I rolled and got Scenario D "Exploitation" which is a perfect Blitzkreig scenario for 1941.
Christianson called Kehl over to his halftrack. " My friend, the attack is going perfectly. We have a hole to exploit and we are going to push down a road 6 kilometers to a warehouse that intelegence thinks is being used as a higher HQ. Regiment has formed a Kampfgruppe under Untersturmfuhrer Deitz to take it before they move. Your platoon will be the infantry for this group. You move out now! Good luck to you.
Oberscharfuhrer Kehl Generous/ wealth Gr III
Scharfuhrer Bauman Pleaseant/knowledge 1st sq Gr III
Schar Kurtzon Zealot/wealth 2nd sq Gr II
Schar Vaughn Cautious/wealth 3rd sq Gr II command confusion
2nd sq -1 morale
3 halftrack all squads grenaders so they have 2 LMGS
2 Pz III Fs 1 PSW 232
Looking towards the german entry point
Warehouse is bottom center
Germans entered in Column with the AC in front followed by the tanks and then the infantry. After the AC crossed the bridge Ivan opened with some ATRs and knocked it out. Deitz laid down covering fire and ordered Kehl to advance and take out the AT rifles and advance on the warhouse.
The ATRs were quickly silenced and the halftracked drove up to the warehouse.
3rd squad center with part of 1st on right.
Kehl with pistol
Russian AC moving around the corner came as a shock!
The russian AC was forced to withdraw by weight of MG fire as the germans attempted to duel the communists in the warehouse. Without cover 3rd squad was exposed so it was a losing proposition. Kehl ordered 3rd sq into the warehouse with 1st sq to follow.
The SS gain a foothold. Vaughn on left, Kehl in center
Dead russian Sgt (Gr II) next to Kehl
The SS gained a foothold but at great cost losing 4 of their squad. The warehouse was crowded with boxes but they could tell there were many russians inside.
1st SQ joins the battle!
An epic battle for the warehouse ensued. The SS continued to "win" their melees but lost men everytime.
3rd sq down to 4 effectives (left)and morale shot as the russians charge yet again
1st sq down to 6 effectives and Scharfuhrer Bauman WIA and down in the center
Oberscharfuhrer Kehl had to admit that elan would not overcome numbers and stubborn russian defense this day. He pulled his remnents back from the factory across the stream to the panzers too await reinforcements.
3rd sq had 2 men left out of 10. 1st squad had 5 men out of 10 and lost Bauman. 2nd squad had 8 left.
Post game Bauman is Invalided home. Rottman Weiss is a hero of the 1st squad from a previous battle. He was promoted to Scharfuhrer and will be the new squad leader for 1st squad. 2nd squad recovered their morale by taking out the ATRs and a MMG and they now have normal morale. Their squad leader also meets Oberscharfuhrer Zimit the company Sgt Major. They hit it off well as they are both from Frankfurt and know the same people.
This was a great game to play! Epic fighting in buildings is always fun. The germans won constantly but lost men and the russians passed all their morale checks. A true stubborn defense!
Platoon Forward can be used quite well to simulate the blitzkreig with this scenario.
For those of you that want to try it the system generated this for the russians
3 ATRs/ 1 MMG (may set up dug in) 1 squad 1 gr III leader with brilliant leader card
1 gr II leader
Reinforcements 1 Armored car 1 tank 1 squad with gr I leader 1 half squad armed with SMGs