Operation Blitzkrieg / Map 1 / Day 1:
This first map was piece of cake. Russian forces were too weak to stop me. I`ve decided to make a brekthrough on the south, capture the hill behind the bridge and then move to the north, clearing the terrain.
Since the bridge was mined, I covered it with mortar fire and so activated explosive. Although it was heavily damaged, I could still use it to cross the river.
Only danger was possible AT gun, so I`ve kept my command PzIII in safe untill I`ve realized they have only inf. gun. Anyway smoke screen has been put to prevent eventual hit in the tracks.
It turned out that SG_HerojSloba`s main defending line was exactly on my way. His Maxim HMG and command team stopped my two sturmgrenadier squads, inflicting casulties, but then the third team and PzIII, supported by mortar barrage, overrided them. In that moment Russians decided to flee, probably saving that inf. gun for next day.
Operation Blitzkrieg / Map 2 / Day 2:
While on previous day my right wing was leading a breakthrough, now it will be a left one`s task. Although my High command didn`t give me nearly as much RP as requested, I`ve managed to take one light Pz35t tank, another 5 cm mortar team and large recon squad equipped with MP40s.
Unfortunately, this is where we experienced problems with screen grabber so I have to excuse for lack of good screenshots. We`ll fix it later... let`s say - my war photographer was killed and now I`m waiting for a new one. So I`ll have to describe the situation...
My main formation was advancing carefully on the north, and after a while it reached a hill crest, capturing VL without encountering any Soviet resistance. On the south, panzerbusche team took the stone bridge, but after a few sniper shots coming from near house, boys were ordered to stop. So I had silence on the north, only sniper on the south. Obviously the core of bolshevists defence was placed in the back. Now I ordered two infantry teams (recon and rifle) to run fast through the forest to the north-east corner, supposing the Russians are on the hill in front of me. Another two large inf. teams ran simultaneously to large house between two north hills and central grass covered hill. Command PzIII as weapon of final strike, stayed behind. As expected, all this movements provoke Soviets and they started to shoot from the stream and from the top of north-east hill. My teams that were sent to go through north forest almost reached their goal, I even thought that enemy left this route undefended, when they were suddenly attacked by SMG team (scouts probably) ambushing in the very corner! It all became clear to me: again, SG_HerojSloba knew exactly where I will strike, and he waited me there, while his left wing was weak, just like mine. Ok. Russian SMGs would probably stop my attack, but recon squad with MP40s prevailed. After few mortar shells fired on them, SMGs started to panick, and soon all were eliminated. Enemy`s right flank was exposed now, and that was a chance I was looking for. While mortars and other infantry were pinning the Soviets down, I ran up to the hill and saw an AT gun, serious one for sure: ZIS-3! But it was in danger and had to shoot on my infantry. Now it was panzer time! My tank jumped forward and killed confused Russian gun crew with several rounds, continuing to drive forward. Russian rifle team in the stream ran away, their commanders near destroyed AT gun too. SG_HerojSloba had no other choice but to flee once again. Victory!
Operation Blitzkrieg / Map 3 / Day 3:
So far everything was running so smoothly that I started to be a little suspicious. I knew Russians were surprised by fierce German offensive, I`ve heard they are disorganized, but... resistance was just too weak on my front. Maybe they are trying to save their forces for counterattack? I had no idea. After all, that was their problem, not mine. I had whole 3 days to conquere the last map, task that looked almost impossible to fail.
Again I`ve received fewer RP than asked. I`ve upgraded Pz35 to Pz38, took three more big but cheap infantry rifle teams and that was all I could do. Since the railroad were splitting terrain in two sectors, I decided to invade south one this first day, and leave the town in bolshevists hands for a while. I was thinking - when I capture whole south flank, I`ll have much more possible attack routes for entering the town. So I deployed my main force behind the south-west hill: PzIII, two mortars and 6 inf. teams. Second group, consisting of one recon squad and Pz38t, was placed in large forest on the north. Its task was only to capture one, maybe two VLs just in front of them and to stay out of trouble.
When the battle began, I`ve ordered all my units on the south to run forward, I didn`t want to waste any time. But! When the first soldier climbed up, what he saw there was really a surprise... KV-1`39 heavy tank in full speed was going right at me. Meeting engagement! I had nothing else to do but to storm it with everything I had. My men were throwing molotovs and grenades, while KV`s machine guns were cutting them down. Command PzIII had nowhere to hide, so it opened fire too. KV received 4 hits from distance of about 80-100 meters, but nothing. Then its turret turned slowly, and... panzer was blown away with first round. Damn! But the worst had still to come... as my command tank was destroyed, horde of infantry that were running and jumping and screaming all around that huge Soviet tank, trying to stop him, started to panic. Disaster!! 2 teams KIA, 3 surrendered, only one managed to avoid such sad destiny. They ran forward and hide in the forested area east from the hill. Half of the men were lost, the rest were shaken but still under some control, so I ordered them to sneak and try to capture VL in the south-east corner. Meanwhile KV, which wasn`t even scratched, took my starting south VL, then crossed the railroad and headed north, where my second group took both planned VLs but were stopped by (repaired) ZIS-3 AT gun and some SMG squad. I tried to avoid KV and moved infantry and Pz38t back in the deep forest, but it was too late... soon panzer was killed, as well as half of my scouts.
Now SG_HerojSloba knew he could take whole map and push me back, so first he moved that damn KV to the south-east corner where the sad remain of my main formation took VL. Tank hadn`t shoot even a single MG bullet on them... they threw away their weapons in the moment they saw it. Bloody cowards!
Meanwhile Russian SMGs on the north took all VLs in sector. Situation became critical for me... only unit I had was 2 or 3 soldiers remained in north forest. I ordereded them to run and capture my starting VL, before KV returns, and they did it somehow. Luckily for me, just 30 secs after that, battle time ran out and I stayed on the map. But my loses were terrible... I`ve never had so much surrendered men in one battle I think.
Operation Blitzkrieg / Map 3 / Day 4:
Still shocked after yesterdays dissaster and little confused by strenght and firepower of that strange Russian heavy tank (why High command didn`t tell me that enemy posses such deadly weapon?!), I`ve took two AT guns: 5 cm Pak and Flak 88. Yes, it was like I`m the one who had to defend, not him, but I really had no idea how to deal with KV but to try to pull him somehow on the open and then hit by AT guns. Besides, I was in constant danger of Russian counter-attack, that`s why I had to be carreful. I hadn`t enough RP to buy Stug or PzIV, only armor I had was repaired light Pz38t. But SG_HerojSloba is a smart guy. He parked his tank in the centre of the village, so I couldn`t reach it by AT guns. Anyway, this 4th day I`ve took few VLs around the village and then was stopped by fierce Russian small arms fire, mostly from Maxim HMGs and Spagins SMGs. One sturmgrenadier squad sneaked to bolshevists tank and attacked it with molotovs, but with no effect. Ok, let the last day bring us the decision.
Operation Blitzkrieg / Map 3 / Day 5:
Bad news. Now I`ve received decent amount of RP, but Stug, PzIV, even PzIII were depleted. Now what? I knew enemy will place his almighty KV in the village again, well hidden from my Flak 88 and protected with infantry. So far I have lost too many sturmgrenadiers trying to knock out that tank. Only chance I saw was to take Flammenpanzer II and to try to burn it. This last battle was really tough one, I`m SO SORRY I couldn`t make screenshots. Both sides suffered heavy casulties. I`ve managed to destroy ZIS-3 AT gun and to immobilize KV-1 with concentrated attacks of Flammenpanzer, Pz38t and two infantry teams, but they were all killed afterwards. In the last minute the rest of my infantry captured the last Russian VL just in front of KV, and battle time ran out. For a sec I thought it must be victory for me since I had all VLs, but computer calculation denied it - as you can see, I had too many casulties (especially surrendered soldiers) in whole Blitzkrieg operation, so SG_HerojSloba won minor victory.
If I "only" destroyed that KV-1... but one day I`ll hunt him, and then its crew will be sorry for they were ever born, I promise that!