This fight was another attack from the Soviets on the Germans, as they continue to push down the Germans in the east. I did not see the whole game, but I will tell the tale as I have been told! Here you can see the board, with the Soviets attacking from the right of the photo and the Germans defending from the left.
The Soviet did something we never have done before, and took a ride in a GAZ-AA truck and captured a JOP from the defenders. Interesting use of transport. Don´t mind the truck being put up to shield the section from fire, I did not play and so I´m innocent of this!
The Germans try to scramble a defense with one of their JOPs lost. The Soviets that arrived in the truck is on the right hand of the house, to the right of the Germans. This has turned into some kind of garden-to-garden fighting, rather than house-to-house fighting!
The Germans decide to counter-attack. In the open. Against enemies behind hard cover. In cross-fire. This is not the way to do it in Chain of Command. You see what's left of the attacking section in the middle - two two-man LMG-teams. The Soviets behind the stone wall (you should not have stone-walls in Stalino, however I did not build the board and not all people are as detail-oriented as I am) were not there when the Germans "went over the top", but they sure did use the nearby JOP to open up some murderous fire when the Germans ran for it.
The remnants of the counter-attacking squad have fled into a garden. The senior leader are calculating his odds after this costly set back. Another German section have taken up defensive position behind a road-block. In the upper right corner you can see the truck-delivered Soviets starting the fence-hopping operation that comes with fighting in Stalino.
But this was the end of it. Having one JOP taken and a section badly shot up, and with Soviets coming after them from almost every direction, the Germans withdraw.
Now, the road to the last Axis area on the eastern flank lay open and next game could win the campaign for the Soviets. We will make sure that it'll be a worthy finale!
WW2 Campaign Blog
This blog follows the second Chain of Command club campaign, set in the intense fighting over Stalino in October 1941.