With the new release of the Grossdeutschland mod I decided to do the GC again. I've installed the 1.4 GD mod, the german music update and the RealRed diamond version. Ill try to keep the campaign updated but I cant promise ill be playing much in the hot summer
Operation 1: Barbarossa.
Day 1 and 2.
My first goal was to take the river wading in the north. The bridge in the south can be taken but most of the time with huge casualties. 2e Zug was on the north flank, and the 1e Zug on the south. The StuG and a SMG were hold back for a supporting role. The hard fight for the house near the wading ended in a truce after both sides ran out of ammo.
On the second day the Russians launched a counter attack. A defence perimeter was set up around the house. 1e Zug, now on the north flank inflected heavily damage since it was almost surrounded. The attack was repelled with the StuG in supporting role. At the moment the 2e Zug launched an attack over the southern hill the Russians fled the battle after sustaining too much casualties.
A Flak 2cm and a HMG covered the bridge while the rest of the kompanie took the northern hill. This is the only route on this map with some cover for armour. The large hill with the victory location was taken easily without costs. The StuG's went over the hill to attack the heavy and light armor deployed around the farm from the back. Taking down 1 AT gun on the move. Without armour it was a mater of time to roll up the remaining infantry almost suroundered between the river and farm.
Day 4 and 5.
Resting day. The 2cm Flak and a HMG took care of the hordes Russian infantry trying to take the northern hill. The StuG's took car of rushing light armour through the center.
While an 88 and a HMG are guarding the center hill. The rest of the force instantly rushed on the north flank over the hills. I saw the Russians did an attack along side the river (leaving the city open). That attack damaged the 88 but the HMG crew took on 4 or 5 Russian squads without own casualties. In the mean time my main force drove on towards the city. It was taken after a hard battle, destroying my 2e Zug in the progress. With nowhere to retreat the Russians fled the battle.
With 2e Zug lost, the 88 damaged and the 2cm Flak resting I started day 6 as resting day. 2 Days to capture this map but actually this gave me a highly dynamic force. It turned out the north flank was almost empty so I decided to attack. With a wide axis I aproached the city and took the first house of the city without problems. A counter attack from within the city was taken care off leaving me to take the rest of the city. The Russians fled the battle after they couldnt take back the city anymore.
The first operation was quiet a succes. I didnt sustained much damage. The only real damage was done on the 5th day were I lost the 2e Zug. I had a good balance between defence and offence. On the first 2 days the StuG's were used as support for the infantry. While on 3, 5 and 6 they were used in the offensive with the infantry as support.
As commander I got a EK1 and EK2. The HMG from 1e Zug had 83 kills and was honoured with a KC and a EK2. The StuG under command of Landwehr took down 4 armour, 2 guns and 66 infantry, the unit was rewarded with 3 EK2's. (Looks like he will be my new Panzer Ace