So when JT asked me what we were going to play next, we had options. Normally we are attack and defend, but I felt like something different this time. A fictitious encounter game set on the Eastern Front late summer 1944.
Several objectives, the stone Bridge over the river (which was also fordable to tracked vehicles), the village, the station, the factory and the ridge.
JT elected to enter the table at the far end behind the ridge, leaving DS and.myself to come across the river, a good job my fresh to action Soviet bridging unit was up for the task.
What ensued was a lot of poor dice rolling by the Soviets, and we started to lose some lumbering beasts. A German para drop of the station objective took us by surprise but we were not phased.
The T-34/85s were slowly worn down fighting in and around the village, but the IS2s were stoic in the advance and luckily, very resilient.
Infantry support flooded over the Pontoon Bridge to deny the German right flank advance, and over the stone bridge to assault the station, now occupied by Fallschirmjaeger.
In a battle of attrition, the Soviet armour prevailed, with all the German tanks eliminated, the station cleared, and no armour left on their right flank, the remaining German forces laid smoke and withdrew to their next line of defence.
A great game, with thanks to JT and DS