed from the 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.
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.
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.
The German armor plays it safe since, unlike the Russians, it has 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.
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.
Thanks for your design, Steven! Much appreciated!