This custom, single player scenario features of such islands and the command post that coordinates the defense from it. The other topic of this scenario is the Soviet use of combat engineers in anti-tank warfare. Upon the identification of the enemy's axis of attack, each combat engineer would carry 5 anti-tank mines onto the enemy's path and deploy them to slow the armored advance. In this scenario I'm playing as the commander of a group of 3 combat engineers assigned to an anti-tank strong point. The readers are urged to take the outcome of this scenario with a big grain of salt, as the outcome of the anti-tank gun vs. tank duel turned out to be questionable.
|A few meters below the high ground, one of the islands of resistance is around a village (arrow). This village has six 76 mm anti-tank guns divided in two groups facing the enemy's avenues of approach.|
|Around mid-morning, and as a prelude for the upcoming battle, a German Ju-87 dive bomber shows up above our position in the command post.|
|The German bomber makes no less than two passes upon our and the position below. It is then downed by our anti aircraft artillery located elsewhere.|
|A few minutes later, the first German tanks are spotted. They are moving from the north, towards the village. Our anti tank guns open fire from the high ground ...|
To be continued, stay tuned.