SHOW OF FORCE [AP94]

In March 1943 Army Group South’s operations led to the Third Battle of Kharkov. This scenario takes us to the town of  Graiworon some 40 km northwest of Kharkov during a German attack on 12 March 1943. The forces involved are elements of Soviet 305th Rifle Division and 3rd Tank Corps opposing the advance of armoured elements of the Großdeutschland Division. 

     

Oliver commanded the Germans and I had the task to come up with an defensive operational plan for my small Soviet force.

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The Advent of Gaming

Today a long-held dream came true for me. A group of seven ASL enthusiasts gathered in a near-by town only one hour’s drive from my home. Our host Oliver invited us to his home where he has established a wargaming room in a rededicated old  barn. Here we played ASL all day, talked shop about other CoSims, and in general had a good time. 

from left to right: Moritz, Sven, Matthias, Thomas, Michael, and Oliver

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OZEREKYA BREAKOUT TM-3

The Marine Brigade is somewhat short of its objectives. Over night an additional Naval Infantry Company and one depleted Machine Gun Company move from the landing site to reinforce the attack. The scene is TM-3 set in the morning of February 5 1943.

The Soviets call up 3rd Naval Rifle and 1st Machine Gun Campanies, prepare a 130mm Naval OBA preplanned fire mission, dedicate a 100mm Naval OBA, call in Combat Air Patrol and Close Air Support, increase their Sniper density, and dig some entrechments.

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OZEREKYA BREAKOUT TM-2

With fresh Naval Infantry Companies moving up from the landing site the Marine Brigade will now renew its attack towards GLEBOVKA. This brings us to TM-2 set in the afternoon of February 4 1943.

The Mission

Soviet 255th Marine Brigade is to clear the road along the Ozerekya Valley as far as the southern outskirts of GLEBOVKA as a prerequesite to the actual Assault of the town itself..

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OZEREKYA BREAKOUT TM-1

Having done all pre-game dispositions I can now start the Tactical Mission 1 proper. TM-1 is the starting scenario set on the late morning of February 4 1943. At dawn the Soviet Naval Forces have landed under enemy fire and have now advanced north and reached the town of ABRAU DYURSO in the south-west part of the map.

The Mission

Soviet 255th Marine Brigade is to advance and to take the wooded area north of ABRAU DYURSO as a prerequesite to further advance towards GLEBOVKA.

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OZEREKYA BREAKOUT – Soviet Dispositions

This is the first of 8 Tactical Missions to be fought over the excellent Ozerekya Breakout map sheet. The map shows the area south of the Black Sea town of GLEBOVKA towards the Soviet naval landing site in the western Caucasus. In game terms this area is 39 hexes deep and 33 hexes across or roughly some 2 square kilometres. The terrain is mostly a valley confined by hilly terrain on the western and eastern edge. Movement and LOS is restricted by ample woods and vineyards.

The time is February 4th 1943, 06:00 hours. The Soviet Naval Landing Forces have landed 1.427 men and 12 light tanks under heavy enemy fire. Now the Soviet 255th Marine Brigade is to move north along the Ozerikya valley and seize GLEBOVKA.

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