The German retreat from the Seelow Heights deteriorated into a rout, commingling civilians and military personnel. Exhausted stragglers fell back as best they could, often improvising battle-groups to fight limited but fierce engagements to stave off annihilation. One such force consisted of remnants of the reconnaissance battalion soldiers from the Nordland Panzer Division. Following another failed counterattack, the battalion was joined by a Hitlerjugend detachment, as well as civilian refugees cowering in the nearby Buckow Forest. Russian infantry, supported by tanks, tightened the noose around the surrounded Germans, as the survivors retreated toward Strausberg along narrow roads.
Attacker: German (SS) (Remnants 11th SS Panzer Grenadier Division Nordland and Schwere Panzer Abteilung 502)
Defender: Russian (248th Rifle Division)
Turns: 6.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Pritzhagen, Germany 1945-04-19
Squads: A:10.5 D:13.5
AFVs: A:5 PzKpfw VIB x 1 StuG IIIG x 1 3.7cm FlaK LKW x 1 SPW 251/1 x 2