Losing an Oberleutnant could have been disastrous for the Germans, as it meant the Wehrmacht would now have to allow their Order Hand to dwindle down to five instead of seven cards. Fortunately for von Rundstedt there was a “Feldwebel” (deputy platoon leader) who stepped up to the challenge and reduced this penalty by one card; the German Army could now only use a hand of six order/tactic cards.
Determined to take the central objective with Light Tanks, the German’s deployed another Panzer Mark I unit from its reinforcements. Accompanied by Waffen-SS, and Panzer Mark II tanks, the armoured fighting vehicles were driven straight towards the Russian Major and his Communists forces occupying the small hill.
Battered by the combined incoming German fire, the Soviet Major declared his unit of Regulars as being the “Defenders Of Russia” so reducing his men’s fatigue. Unfortunately it was never going to be enough, as the nearby Waffen-SS concentrated their firepower upon the gallant unit and finally broke them; killing the Russian Major, and reducing the Red Army’s Command Hand by three order/tactic cards.
The battle was almost at an end, but a final unit of Russian Conscripts were in range of the now unoccupied Central Objective and clambered to the top of the hill. However, the ‘green soviet troops’ quickly faltered and momentarily retreated as the bullets of some nearby German Heer took a savage toll upon them. But this was the last chance for a Communist victory over Fascism and with almost the final move of the battle, the Conscripts grimly climbed back up the hill to secure an impressive victory against the Wehrmacht invaders.
LATEST ADDITIONS: A THIRD T-70 LIGHT TANK (PENDRAKEN MINIATURES CODE SV16) COMPLETES A LIGHT TANK PLATOON FOR MY SOVIET TANKOVY BATALON. SEEN HERE APPROACHING SOME DAMAGED ‘DRAGON’S TEETH’ (CODE GR209).