|First action, trapped Russians attempting|
to break out of encirclement
Unfortunately we forgot the move OR fire rule for the first couple of turns, which led to the quick demise of the single blocking infantry company. Racing onwards, the Soviets brought the second blocking force into action and eliminated it before the pursuing column could intervene effectively. Although I lost one infantry unit, one other, together with the tanks, broke through and escaped. The chances of the fourth unit getting away remained problematical, but the victory conditions having been fulfilled, we counted it a Soviet victory.
|Scene of second action. The upside-down dice holders|
indicate location of the fords - Forest Ford and East Ford
|Early action as the Italians try to force a passage through|
The upshot was that the lead infantry company got shot up so badly, it ceased to function as an organised body of troops. The tanks ran the gauntlet into the town and out the other end, where they were ambushed by the anti-tank guns, which had, betimes, moved their position to a point south-east of the town, covering the exit. In the resulting duel, the tanks were reduced to a handful, but it cost the Russians their whole battery. Meanwhile, the flanking Italian column - one infantry company accompanied by a battery of infantry guns, had crossed the east ford, and swung right across the front of the Russian mortars. Though Italians were to take some incoming from the mortars, they were able to effect their escape, along with the surviving armour, and the remainder of the road column.
I ought to have totted up the losses in SP. The Russians lost their anti-tank guns, but the remaining units were still in action - or at least capable of it - at the end. But the Italians had made off to the south with five out of six units still under command.
|Final action: 'Fortified defence' - based loosely,|
Mr Thomas tells us, on Fontenoy.
|Nr 1 Coy reduced to about half strength already!|
The first wave was enough to wipe out the garrison of Zapadnyygorod, but no more, by which time the Russians were so weakened by losses, that this success could not be exploited. I elected to bring on the second wave, just as the last of the first wave evaporated away.
|Yep! That is just 1 sp remaining of the 15 Nr3 Coy|
|The second Russian wave goes in.|
But all the Russians had to do to win was to wipe out the town garrison, and send in a surviving infantry unit of their own and the battle was won. So it proved, though it was a near run thing. The Russians has won!
|The Italians might be in trouble - the infantry hurrying to the|
unoccupied town; the Italian armour facing formidable odds.
Personal news from the glazzy front: had eyes looked at and a battery of tests on Monday last. Booked in for cataract removal on Wednesday 17, a week and a half hence! I am very pleased that the wait will have been so short, even 'going private'.