Here is an AAR of a scenario from our up coming East Front (Tannenberg/Gumbinnen) scenario book.
The table set up for the Baitschen Scenario. The Russians would be defending the farside of the table, while the Germans enter from the near edge.
|Russian Defenders await the German advance.|
German infantry enter the table, a regiment of 7.7cm field guns can be seen near the top of the shot.
German command closes the distance, Uhlans advance into sighting distance!
|Uhlans move ahead of the German infantry and spot a Russian Regiment ensconced in the town!|
Russian Artillery drops fire onto the Germans but with no effect, first blood however goes to the Russians destroying a squadron of Uhlans.
|On the German left flank, the infantry closes on Baitschen, Russian Artillery drops on target but the ammunition is of poor quality and does no damage.|
Germans maneuver into position for the assault. On their right flank they take heavy casualties and are forced into a morale check but pass. On the left Russian shooting isn't as good and they only get a couple of suppressions. German fire is mostly ineffective causing only two suppressions on the Russian defenders.
|This is turn four movement, two forward German companies would be suppressed in the resulting fire from the Russian defenders.|
Germans suffer a second morale check on the right flank and are forced to retreat two turns. Russians on that flank hold strong with only 2 casualties. On the left though the Germans continue to mount more fire against the Russian line destroying two companies and suppressing 2 more.
You can see the German infantry thinning out from casualties but they inflicted more against their opponent.
End turn five shot of the Russian center Regiment. You can see three suppressions and some missing stands (2 in fact), unable to roll off the suppression would be a death knoll for this regiment.
Russian disaster! Suffering 2 more destroyed and 2 more suppressed the center Russian regiment on the German left flank, was forced into a morale test which they failed and ran for the hills.
A HUGE gap opens in the Russian defensive line.
Although a ten turn game, this one lasted nine only. On turn eight one of the German left flank Regiments had to check morale but passed, same for a Russian Regiment. But on turn 9 a second check on the Russians saw them break and run - the field was now firmly in German hands.
Trying to realign the Russians were forced out of their defenses and suffered from the effective German firepower.
Russian left flank (German Right), attempt to move into contact with German forces that previously fell back 2 turns.