- 14/07/2021 at 02:34 #158868
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
Mark14/07/2021 at 06:50 #158872Steve JohnsonParticipant
Great looking game Mark!18/07/2021 at 21:50 #159048
It’s a very nice pitch and a good game.
And we can tell you how many tanks you used in the game.18/07/2021 at 21:57 #159049
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.
Mark18/07/2021 at 22:36 #159051hammurabi70Participant
Some interesting photos; what are the large cardboard markers: blinds, smoke … or something else?18/07/2021 at 23:24 #159052
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.19/07/2021 at 00:39 #159054
If you haven’t you might want to clink on the link to the Flickr AAR and follow that.19/07/2021 at 04:49 #159057McKinstryParticipant
Great looking game and an interesting asymmetrical contest.
The tree of Life is self pruning.19/07/2021 at 07:23 #159061hammurabi70Participant
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.21/07/2021 at 14:29 #159182
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…24/07/2021 at 18:35 #159406
I made 12 of them today.
I don’t know how much I went too far with the number.25/07/2021 at 17:05 #159447
<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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