A short note on "Operation Star redux", now updated to the "Mius Front" standards as the "Raid" DLC.
The bridge over the Uda River, just in front of Krasnaya-Polyana, was secured almost effortlessly on 12FEB43 around 0500. Weak Soviet forces (most likely a couple of listening posts) were overrun by two companies of PzGren (2 Pz.Gr Regiment) supported by a heavy weapons detachment.
|Consolidation of the Krasnaya-Polyana bridgehead. Blue=German Forces, Red=Soviet Forces.|
After dawn, the PzGren start their movement south, sacrificing security for speed. It is evident that the German forces are liable of a long flank and that they are spread thin.
|From the north-west, the Soviets start harassing the German column. The time is now 0900.|
A platoon of StuGIIIs is rushed west via Vodyanoe, to secure a hinge from which to counter attack the Soviets in a southerly direction. This was a poor choice for two reasons.
First, armor not supported by dismounts in this built-up area left the steel beasts vulnerable to Soviet infantry. The Soviets made good use of their infiltration skills and became very un-welcomed dwellers of Vodyanoe.
|The first armor loss to Soviet infantry in Vodyanoe shocked the entire platoon.|
|It was only after some German infantry was haphazardly dispatched towards Vodyanoe that the situation was stabilized.|
|But not without considerable effort and losses.|
|The StuGIII platoon, now free of the grips of Vodyanoe, engaged Soviet troops moving towards the town.|
The terrain is not apt for a quick attack, neither by infantry nor armor.
The main Soviet assault took place at OBJ Barn (see map above). Here the Soviets faced the ferocious resistance of a PzGren platoon, which almost ran out of ammunition stopping them.