From STAVKA to 17th Heavy Tank Regiment
Good news comrades, the Nazi's are broken and retreating. We are now in German territory and the war is close to its end. All you have to do is advance into the next village and secure it for follow on units to move through and continue the advance. Resistance is expected to be negligible. Za Stalina - onwards to victory!
9/9/21 With most of 'the chaps' away on holiday or attending other clubs (the traitors will be purged) gamers are short on the ground. As such the plan was for Comrade Commissar Dave to lead his men Comrade Fred and Comrade Greg against an umpire controlled enemy. Sadly as the game grew closer work demands claimed both Greg and then Fred. Comrade Cadet Barney was hastily recruited in their place. There is no manpower shortage in the Red Army!
Initial reconnaissance saw no Germans on the table. Both T34/85 advanced cautiously along the north of the battlefield, reinforcements were promised - eventually.
Midway up the table Dave managed to spot the first German blind, surely it would just be a group of villagers out for a picnic? Nope it was a Stug lurking for the unwary
Both T34/85 turned to engage and a slugging match ensued. Plenty of hits were achieved but the shells just didn't want to go through the armour. Fortunately the German armourers seemed to have gone to the same supplier.
With the battle in danger of stalling Comrade Commissar Dave led the way by advancing into the attack. The Stug was forced back. Dave advanced again with victory in his sights. Wait a minute whats that on the flank?
The T34/85 was a superb combat vehicle, well armed and armoured with excellent cross country mobility, it was arguably the tank which secured victory for the Soviet army. However parking one with its flank towards a King Tiger was only going to end one way. Scratch one T34/85.
Continuing his advance up the table Dave managed to draw a bead on the final German blind, The mobile field kitchen decided discretion was the batter part of valour and ran away. With only one German tank against two mighty T34/85's surely the game was in the bag for the Russians. Shame its a King Tiger though. Both Russian vehicles start playing 'drive behind the German' in an attempt to get in a rear shot. The King Tiger refused to co-operate and got a flank shot on the Comrade Cadet. Another dead T34/85 and the centre of the table starts to look like a scrap yard of dead armoured vehicles.
With only two burning T34/85 on the table losses are deemed to be acceptable in exchange for both a Stug and King Tiger. Victory to the forces of the Rodina!