The new Typhoon Rising DLC expands the already existent 1941 content on the Eastern Front. If playing as the Soviets, the starring role is for the 150th Tank Brigade, a relatively weak force consisting of T-34s, T-50s and motorized infantry.
The morning of 30SEP1941 finds part of my forces fending the aggressive attempts of the German 10th Motorized Infantry Division along the Zholkevshina-Khokhlovka road. The town of Zholkevshina first came under attack and I chose to defend it with a fortress mentality, totally inappropriate for an enemy with great mobility.
|It's pouring. My combined forces (infantry and T-34 tanks) can barely see in the distance. In this screenshot, my troops take cover inside the houses of Zholkevshina.|
|The shelling lasted more than 5 minutes, obscuring our lines of sight.|
|In this screenshot, lines of fire are shown in orange and green. The tanks had a great display of machine-gunning, catching German infantry in the open.|
|A screenshot from the German point of view.|
|Just to be completely sure that the Germans are not getting into Zholkevshina, I take the rest of my tanks to the very edge of the village. In the background, many buildings are on fire.|
We held the village and the objective was ours at the end of the engagement. Our infantry losses amounted to almost a company. We didn't lose any tanks.
But shortly thereafter I found out that the Germans had surrounded the village because I have concentrated my forces in one spot. The forces depicted here are now encircled.
This unique wargame certainly makes you think beyond the short-lived satisfaction of holding an objective.