Fighting had raged up and down the Minsk-Vilnius highway for over a week between Molodechno and Smorgon. Confronted with the collapse of Army Group Center and the imminent loss of Minsk, Hitler sacked Field Marshal Busch and allowed Model to release the 5th Panzer Division from Army Group North to try to stem the drive of the 5th Guards Tank Army to Vilnius. Backed by the Tigers of Schwere Panzer Abteilung 595, the divisionís job was to hold the highway open in order for Army Group Center to escape encirclement and regroup behind Vilnius. The Tigers, fighting alongside the 5thís Panthers, made a good account of themselves despite both marshy terrain and marauding Sturmoviks.
Attacker: Russian (3rd Guards Tank Corps)
Defender: German (Panzergrenadier Regiment 13, Panzer Division 5/Schwere Panzer Abteilung 505)
Turns: 7.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Smorgon, USSR 1944-07-03
Squads: A:18.0 D:11.0
AFVs: A:7 Sherman III(a) x 4 SU-122 x 2 OT-34 x 1
D:6 PzKpfw VG x 1 PzKpfw VIE (L) x 2 SPW 251/1 x 2 SPW 251/10 x 1