AAR – J103 Lenin’s Sons : Turn 4

German Turn 4

With time pressing it’s finally time for the Germans to make a more aggressive move and force the Russian hand a little. First the outer Russian defences are probed in the woods with the HS ending broken in M8. Then the HS in the south makes a dash for the abandoned Russian MMG.

In the south, seeing a chance to move and realising they may miss out on the action the leader of the firebase take 2 of his squads and rushes towards the enemy. In the main woods the Germans begin to close on the Russians who surely now must stand and fight. Trying to push troops through the centre and drive a wedge between the northern and southern Russian forces the Germans move into the brush only to be ambushed by hidden Russians in M5!

Sheltered by the treet the troops go to ground and as the HMG fire stops they realise they have taken no casualties! Although the advance into the brush has stalled the remaining troops close in and try to loop round the northern flank of the Russians. However as the troops in N5 prepare to take on the newly revealed target the HMG barks out again and both squads scatter in panic!

Advancing fire from the only adjacent squad has no effect. Meanwhile, in the woods the newly revealed troops in L7, incensed by the incoming fire, go Berserk!

The broken troops pull back to P7 to await a leader to bring them to order while seeing their first real targets, and not wishing to endure a HMG at so close arrange, the engineer squad moves into Close Combat, the leader in M7 leads his troops against the Berserk Russians and the suspected Russians in L8 are shown to be phantoms!

The close combats are short and very bloody. The berserk troops are cut down and eliminated before they can attack the hated enemy. While the engineers, although greater in numbers, are wary facing the HMG crew, leader and hero. But the Russains seem scared to close (rolled a 12) and the engineers, although only inflicting minimal casualties (CR) are please to see all fall before them! (Random Selection. Three 1s!).

Things begin to look bad for the Russians as Fate has dealt them a terrible blow!

End of German Turn 4

Russian Turn 4

The broken German troops seem reluctant to rally but others search out and take over the abandoned Russian MMG and HMG.

Once again, in the woods, the Russians pull back to make a final stand and defend the village. Some get caught running through the orchards and break under fire.

End of Russian Turn 4.

AAR – J103 Lenin’s Sons : Turn 3

German Turn 3

As Turn 3 commenced the Germans again fail to repair their MMG although the scouting HS in the north returns to the fray. The broken Russian squad, running back to the safety of the buildings are rallied by the ministrations of the commisar.

The firebase in the building decide to hold fire until a target appears and so opt for Opportunity Fire. The advance then continues as the recovered HS charges down the woodland path straight into the hidden Russians in M8 only to be pinned in the N7 brush as the wood line erupts with fire.

In an attempt to pressure the troops on the hedge line a squads breaks from the woods on the southern edge and charges towards the enemy. As they reach the edge of the small woods they are subjected to sudden and deadly mortar fire from directly ahead and half of them succumb to a Critical Hit whilethe remainder, exhausted hit the ground behind the woods.

In the north the main advance then continues. As the first troops approach the MLR in the north they face heavy fire and break under the pressure [Above]. As the remaining troops followed up behind the Advancing Fire they poured in was ineffective and before they could close on N9 for some Close Combat the Russians fled in disarray! Attempts to supress the mortar failed miserably.

The Germans then advance to face the Russian line and try and draw them into combat. In the building the firebase moves together with a clear line of site to the open spaces between the woods and the building to try and interdict any Russians fleeing back from the woods.

End of German Turn 3

Russian Turn 3

At last the right spanner was found and the MMG was repaired! The broken troops in the north obviously need more encouragement and refuse to return to action.

Yet again the Russians pull back, denying the Germans attempt to come to grips. With no real target the Defensive is ineffectual and minimal.

End of Russian Turn 3.

AAR – J103 Lenin’s Sons : Russian Turn 2

Yet again the Russians fell back, although too rapidly in one case losing dummies moving in LOS. The firebase, despite having failed to find the right spanner for the MMG, managed to rattle the Russians im M3 revealing a MMG. Seeing this, Germans on the edge of the woods opened up on this new target, breaking them.

End of Russian Turn 2.

AAR – J103 Lenin’s Sons : German Turn 2

With the Russians choosing not to stand and fight the only option is to push on. I’d read a comment somewhere about the Germans needing to make 3 hexes a turn to leave them time for the assault on the village. If the retreat continued at this pace I should be able to keep on schedule.

After breaking the MMG trying to rake the hedge line the advance continued in the woods with the HS scouts probing the concealed Russians. Finding nothing real in Q6 but running into an ambush in the north, breaking and falling back in dissaray.

The advance continued and feeling confident that the southern woods were lightly held the scouting HS advanced too far, falling prey to elite Russians and dying amongst the trees.

End of German Turn 2

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