Time was running out for the Germans surrounded in Stalingrad. On December 12, the LVII Armored Corps launched Operation Wintergewitter (“Winter Tempest”), the offensive to relieve VI Army. Spearheading the drive was the veteran 6th Panzer Division, equipped with an entirely new allocation of AFVs. Driving north from Koteinkovo, the Germans easily cut through the Soviet 51st Army. On the morning of the second day of Wintergewitter, 6th Panzer reached and crossed the Askay River after capturing a bridge at Zalivsky. Driving forward with all speed, the lead elements of the division entered the village of Verkhne-Kurnsky in the late afternoon, held by the powerful Fifth Shock Army.
Attacker: German (11th Panzer Regiment and 6th Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion)
Defender: Russian (5th Shock Army and 7th Tank Corps)
Turns: 5.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Verkhne-Kumsky, Russia 1942-12-13
Squads: A:4.0 D:6.0
AFVs: A:9 PzKpfw IVF2 x 2 PzKpfw IIIJ x 2 PzKpfw IIIN x 1 SPW 251/1 x 3 SPW 250/1 x 1