Hasty Attack (Defending)
Game 3 of Day 1 from NATCON up against Daniel Shepards Soviet IS2 Tankovy Company which consisted of 10 x IS2's, a massive pile of artillery and a big platoon of infantry and not much else. 3 games and not a single aeroplane in sight... but IS2 are nasty enough.
|The terrain set up - one objective in the trees bottom left, the other (the one we fought over) is bottom right. The rocks in front are impassable to tanks coming from the top of the picture.|
|Lovely paint job on these|
IS2’s advanced in a big group down the right flank and around a narrow gap by some impassable terrain. Actually a big mistake on my opponent’s part as it meant only 3 of his tanks were in a position to fire on my troops. Soviet artillery fire killed a few FJ while the Tigers manoeuvred to better firing positions against the IS2’s.
|Achtung der Panzer kommt!!!!|
|The first Soviet assault fails costing them 3 IS2's and me 4 FJ teams|
As the IS2’s advance around my flank an FJ Sniper keeps the rushing infantry pinned down and out of the battle, slowly whittling them down in the process. The IS2’s assault the dug in FJ and fail badly. Despite only having 2 Panzerfaust equipped teams 3 Soviet assaults fail and the first IS2 platoon is destroyed. The remaining Tiger knocks out a couple more IS2’s before it is destroyed in return.
|More Soviet assaults go in and more IS2's get blown up.|
Things get confusing here. The Sniper is killed and the Soviet infantry advances toward the SE objective. Nebelwerfers and the FJ shoot up the Soviet infantry reducing it to half strength. Meanwhile the StuGs have arrived from reserve and have rushed forward to combat the IS2’s getting through a couple of Soviet artillery barrages in the process.As the StuGs and IS2’s manoeuvre to get better firing positions on each-other the IS2’s come too close to the FJ CIC whose Panzerfaust takes out a couple more of them including the Soviet CIC.
|The FJ hold on as long as they can but the pressure is too much. After repelling multiple assaults from the Soviet tanks and 1 from their infantry they are finally forced to withdraw only the CIC and 2IC left.|
The Soviet infantry is wiped out by Rifle/MG fire from the FJ after fleeing a failed assault. The single remaining IS2 backs itself into a corner even after destroying a StuG. The remaining 3 StuGs flank it and then destroy and the Soviet forces with only their artillery left flee the battlefield.
|Final act of the game the StuGs surround the sole surviving IS2 and eventually finish it off|
Final Result 5-1