Eastern Front 1485 pts.
Soviet Motostrelkovy Guards (Dule) vs.
Romanian Vanatori Motorizata Elite (Pedja)
Mission: Cauldron (Mobile battle)
Mission Special rules: Immediate Ambush, Prepared positions, Reserves, Delayed Reserves and Random Deployment
Friendly game at Zmaj club.
Pedja is a very experienced player and he had 10 platoons and an airplane! I had only 6 platoons and I was the attacker. I did not play often with motostrelkovy but somehow I thought that my list had potential. I had a large platoon of infantry and a very good platoon with four KV tanks. The remaining four platoons were mediocre, but in the game you never know. I have decided, for the first time, to take a platoon of 6 medium mortars with an observer for 110 pts. That was something new for me but I wanted to have something against enemy PaKs that are so often deadly for my armour. I did not take any AA and I felt sorry for that the same moment I saw that Romanians had limited Stuka support. Romanians had five platoons on the table and five in delayed reserves and I deployed two motostrelkovy platoons and a mortar platoon and left three mobile platoons in reserves. Pedja rolled the dice for his platoon ratings and, as far I can remember, rolling was mediocre, so the platoons were typically reluctant/veterans. They knew how to fight but did not have will to do so.
Romanians had the first move and they have decided to move, and then shoot and assault my small motostrelkovy platoon that was hiding in the woods! That was a surprise for me since I was expecting them to wait in their trenches for me to attack. Previously, PzIII tanks easily pinned down my motostrelkovy and then Romanian infantry assaulted. In the war nothing goes as expected, so motostrelkovy managed to survive, counterattack and destroy many Romanian teams so that they had to test platoon moral and fled. I have unexpectedly killed one platoon. But there were 9 left and I still did not earn the point.
I moved as far as possible to remain in the woods but to be close to objective.
Meanwhile, I received some reserves. They came automatically since I could not roll five ups. So, I had three platoons on the table. The road to the objective was pretty clear and my tanks were going straight for it.
I have decided to shoot at PzIIIs with everything and destroyed them and another infantry platoon. There was no-one left to deny the objective!