Nazi massed on their left intending to try to hold in centre with one Inf Bttn whilst other attacked forward on left with Tigers in between supporting both. Ivans spread out across table but mainly concealed in woods and entrenchments with 3 Su85s in 'special ambush' (an extra hidden item of scenario system) and T34s in reserve off-table.
Nazis advanced into a hail of artillery & mortar (Katayushas, 76mm Field Guns, 81mm mortars and the Su76s) all firing from concealed support positions behind Inf stands. Nazi recce units suffered horribly as did the Engineer coy which was decimated by an accurate Katayusha strike ! Tigers managed to gain a large hill but suffered losses to the ambushing Su85s and the 76mm guns of Su76/towed batteries. FW190 arrived and only had enemy AA units as targets but managed to kill one. Ivans managed to easily change orders of Bttn on their own left which swung onto the flank of advancing Nazis. T34s arrived and took losses from Tigers but both formations were forced to test morale with Tigers failing and T34s passing twice !! Heavy loss to an Inf Bttn coupled with the Tigers demise lead Nazi commander to yield the field..................
Great to use WWII stuff again and we thought the scenario system was great but our long hiatus from Spearhead rules lead to slow play as we checked and re-checked various aspects but it was beginning to flow again towards the end. Looking forward to another game.
Ivans begin to deploy in defensive posistions
Tigers enter along roadway
Grenadiers advance on left recce to the fore
Ivans entrenched on hill and in woods
Ivan battalion visible to the right which later swung towards centre
German plans revealed
Advance on left with 88mm flak in support
Tigers nose to tail
Second Grenadier battalion
Lots of Commies visible