Friday, 19 May 2017

Stalingrad Picnic

Something i have meaning to play for a while is a Russian "Just got off the boat in Stalingrad" as the film Enemy at the Gates" led me to the inspiration of how would this work

so I setup a table and used force on force with the WWII download sheet , on the whole it was over in  about 4 turns as the casualties mounted , i decided both sides would stop fighting when they reached 33% casualties , Force on force proved to be quite entertaining as one side would fire and then the reaction system would ripple down the table but the main decisive threat were the large soviet squads compared to the smaller but better equipped german ones.

The forces involved
German
TQ d10 , supply normal , morale d8 , Normal Confidence
Hq 2 man smg
Squad 1  , 2 X 4 men + 2 men light mortar
Squad 2  , 2 X 4 men + 2 men light mortar
Squad 3  , 2 X 4 men + 2 men light mortar
Squad 4  , 2 HMG teams of 3 men
Soviet
TQ d8 , supply normal , morale d8 , Normal Confidence
Hq 2 man smg (no shooting past half range , +1 fire dice)
Squad 1  , 10 rifles ( only 5 fire dice , no effect on casualties until down to 1/2 strength)
Squad 2  , 10 rifles ( only 5 fire dice , no effect on casualties until down to 1/2 strength)
Squad 3  , 10 rifles ( only 5 fire dice , no effect on casualties until down to 1/2 strength)
Hq 2 man smg
Squad 1  , 8 smg (no shooting past half range , +1 fire dice)
Squad 2. , 8 smg (no shooting past half range , +1 fire dice)
Squad 3. , 8 smg (no shooting past half range , +1 fire dice)

Any rifle stand down to 1/2 strength may exchange itself for a sniper stand
Sniper team TQ d10 , supply normal , morale d8 ( this did not happen as there was not an opportunity that would make this worth while ) , the Russians managed to win the initiative every turn ( both sides were a d8 with the Russians starting the first turn with initiative

the starting positions


The Game

The total casualties on the German side was 33% , the Russians 40% at the end of turn 4 , so both sides consolidated their positions . The german centre squad would probably with draw next turn because of the risk of being surrounded , the bottom german flank is relatively secure but at the top it is about to be destroyed as both squads were at 50% casualties and faced with an almost untouched Russian smg squad and leader.