Having already ‘taken’ the first objective, the Germans advanced towards the second hill (located in the centre of the battlefield) by moving forward their Panzer Mark I company. In order to support the Light Tanks the Wehrmacht deployed behind them more Heer along with an Officer-led Waffen-SS unit. Conscious of the ever-encroaching Russian Submachine Gun Troops to the South, the German Major fired his Machine Gun Team at the ‘close combat specialists’ in order for them to maintain their distance.
Stung by the fatigue being suffered by the Shpagin machine pistol carrying soldiers, the Russians issued an ‘Angels Of Mercy’ order for nurses to be sent to the unit to aid the wounded (and remove one fatigue/casualty). The Submachine Gun Troops were less heartened though by the sight of the Panzer Mark I company trundling forwards and opening fire upon them. Despite the tanks being disadvantaged by ‘Restricted Field of Fire’ the Soviet unit was close to breaking, and only a withering salvo of Soviet fire by a nearby Russain Machine Gun Team, kept the German Light Tanks (protected by their ‘Schurzen Skirts’) at bay.
Eager to stretch the battlefield further, the German’s then deployed both another company of Panzer Mark I’s and a unit of Panzer Mark III’s up in the North, and pushed their Heer forwards towards the central hill, threatening the Russian T-70 tanks. Machine gun fire then ripped into the Soviet Light Tanks as the German infantry utilised ‘Hitler’s Buzzsaw’ to rack up some hits on the Russian Armour. Only the presence of the Soviet Officer stopped the tanks from falling back.
THE SOVIET SUBMACHINE GUN TROOPS TAKE A HAMMERING, WHILST A GERMAN PANZER MARK I COMPANY (CLOSE TO THE BLACK UNCOATED MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THE CENTRE OF THE BATTLEFIELD) UTILISES THE ‘REGROUP’ TACTIC.
Concerned by the presence of the Panzer Mark I’s close to the central hill, the Russian Regulars pumped even more machine gun lead into the German formation, taking the Light Tanks to the limit of their endurance and forced them to retreat away from the Soviet deployment line. Stunned by the Russian firepower, the German’s allowed the exhausted German armour time to ‘Regroup’ in order to reduce some of its fatigue/casualties.