Here again is the overall table top
Mark's Germans were deployed within the blue lined area with 1st Bn 517th Infantry dug into the Razgulaevka station area supported by infantry guns. The Engineer company had reinforced the bridgehead and deployed in the ruins at the western end. All the remaining forces of the Kampfgruppe would arrive from moves 2, 3 and 4 at the Southern baseline. (See this link for a PDF of Orders of Battle and Objectives)
The very much depleted Russian 124th Rifle Brigade, grouped as one tactical unit of 54 figures, was deployed within the grey lined area in the scrub South of Gorodishche. A field gun and mortar in the town would support them using the NKVD officer as observer on an upper floor of the Mill.
I'll keep the account brief, mainly using pictures.
|German Engineer company dug in at the West end of the railway bridge|
|124th Rifles infantry are making best speed in their attack trying to use what|
cover can be provided by the scrub.
They are under long range small arms fire now.
The above photos show the progress of light and medium companies of 6th Guards Tank Brigade. Each has a company of SMG armed tank riders on board. As the T60 and T70 approached the Mechetka one was destroyed by fire from the 150mm infantry gun on the facing hilltop and some of the riders were also lost. Subsequent morale test was "No offensive action" and basically this force did not achieve much more. The company of T34s crossed the river further back and headed menacingly towards the station, using their machine guns with some effect on the German infantry. Despite this small success Mark was now looking with worry at his threatened flank.
|Two views of the Russian attack on the station area. Above at the central crossroads |
and below at the Russian right flank where a crossfire from the German Engineer
company was being felt.
|In the distance are green counters showing the advance of 1st battalion 112th Rifles|
who are too distant to have been revealed yet.
But now a turning point was approaching.
|Mark had brought up the Flak Battalion in the centre and deployed them just beyond |
the little village to cover the open ground behind the station into which the T34s were heading
|The 88mm is set up at bottom right of this photo and you can see a |
company of Panzer IIIs is confronting the T34s
Mark had managed to bring his 75mm AT gun into action on the railway line and got
a rear shot into a T34 - only Light Damage though! However the 88mm made
up for it scoring a Heavy Damage. That was enough to brew up the T34 and I awaited my Morale check with trepidation.......
More in the next posting........