Great 1st Turn on October 24.
The highlights reel. PzIIIL doing an overrun down the K hexrow (K29-K30) of Martin Electro-Furnace and held a RUssian squad there in Melee; German squads then shot out the Russian during DFPh of Russian Turn 1. OBA 81mm smoke landed accurately at O29 to screen out the attack on the south side. Ordnance smoke screened out the attack from view on the east vicinity of R20. Rocket OBA passed the two card draw test and drifted one hex to O25, where it destroyed two Russian squads, panicked and routed a bunch more, set flames in multiple locations on the long P21 factory, rubbled hex R25 in the next factory, and eliminated Russian antipersonnel mines in P25 and P24. In Close Combat German Turn 1 Germans took prisoners via Ambush in L27. In Russian Turn1 German defensive fire (DFPh) a Russian kill stack of three squads, 9-2, ATR, and flamethrower was badly shot up in T18, leaving one Berserk Russian suad there. An MMG rate tear also caused a Russian squad to Berserk in V15 and he is going to have to charge an MG kill stack in S16. P does not know that there is a hidden 75mm Inf gun right next to the MG stack so that Berserk squad is basically toast.In Y3 German Prep fire Turn 1 and German DFPh Russian Turn 1 a lowly 1-2-7 crew went on TWO rate-tears with a 50mm mortar, destroying two squads (one at a time as P set up on there and later moved one in) in Y14 wooden Rubble. A KV1 came out of the shadows and is lurking in V20 as though he plans to provide fire support there. During Russian Turn 1 CCPh (close combat phase) a Russian 4-4-7 ambushed three German squads (an 8-3-8 and 2x 4-6-7) with a 9-2 leader in N27 shellholes, but P tried to get a twofer (the two 4-4-7s) and muffed the DR. The Germans won the CC and eliminated the squad, rolled snake eyes in the process, and Leader Created an 8-1 leader. (That is two days in a row that the Germans have sprouted an 8-1 from the ranks). P also did CC from Q22 into P21 but was ambushed and lost the CC.
Fourteen Stone Locations seized so far: M25L1, L26-L27, M27, K28-K30, P20-P22, S17-S19, R18-R19.
Casualties: 23CVP dead Russians, (11.5 squads), no German casualties.
P has two Berserk Russian squads that are basically going to be hammered flat when they charge during Russian Turn 2.
Two lessons for ASL players especially if you're doing a historical module where you have lots of purchase choices to make.
1. Combined arms, combined arms, combined arms. Artillery, mortars, and (only two) tanks (and light ones at that... a PzIIIL and a StuGIIIB) have busted holes all over P's initial defense, and German losses have been correspondingly light.The combination of German ordnance and tanks, followed up by high power infantry shots as the infantry have closed up behind the tanks or around the ordnance, has been pretty brutal against the Russians.
I have Stukas in the OOB too but they have not yet arrived, Germans should buy Stukas any Clear Day.
2. Get lucky with the dice.
Map on Monday.