This is a short AAR of a custom-made scenario of Iron Front Liberation 1944 (review copy v1.60).
The scenario is fictional and more like an excuse to kick the tires of Iron Front on my own terms and not with the material already included in the game. In this scenario the Germans are stretched thin in a hopeless defense against a Russian Guards Corps. As discussed elsewhere, the tactical doctrine of the German Army during WWII was, for the rare occasion (?!) of finding themselves in the defensive, there would be a main line of resistance but it would be behind a series of mutually supported positions deployed in depth. Yeah, it's not cool to show a thin skin to the dagger of the enemy.
The forward line of the defense is a series of outposts, mostly for just early warning than nothing else. In this scenario, I am in charge of one outpost and the patrols our commander sent in front of us came back all panicked. Enemy tanks supported by infantry coming our way ...
The outpost in this case is just three mutually supported trenches. The trenches in the flanks have a MG42 and a panzerschreck soldier each.
|This trench is included in the editor as an object, so you can deploy it as you wish. Showing here the trench in our left flank.|
|The trench in our center, just two MP44s to provide support for the trenches in the left and right. Enemy is advancing from the far background.|
Did you notice how the trenches have frontal cover? Awesome! You fire from these trenches at an angle (see below) and your front is not exposed to massed enemy fire.
The depression behind our position is unlikely to be very inviting for the enemy tanks, so we expect them to move through our flanks, which in turn will expose them to the main line of resistance's AT gun fire. So the panzerschrecks are oriented towards our flanks. The MG42s are pointed towards a kill zone some 40 meters from the center of our position.
|The remaining Russian tanks fire back at us. Their rounds fall short.|
|The sounds of fire on our left flank prompt me to check out on the fellow soldiers over there. The depression/cut was very convenient to move through the entire position. I see smoke ... I hope is an enemy tank on fire.|
|The intensity of enemy fire on the left flank trench is enormous and I can't reach it, so I just jump into the trench in the center. Within a fraction of a second, I see the trench in our right flank under heavy fire too (center of the screenshot).|
Then, I hear MG fire and I see blood splattering. I thought that the enemy infantry was assaulting our position. I duck for cover and I see the soldiers sharing my trench ... All dead. Where is the enemy firing from?
|... And this is the last screenshot I could take. I never made it alive from that trench. :)|