I present the first AAR for Battlegroup Kursk, the work of Warwick Kinrade (with a little input from me) and heavily tested to destruction by the GMG. From our point of view, the development has reached a point where its become a new game in its own right and one that plays very well. For those who have played and enjoyed KGN, you will feel perfectly at home with BGK... But there is lots of new things to discover and enjoy. While it owes its lineage to KGN its a new game. Its been a long road, and alot of hardwork from Warwick, but the results are worth it.
Tonights game was a 600 point affair. We used the German Armoured list up against the Soviet Armoured list and we used the old Escalation scenario from KGN as its been our favoured test scenario.
600 Point German Battlegroup - Sniper with Spotter, Two Panzergrenadier Platoons, Panzer IV Squadron, Ferdinand, two sMG34s and a Forward HQ in a Panzer III, supported by two Scheduled 150mm Artillery Barrages
600 Point Russian Battlegroup - T-70 Recce Tank, Two Infantry Platoons, T-34 Tank Company, Communications Truck, 82mm Mortar Battery and Forward HQ
The engagement started with only recce units on the table, and the Russians quickly rushed forward to pinch a few objectives causing the Germans to take some early chits. Both sides then brought on tanks as their vanguards and while the Russians rushed up the road, the Germans swung out onto one of the flanks. Little else happened and then main forces began to arrive on table. One of the first German units to arrive was the Ferdinand that parked on the board edge and sent a couple of very long range rounds down the road at the leading T-34. Both rounds missed but the Russians quickly raced their tanks off the road out of the way, sheltering in the dead ground behind the church and the woods.
More units continued to arrive, including a logistics supply truck that brought up the ammo for the Ferdinand. This was promptly the subject of a fairly ineffective mortar barrage, and although pinned the German commander quickly got the supply unit motivated again and got them to work. Once more the Ferdinand let off its rounds and watched them sail past a T-34. On the other flank the Panzer IVs set themselves up in ambush around the ruined brick house and waited for the enemy.