|The two bridge crossings across the Katurin River, seen from the south looking north. The German counter attack goes in form the right|
|The German blocking battalion is at the bottom of the photo, while the main assault, and infantry battalion supported by a platoon of Tiger 1s, and an under strength battalion of PzKw IVs, is heading nor west towards its objective.|
The Russian commander of the 21st Tank Corps has intelligence indicating the likelihood of this counter thrust. He sends a battalion of motorised infantry supported by a small battalion of Su 76 SP guns to take and hold his own right flank.
His main force (a tank heavy Tank Battalion, with motorised infantry cross attached) is sent forward in his centre to act as a central reserve, able to swing towards whichever bridge the German counter thrust is intended to take).
|The Russian armour is still equipped with a mixture of T34 76Bs and Cs, and its recon is still undertaken by some of the few BT7s remaining in service.. needs must!!|
|The Russian right flank defense|
Seeing at last the direction of the main German counter thrust, the Russian commander can't believe his eyes as he watches the German forces crossing his flank.
|The Russian central reserve is committed onto the ridge line to enfilade the advancing German forces.|
|The German armour deploys to meet the thrust into its flank|
|Within minutes half of the German armoured battalion vehicles lay smoking.|
... while the Russian right managed an order change and edged forward to contact the defensive German left and pin these troops in place.
The German PzkwIV battalion failed its morale check and headed away from the action.
Th advancing Tigers were caught in the flank by the Russian armour.
|One Tiger platoon destroyed, and the other suppressed.. not looking good for the Germans.|
At this stage the German commander ordered a withdrawal, and his infantry resumed their withdrawal in the face of the overwhelming Russian counter attack.
The game was played using 20mm equipment, and the Spearhead rules. The forces were roughly shaped using the Scenario Generation System, with approximately 420 points per side. Stan commanded the Russians, and Nick the Germans. Andy and I were subordinate commanders.
The story line for this AAR revolves around the bridge, but the game was actually objective based, with 5 objectives determined using the SGS. At the end of the game the Russian forces held 3 and contested another. One was not held by either side.
Nick's report on the battle can be found here.