Saturday, July 9, 2016

Results of two Panzer Battle scenarios

Finished Pegasus Bridge and the opening tutorial for Panzer Battles Kursk last weekend.

the Pegasus Bridge is the third tutorial in the Panzer Battles Normandy game and the the scenario for Panzer Battles Kursk was Klyuchi.

Pegasus Bridge, North of Caen: June 6th, 1944. (Scenario Size: Brigade. Allied Human vs Axis AI)  In the early morning hours of the 6th of June, the paratroopers and glider men of the 6th British Airborne Division were landed on the far left end of the Normandy Beachhead. Their mission was to protect the flank of the British 3rd Infantry Division scheduled to land just west of the Orne Estuary. The action began with the glider coup-de-grace by Major John Howards D Company of the 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Their task was to secure the bridges across the Orne River and Canal and hold until relieved. Over the next 2 hours all of Brigadier Nigel Poett's 5th Parachute Brigade would land to build this easternmost bridgehead before the local German forces counterattacked.

Klyuchi, West of Prokhorovka: July 11th, 1943. (Scenario Size: Battalion. German Human vs Soviet AI) SS-Sturmbannf├╝hrer Karl Ullrich's III Battalion, Regiment Totenkopf held the leftmost positions in the Psel bridgehead. With the river only 500 metres behind them, there was only one way - forward. Major Petr Grigorievich Moskovskiy's opposing 153rd Guards Rifle Regiment was weakened after a week of heavy fighting but continued to launch attacks against the tired SS panzer grenadiers. North West of Klyuchi an old army barracks had served as the focal point for these Soviet assaults. Totenkopf's commanders had decided to break out of the Psel bridgehead either today or tomorrow dependant on the Panzergruppe crossing the river. With this in mind, it was decided to clear the Russian Guardsmen out of the barracks as soon as possible and anchor the left flank of the Division here. You have been given a few hours to capture and clear the barracks - macht schnell!!

I won each scenario and below are the final mapboard screenshots. In Pegaus Bridge you can see that the British Paratroopers captured each objective but were about to face some serious German Counter Attacks on the other side of the Orne (screenshot 1).

In the Kursk scenario I took the 50 point bunker even though I was facing overwhelming odds against that hex. Luckily it ended with me winning before the Soviets mounted counter attacks.

Look for more recaps in the coming weeks. Up next some sample OCS combat.