The Second Wave of the forces arrive on turn three onwards on the North table edge. All units may arrive each turn from the beginning of each subsequent turn until everything is on the table.
2. Initial defenders are from 140th Infantry brigade supported by 3rd AT battalion. The Russian player on the South must deploy at least 1000pts of his force on the table in the Russian half of the table. To represent "Igishev's fortress" on Height 238.1 a force consisting of up to 500pt in the frontline zone with 12" of the centre line of the table these may have 10" of trenches and an AT gun Dugout and a minefield in addition to any defences they may have purchased . All these troops must be purchased from the Russian Infantry list.
Further forces up to 500pts may be placed on the table from the Reserves but any tanks placed in this way must be considered dug in. The main force and there defences may be placed anywhere within the Russian player half of the table.
3. The defenders reserve consists of units from 19th Tank Corps is the other 100pts of the Russian force some of these may be deployed on the table (see above) must be choose from the Tank Corps list and 2d6 may enter from the Russian table edge (South) after turn 4.
4. The defender places 4 objectives anywhere in the Russian half of the table one should be placed on Teploye village.
5. Weather conditions Roll d6. On a roll of 1 there is a sudden thunder storm grounding all air cover . Treat all air cover counters as a 1.
6. Deploy Germans first wave within 12 " of table edge in German deployment zone.
7. German players take the first turn.
8. 2d6 deployed Russian units may have ambush fire orders.
9. Russian reserves arrive 2d6 units at a time from turn 4 advancing from the South table edge
10. German second wave all units arrive at German table edge at the beginning of turn 3.
A " Sturmgruppe " with the German Pioneer platoon a stretcher party and wire team and the only recce element an Sdkfz 222. The pioneers had flamethrowers and a Sdkfz251/16 flamethrower for trench and bunker clearance. It also had a Borgward unit attached (not shown in the photo)
The Russians plan was strong (as to be expected from Warwick and Russ using the strength of the Russians large numbers used to keep us off centre pinning us into a artillery killing zone created by Registered target points. Our intention to keep moving and use our flexibility. Ultimately although we had local successes (in Teploye) the Rusian dictated were the battle was fought and how. That's why they won.
Thanks to all the Battlegroup megagame players Warwick, Fuzz and Russ for a brilliant game. I ended up providing the entire German force including all the aircraft as well as about half the terrain including all the buildings and defences. It was nice to see (almost) all the toys on the table.... lets do it again soon!