A game played between me and Mark. He played the Germans (x2 under-strength infantry battalions), I the Russians, x2 of para x2 of naval infantry. A combined parachaute/river crossing assault - casualties were expected to be high...
The naval infantry ready to attack the village across the bridges and via boats. This was timed with the parachaute landings to create maximum problems for the defenders
German positions covering the collective farm area closest to the river
Rear of the collective farm area
1st battalion landing area, as Experienced the Russians would drop from a height of 18"
2nd Battalion landing area
Multiple Russian stands are eliminated outright, either landing in the river or missing the table completely
The naval infantry begin their attack
Some support, I think this is a Unimodel or Ace model
Both armoured cars are destroyed by antitank and small arms fire, seriously disrupting the assault on this flank
Eliminated Russians from the first few turns
The first of the, now organised, para attack the rear of the village in an attempt to meet up with the naval infantry
Para that missed the drop zones by a long, long way now begin to arrive in the rear of the German position. Figures are a mixture of Zvezda and Esci
German company moving rearward to eascape being cut off from their forces on the other side of the river. The para here couldn't really stop them as they were still Pinned from their poor landing positions and thus their fire was ineffectual
German positions on the left start to wobble a bit when they lose their machinegun platoon, and the close assault on the armoured car by engineers fails
A couple of German platoons forced to regroup
The Russians were taking heavy casualties but had the men to afford them, this is the support company from the 1st naval infantry battalion being forced from the fight
About turn 6. Still the German left holds on
More para arriving unscathed
Heavy fighting towards the rear of the village, German figures here are by Pegasus
The river assault on the Russian right is wiped out to a man
Russian para taking out German support troops around the collective farm buildings
Most of the German platoons were now cut off from any retreat option
Played 7 out of 8 turns, a really good game.