|Church in the distance is the Axis objective
|A view from the Russian side
|Another view from the Russian end
The church as a recent purchase from Colours and is an MDF laser-cut model from Charlie Foxtrot. Its not quite finished but I could nt resit using it anyway. In a future blog I'll do a full review of the model.
The patrol phase ended with the Russians holding the church and most of the right side of the table. the Axis were restricted more tov their base-edge, but critically had secured a jump-off point in some woods on the right side fairly close to the church.
The game began with both sides deploying their armour and countering the enemies with their own AT guns. The Germans has an armoured platoon for a Panzer IV, a STUG, and a Hetzer. Facing up against that was a KV-1. First into action was the German Pak43 which damage the KV-1's engine. Although immobilised the Russian brute was proving impossible to destroy.
|KV-1 in their sights
|Hetzer lurking in the hedges
|Damaged but still fighting - the mighty KV-1
|Russian AT guns with infantry support
|Germans take some hits
|The Panzers brew-up
|Germans deploy in force
|The jump-off point that would soon fall to the Germans
So with a base of fire firmly established in the woods the Germans were able to rake the church with fire and advance steadily on their objective.
|The KV-1 still pounding away
|Russians deploy around the church
|Russians in the church
The game ended with the Russians conceding the church to the victories Germans. The KV-1 remained in action but was unable to move to counter the advancing German infantry. This was one of the closest games we've fought with both sides ending very close to having a platoon broken.