In the mood for getting some kind of game on the table, I flipped, well, scrolled, through, my copy of One Hour Wargames and realized I could treat scenario 8: Melee as a suitable substitute for Grossdeutschland's attack on Cherkasskoye in July, 1943.
Regular readers may recall that I fought this battle as part of a campaign last year.
|Panzer and Tiger units from GD advance in front of PzGrenadiers.|
|Elements of Soviet 199th Guard Rifle Regiment protect the hill, while others advance to meet the fascist invaders.|
|GD Panzer IVs were completely destroyed but GD recon unit and additional PzGrenadiers arrive to press the attack.|
|Two AT batteries of the 67th Guards Rifle Division reinforce what remains of the 199th.|
|Assault lead by Pz Grenadiers supported by recon and Tigers (off camera)|
|The Soviet left flank collapses under the weight of GD's advance.|
|Recon foolishly leads the charge to eliminate the last of the defenders.|
|The Soviets lose Cherkasskoye at great cost, while GD losses are minimal.|
I used improvised rules based on my Division Squares: Simple WW2 Combat on a Square Grid but converted to grid-less. The biggest changes, besides using a ruler, were that I left out leaders and artillery.
Obviously some of the specifics of the scenario didn't match my original from last year - which I tried to base on research - the Soviets weren't dug in, there was no artillery barrage, and there was no village, but honestly, it was close enough and just as enjoyable.