|Retreating after a tactical defeat, west of Shilovo. The noon sun falls hard on my soldiers.|
July 4th, 1942. It's not exactly early morning, actually is around 10 AM and the fog is so thick that I did manage to advance an entire platoon of German infantry through open terrain. It was an all out gamble. And it didn't play well for my soldiers.
|First contact was a barely manned trenchline. My soldiers pushed through it bravely ...|
|... Just to be welcomed by Russian positions within Shilovo and the woods surrounding it.|
|Cross fire and massacre. Unsupported troops devoid of recon patrols are just prey for the hungry Russian bear.|
|I was hoping I could get these men to stand unbothered so they could start digging in. This would be a great jump-off position for an assault on Shilovo (in the background). However, the Russians started coming out in force from their defenses.|