June 23, 1941. After two days of heavy fighting for the city of Przemysl, the Germans blasted through the Russian southern defenses, aiming their Panzer groups deep into enemy territory. Soviet General Andrei Vlassov led a counter attack with the IV Corps 32nd Tank Division to cut off the German’s lead attacking elements. A German recon unit of the 15th Panzer Regiment was the first to stumble against the Soviets and was shocked by the heavy T-34 tanks, which simply rolled over their forward most infantry, 3.7cm anti-tank guns, and PzII scout tanks.
Aftermath: The Soviets skillfully committed their forces against the German flanks, inflicting substantial damage. By evening, the Germans had regrouped and tore through the Soviet defenses capturing the city of Luzk two days later. A year later, the Soviet General Vlassov would command the German Wehrmacht’s Vlassov Army as part of the Russian Liberation Army.
“First encounter with T34’s. Our 15th Panzer regiment was skirting the western side of Radekhiv, storming a hill to the south and routing the enemy. As we crested the hill, my crew was shouting in elation as we hit tank after tank. Then we encountered a terrible monster that I will never forget - the T34.” - 2nd Leutenant Fried.
Freely inspired by Conflict of Heroes - Awakening the Bear
2 Squad Bases
5x T-26 tanks
1 Squad Base
2x PAK40 AT Guns
2x SDKFZ 251 Halftrack
1x ZiS-3 AT Gun
|5x Panzer III tanks|
|Strategy Decks||Morale 1
(remove both Take Cover cards)
|Starting Strategy Cards||2||2|
|Operations Cards||-||019 Panzer IV Ausf. E|
|Deployment Zone||Anywhere on maps 12B, 11A, 7A and 8A.||Any grey hex.|
|Starting Initiative||Setup First|
|Objective||Prevent the Germans fulfilling their objective by the end of Round 6.||Control the Objective marker by the end of Round 6.|
|Actions per turn||3||3|
|Reinforcements||Round 3 (Status) with an Advance or a Fire&Move action.
3x T-34 tanks
|Special Rules||-||The German PzIVe tanks may fire smoke.|