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Friday, July 20, 2018

Two Games of What A Tanker back in May

Back in May I ran two games at the club of Hat A Tanker with two members of the club. I developed the situation based on a Russian assault on the Germans who were trying to hold there side of the board. The game was set on the Planes of Russia so there was lots of open terrain.

Planned map for the game

The game board
 Game 1: The forces were pretty straight forward since it was a learning game. The Soviets had two T-34/76 against one German Panzer IV H.  The German set up his lone tank on a hill on his side of the board. The Soviets had to move in open terrain to get closer to the German tank.


Panzer IV waiting to engage the Soviets

The first Soviet T-34, commanded by me, advanced fast and got within firing range.

Getting closer

Time to fire!
I was able to keep the Panzer busy while the other T-34 maneuvered to get into a good position to attack the German position. Needless to say I did not last long against the Panzer IV. I did score some hits on the German but the PZ IV was able to destroy my tank.

 The other Soviet T-34 moved in close and was scoring hits on the Panzer but it was not enough so he decided to get even closer and ended up ramming the German tank.  After that the two tanks maneuvered off the hill and eventually the German was able to score a killing shot on the last T-34.
Moving to contact

I hope my insurance will cover this accident...

End Game!
Game 2: The terrain was the same but the forces were different this time.

The Soviet player took a T-34/85 and a Lend Lease M3 Lee to attack with. The German player had the same Panzer IV H but added some serious firepower with the addition of a Nashorn Tank Destroyer.

Is that an American tank....

Moving fast!
 The German dice were not very good to them and the Nashorn did not score any hits on the advancing M3 Lee.  On the other hand the Panzer IV was able to destroy the T-34/85 that was again pressing hard to get close to the German defencive line
Big guns out for a hunt.

Panzer IV scores another kill.
 Eventually the Lee was able to get close to the Nashorn and scored a killing shot that motivated the commander of the Panzer IV to retreat from the board. The kill score was on Soviet T-34/85 to one German Nashorn tank destroyer. At the end of the battle the Soviets not controlled the battlefield.
David vs Goliath


I hope you enjoyed this AAR. I hope to have more updates in the coming weeks as I am getting back into painting and hopefully I can get in a game or two at the club. We shall see.