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  • #158868
    Mark Luther
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    I try to run a Kursk IABSM game every July and this year was no exception. This one was going to be an all armor one based on the action of Kampfgruppe Stachwitz on the southern front of Operation Citadel on July 10, 1943.

    Pz Div Grossdeutschland was working its way north towards Oboyan but had to dispatch a strong unit of panzers(KG Stachwitz) to the SW to deal with units holding up the 3rd Pz Div.

    William would command the panzers, while Simeon, Jon and I took the Soviets of the 22nd Tank Brigade, 6th Tank Corps.

    The Russian tank hordes are coming in from the near, SE corner while KG Stachwitz begins from the opposite NW edge.

    The Russians had 3 companies of 10 T34s each and a bttn CO vehicle.

    KG Stachwitz had a unit of 4 Panther Ds(subject to the breakdown card), 10 PzIVG/Hs and some off board Tiger Is. The Tigers could cover the left flank and would roll a D4 to see how many could fire at 18″ plus range.

    Russian crews had 2 activations (3 for the company COs) while the Germans had 4 activations. So it was Soviet numbers and speed vs German training and firepower.
    Link to flickr AAR: https://www.flickr.com/photos/6mmgaming/albums/72157719521891293/with/51303147081/
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51302399797_8a059b25d8_z.jpg%5B/url%5DLots of hits by Mark Luther[/url], on Flickr

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51302399592_f3c68d960f_z.jpg%5B/url%5DOur center is smoking by Mark Luther[/url], on Flickr
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51303865789_4cf9ec6bb4_z.jpg%5B/url%5DT34s appear through the trees by Mark Luther[/url], on Flickr

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51303144871_6d2a8b90fc_z.jpg%5B/url%5DMore intermixing by Mark Luther[/url], on Flickr

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51303864524_24572faf86_z.jpg%5B/url%5DQuite the tank bash by Mark Luther[/url], on Flickr
    Mark

    #158872
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    Great looking game Mark!

    #159048
    Bokaso Bokas
    Participant

    It’s a very nice pitch and a good game.

    Well, congratulations

    And we can tell you how many tanks you used in the game.

     

    #159049
    Mark Luther
    Participant

    4 Panthers, 10 PzIVs  Soviets had 30 T34s.

    In addition some Tigers were off table and could up to 4 rounds a phase if their ‘card’ came up.

    Mark

    #159051
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    Some interesting photos; what are the large cardboard markers: blinds, smoke … or something else?

    #159052
    Mark Luther
    Participant

    IABSM uses blinds to assist in the sense of friction and unknown enemy dispositions.  The large pieces are unexposed units or dummies.  When they are spotted-identified, actual miniatures are placed on the table.  If nothing is there-a dummy blind, then it is just removed.  The blind is then in the deck that gets drawn from to activate a unit.  Great system that does a nice job of simulating small level combat.

    #159054
    Mark Luther
    Participant

    If you haven’t you might want to clink on the link to the Flickr AAR and follow that.

     

    #159057
    McKinstry
    Participant

    Great looking game and an interesting asymmetrical contest.

    The tree of Life is self pruning.

    #159061
    hammurabi70
    Participant

    I have looked at the photos and very good they are.  It was why I guessed ‘blinds’ but although I have played CoC I have never done IABSM (or TWAT) so was not sure how it operated.  Sadly blinds seem unfashionable at the moment with newer rules.

    #159182
    Bokaso Bokas
    Participant

    Very impressive. I thought there were more tanks at plaY.

    I’d like to try the Kursk battle and try to make Russian artillery. Maybe build a train station.

    And I’d like to try to include a few company on each side…

    #159406
    Bokaso Bokas
    Participant

    I made 12 of them today.

    I don’t know how much I went too far with the number.

    #159447
    Bokaso Bokas
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: right;”>Today I tried to make 12 kom humel.</p>
    It was used at Kursk about 100 kom.

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