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Old January 9th, 2013, 05:15 AM

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The problem is that the large overview pics become compressed in order to fit this forum. I would sugest that you would click on "Quote" and then copy the image adresse, that way you should be able to see the larger picture.

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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:42 PM

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Just like the previous battle, this battle also turned out to be a hard one. And the decision to use two lines of dragon’s teeth this time turned out to be a good one, since it bought the Soviet’ taskforce just enough time to turn a possible defeat into a decisive victory.



To begin with a small number of tanks appeared in the centre and soon the captured T-7 proved their worth, scoring the first kills by destroying Panther tanks with hits in the frontal armour at distances greater than 1.500 metres. It soon became clear that the German’ forces were focusing their attacks in the centre and south, making it possible for the forces in the north to make a careful advance through the double lines of dragon’s teeth while at the same time sending their tanks and tank destroyers south.



As the German’ losses in tanks grew, so did their determination to counter the fierce resistance by the Soviet’ taskforce. The tanks and AT guns on the centre hill received a lot of artillery fire and the Germans also kept countering the Soviet’ artillery, causing some casualties among their ranks as well. Soon the battle turned into a battle where both sides played a deadly game of cat and mouse making snapshots at the enemy tanks when ever possible. At the same time, the German’ Me 109 fighter-bombers continued to attack the Soviet’ ground forces over and over again.



In the north the infantry units continued to advance behind German’ lines undetected, but in the centre and south the Germans slowly but surely pushed their way through the lines of dragon’s teeth, which piece by piece being were opened up by the rugged German’ infantry. It was clear that there was going to be a breakthrough, the only questions were when and where. At the same time the pounded Soviet’ artillery couldn’t focus its fire enough to be able to counter this, forcing it to fire at a few German’ tank concentrations one at a time.



In the north the Soviet’ infantry managed to destroy three mortar positions and shortly after that also managed to reach the rear centre German’ lines, destroying a forth mortar position. Here they also encountered the German HQ, which finally was destroyed after a long drawn out fire fight between them and the infantry.



This couldn’t have come at a better time, because by now the German’ forces had managed to breach the double lines of dragon’s teeth in two places, sending lots of tanks through the south hole and a handful through the centre hole. The north group was easy to destroy by the ambushing IS-II tanks, but the south group took longer to grind to a halt, also since the captured T-7 tanks had run out of ammunition and largely had been forced to turn back. But as luck would have it, the German’ forces were stopped just in time without a single flag lost to the enemy.



Losses:

The Soviet’ taskforce lost 11 tanks and armoured vehicles plus a total of 530 men and the Germans lost about 1.000 men, 137 tanks and armoured vehicles, 3 halftracks, 4 mortar positions plus 1 Me 109 shot down. Of the German’ tanks lost, one was a Tiger II captured intact, and this tank was taken up by the Soviet’ taskforce as soon as possible.

The Soviet’ losses included 6 IS-II with 4 crews, 3 T-5 tanks with crews, 1 SU-85M with crew, 1 ZSU-M15 with crew plus 1 AT gun crew due to the German artillery.

Claims:

The heavy tank battalion claimed 74 tanks and 1 halftrack destroyed. The tank destroyer battery claimed 12 tanks destroyed. The infantry claimed 17 tanks, 2 halftracks and 4 mortar positions destroyed in close combat actions. And finally the artillery as a whole was credited with 34 tanks destroyed after inspecting the wrecked German’ tanks after the battle.

Of the total claims made by the heavy tank battalion, 19 were made by the captured T-7 tanks and 56 by the IS-II tanks.

Battle result:

Despite the odds the Soviet’ taskforce managed to hold their lines, stop the final attack on the flags and also infiltrate behind the German’ lines, thus this battle also turned out to a decisive victory.

Replacing losses:

The heavy tank battalion got their lost tanks replaced without any problems at all. The captured T-7 was given to the commander with crew of this unit as a reward after faithful service after leading the unit to many victories.

The tank destroyer battery was completely reequipped with the new SU-100 and its crews retrained. This new tank destroyer should give the successful unit more punch in the future battles to come.

The three lost T-5 tanks weren’t replaced, so the medium tank platoon will have to make due with just two T-5. Compared to the other units of the taskforce, this unit has suffered more losses and bad luck and it’s future fate within the taskforce will be decided in the near future.

The destroyed ZSU-M15 was replaced at once.

The losses suffered by the infantry and artillery were completely replaced.

Finally the decision was reached to replace the destroyed armoured forward observation vehicles with two independent 203 mm batteries. This should provide the taskforce with an extra punch when supporting the rest of the units during the battles to come.

New basic force:

Basic force:

-Soviet HQ + T-5g APC (8 men)
-Heavy Tank Battalion (27 IS-II & 5 T-7 - 133 men)
-Tank Destroyer Battery (11 SU-100 - 44 men)
-Medium Tank Platoon (2 T-5g - 10 men)
-Heavy Artillery Regiment (4 122 mm & 4 152 mm - 288 men)
-Heavy Artillery Batteries (2 203 mm - 112 men)
-Anti-Aircraft Platoon (4 ZSU-M15 - 16 men)
-Anti-Tank Battery (6 57 mm L73 - 30 men)
-Infantry (8 infantry & 1 MG Companies, 8 snipers and 8 Bazooka - 1.152 men)

Battle Seven:

Hungry, December 1944 - Advance

Support forces:

-Heavy Tank Company (10 IS-II - 40 men)
-Tank Destroyer Battery (11 ISU-122s - 44 men)
-Air Support (4 Il-2 Shturmovic - 8 men)
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Old January 9th, 2013, 03:49 PM

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The plan is simple: The taskforce will advance in three forces - Force A, Force B and Force C - and since the visability is limited to only 450 metres, the infantry will act as scouts and the tanks and tank destroyers as support for the advancing infantry. The AT guns get the day off, since they won't needed for the advance and the SU-100 and ZSU-M15 will stay behind as a reserve force, just in case something unexpected happens.

Force A consists of infantry and 27 IS-II and has the objective to capture the north flag group.

Force B consists of 5 T-7 and 2 T-5 together with infantry and will capture the centre flag group.

Force C consists of 10 IS-II and 11 ISU-122s along with infantry and will capture the south flag group and sweep through the south forest area, to spot any nasty surprices there.

Let the battle begin.

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Old January 9th, 2013, 07:59 PM

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The problem is that the large overview pics become compressed in order to fit this forum. I would sugest that you would click on "Quote" and then copy the image adresse, that way you should be able to see the larger picture.

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Yeah, I tried that but it looks the same. The picture remains as a thumbnail.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 03:38 PM

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The tactic to deploy the infantry in front of the tanks as a scout force was time consuming but turned out to be the right one, mainly due to one lucky factor. Nine minutes into the advance the German’ mortars and rocket artillery opened fire at force A, and although none of the advancing forces could spot their firing positions from the ground, from the air the supporting IL2 Shturmovic aircraft could. Immediately counter artillery was ordered and three minutes later it struck with full force, disabling the entire force of mortar and rocket artillery positions during a merciless three minute pounding.



After this the advancing forces A, B and C could continue to advance towards their targets pretty much unstoppable, only pausing their movement slightly in order to destroy the isolated pockets of resistance they faced.



Sixteen minutes into the advance the scouting infantry of force C spotted two Marder II that were guarding the open field to the south. A quick regroup of the advancing IS-II and ISU-122s and both targets were destroyed within a minute, not standing a chance against the 21 heavily armoured vehicles. After this the main force split into two groups, the largest heading north-west towards the south flag group and the smallest searching the forest area to the south. Minutes later the largest group spotted two more Marder II, and these two were also destroyed within minute. Now the route towards the north forest area where the south flag group was located was open.



Nineteen minutes into the advance of group A and B small units of German’ infantry was spotted and it didn’t take long to force them to the retreat. A few minutes later the first air attack by the IL2 Shturmovic aircraft revealed the positions of the German’ tanks defending the flag group. Two minutes after that a T-5 was knocked out while on route to the centre flag group, the crew being killed. At the same time the Soviet’ artillery kept pounding the German’ defensive line and all the forces were slowly advancing towards their targets, gaining ground as they went along slowly but surely.



North of the north flag group scouting infantry spotted a large force of German’ tanks and thirteen IS-II tanks were ordered to head for them in order to stop a possible counterattack. A few minutes later all the German’ tanks were destroyed for no losses. In the forest south of the south flag group a platoon of German’ tanks was also spotted and counterattacked, but these too were also destroyed, one being left behind abandoned by its crew. At the centre flag a T-7 was knocked out by a Panzerfaust, but luckily the crew - the commander of the heavy tank battalion - survived.



After additional air attacks and artillery fire both the north and centre flag groups could finally be captured at the same time and ten minutes later also the south flag group. The advance had been very slow and the taskforce got very lucky when being able to disable all of the mortar and rocket artillery positions, but the tactic paid off with minimal losses and maximal control of the flag areas after their capture. This battle turned out to be a school book example of an advance with perfect cooperation between the advancing infantry and the supporting tanks.



Losses:

The Soviet’ taskforce lost 2 tanks and 154 men, 149 of them infantry. The German’ taskforce lost about 500 men, 49 tanks and 15 artillery. Of the 49 tanks lost by the German’ taskforce, 3 - 2 Panther G and 1 Hetzer - were found abandoned on the battlefield.

Of the two Soviet’ tanks destroyed, one was a T-7, the entire crew surviving, and one was a T-5 with crew.

Claims:

The heavy tank battalion claimed 27 tanks destroyed. The medium tank platoon claimed 3 tanks destroyed. The supporting ISU-122s tank destroyer battery claimed 8 tanks destroyed. The infantry claimed 5 tanks, 2 AA guns and 4 AT guns destroyed. The supporting IL2 Shturmovic aircraft claimed 1 tank destroyed. And finally the artillery as a whole was credited with 2 tanks, 4 mortar positions and 5 rocket artillery positions destroyed after inspections of the German’ wrecks after the battle.

Of the total claims made by the heavy tank battalion, 9 were made by the T-7 tanks and 18 by the IS-II tanks.

Battle result:

Since all of the flags were captured and the German’ forces were too depleted to recapture them, the battle ended with a decisive victory.

Replacing losses:

The heavy tank battalion was reequipped with the new IS-IIm, with a faster firing main gun, better firing accuracy and slightly better frontal armour, and the crews retrained. The four surviving T-7 remain in service since their combat record continues to impress.

None of the T-5 tanks lost by the medium tank platoon were replaced. The remaining T-5 will act as mobile support to either the heavy tank battalion or the tank destroyer battery. The future fate of this unit remains uncertain.

The losses suffered by the infantry were completely replaced.

New basic force:

Basic force:

-Soviet HQ + T-5g APC (8 men)
-Heavy Tank Battalion (28 IS-IIm & 4 T-7 - 132 men)
-Tank Destroyer Battery (11 SU-100 - 44 men)
-Medium Tank Platoon (1 T-5g - 1 men)
-Heavy Artillery Regiment (4 122 mm & 4 152 mm - 288 men)
-Heavy Artillery Batteries (2 203 mm - 112 men)
-Anti-Aircraft Platoon (4 ZSU-M15 - 16 men)
-Anti-Tank Battery (6 57 mm L73 - 30 men)
-Infantry (8 infantry & 1 MG Companies, 8 snipers and 8 Bazooka - 1.152 men)

Battle Eight:

East Prussia, January 1945 - Assault

Support forces:

-Heavy Tank Battalion (32 IS-II - 128 men)
-Engineer Tank Platoons (6 PT-34 - 24 men)
-Heavy Artillery Regiment (4 122 mm & 4 152 mm - 288 men)
-Ski Snipers (3 men)
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Old January 19th, 2013, 03:53 PM

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Before advancing towards the flag areas, capturing the high ground in the middle of the battlefield is vital. This since it could be the site of numerous anti-tank guns or even heavy tanks. Because of this it will also be the main target of the whole artillery support in the beginning of the assault.

Thus the attacking force is devided into three attack forces:

Forces A and B will have the job of capturing the high ground, taking it from two different sides at once, before continuing towards their respective targets, the north and centre flag groups. Force A consists of 6 SU-100 and infantry and force B of 5 SU-100, 1 T-5g and infantry.

Force C consists of 60 IS-IIm, 4 T-7 and 6 PT-34 tanks, all of them carrying infantry, and will have the dangerous job of advancing through the south forest area, probably full of minefields, and then continue towards the south flag group and the small forest area to the south-west of it.

The rest of the taskforce, the AT guns and the AA vehicles, will have the job of securing the flanks just in case the German' taskforce launches a surprice attack.

Let the battle begin...

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What's a T7? Also, that might just me, but I feel the amount of forces is a little too high for the map size, especially for meaningful tactics/maneuvre.
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Oh yeah, that's a good point. How big a map are you playing? And how many turns?

I see that you have about a regiment or brigade sized force. I usually play only a battalion's (2,000pts) worth and my map is 120-160.
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If you read the whole thread from the very beginning, you should have that explaned.

A T-7 is a captured Tiger II, since four Tiger II were abandoned and captured about four battles ago. I decided to name them T-7 since T-6 already was used for captured Tiger I tanks.

In this case the total will be 10 battles (could be that I set it at 12 battles, don't renember) and each map is 100x100 hexes (5x5 km).

Also, this AAR series is only a simulation, during WW2 I know for a fact that the Red Army disliked both the Tiger I and Tiger II due to their size an lack of manuverability and prefered the Panther, StuG III, Jagdpanther and PzKpfw IV instead.

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As expected this battle turned out to be a hard one. Although the artillery had bombarded the high ground heavily, it would still take about 35 minutes to capture it. And for the large mass of tanks in the south it would take 25 minutes to finally break through the minefields and get some speed on to start advancing towards the south flag group. Also, after the battle no less than 10 Soviet’ tanks and tank destroyers were immobilised due to either snowdrifts or mines, and some were also destroyed due to the German’ artillery.

In the south, after finally breaking through the minefields, two Hetzer tank destroyers was found to be the only thing defending the wide open area south of the road, and as expected they proved no problems for the mass of heavy Soviet’ tanks. In the forest two more Tiger I were spotted, but after some distraction and softening up by the infantry they were both destroyed by the heavy tanks. One PzKpfw IV was also destroyed by the mine clearing T-34 tanks. Meanwhile a small group of heavy tanks were heading towards the rear of the German’ area to the south and destroyed four artillery vehicles located there.

In the centre the T-5g and two SU-100 on the high ground found out the hard way that they were in the gun sights of two Tiger I and some Panther G tanks and all were destroyed, the T-5g crew surviving. Other SU-100 on the high ground however managed to destroy the Panther G tanks and then continued to support the infantry that was crossing the frozen river on their way towards the centre flag groups.

Although the Soviet heavy tanks far outnumbered the German’ tanks they were facing, they still had some problems with a group of Panther G tanks, that were defending the road. The solution was to have the invading tanks in the rear area making a U turn, thus capturing the German’ tanks between the two groups of Soviet’ tanks and finally destroying them. Some pillboxes were also spotted and destroyed by the T-7 tanks.

Finally, after a very hard struggle, the superior Soviet’ forces managed to repel the German’ counterattacks and first capture the south flag group, quickly followed by the two centre flag groups.

During the battle the new SU-100 proved to truly pack a powerful punch but to have an armour protection that proved no match for the Tiger I and Panther G, even at a distance. Among the losses of the tank destroyer battery was one of the few original veteran crews with no less than 19 confirmed kills to their credit.

Losses:

The Soviet’ taskforce lost 270 men and 14 tanks. The German’ taskforce lost about 550 men, 17 artillery, 3 pillboxes and 51 tanks.

The heavy tank battalion lost 3 tanks and 1 crew. The tank destroyer battery lost 2 tanks and 2 crews. The remainder of the medium tank platoon lost 1 tank. The supporting heavy tank battalion lost 4 tanks and 1 crew. And finally the supporting mine clearing tank platoons lost 4 tanks and 4 crew.

Claims:

The heavy tank battalion claimed 18 tanks and 3 pillboxes destroyed. The tank destroyer battery claimed 7 tanks and 1 anti-tank gun destroyed. The supporting heavy tank battalion claimed 24 tanks destroyed. The supporting mine clearing tank platoons claimed 1 tank destroyed. The infantry claimed 1 tank and 3 anti-tank guns destroyed. And finally the artillery as a whole was credited with 13 artillery positions destroyed after a closer inspection of the battlefield after the battle was over.

Battle result:

All three flaggroups were captured and severe losses inflicted on the German’ taskforce, but the battle only ended as a minor victory.

Replacing losses:

The destroyed IS-IIm tanks and SU-100 tank destroyers were completely replaced, as were the losses suffered by the infantry. At the same time the infantry companies got their anti-tank mines replaced with captured Panzerfaust anti-tank weapons.

It was also decided to replace the T-5c APC with a Kosmopolet, since the T-5c APC suffered a severe mechanical breakdown beyond repair after the battle.

Finally it was decided to re-transform the medium tank platoon into a tank destroyer platoon, equipped with SU-100 tank destroyers. This platoon was attached to the tank destroyer battery, thus transforming this unit into a reinforced tank destroyer battery.

New basic force:

Basic force:

-Soviet HQ + Kosmopolet (8 men)
-Heavy Tank Battalion (28 IS-IIm & 4 T-7 - 132 men)
-Reinforced Tank Destroyer Battery (16 SU-100 - 64 men)
-Heavy Artillery Regiment (4 122 mm & 4 152 mm - 288 men)
-Heavy Artillery Batteries (2 203 mm - 112 men)
-Anti-Aircraft Platoon (4 ZSU-M15 - 16 men)
-Anti-Tank Battery (6 57 mm L73 - 30 men)
-Infantry (8 infantry & 1 MG Companies, 8 snipers and 8 Bazooka - 1.152 men)

Battle Nine:

Germany, February 1945 - Meeting engagement

Support forces:

-Reduced Heavy Tank Company (9 IS-IIm - 36 men)
-Air Support (4 IL-2 Shturmovic - 8 men)
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