Operation Citadel had begun, but instead of the desired lightning breakthrough, fighting had taken on the characteristics of World War I trench warfare. In four days of grueling combat, the XLI Panzer Corps had managed to penetrate the defenses of the Soviet 13th Army to only a depth of five miles. The German corps, now being slowly forced onto the defensive by increasing enemy pressure, needed to secure a strong position on which to anchor its left flank and to free the mobile elements. Such a spot was the commanding height of Hill 253.5 near the village of Ponyri. On 9 July, the Germans stormed and captured Hill 239.8 and, to exploit this success, an assault on 253.5 was ordered.
Attacker: German (Reinforced elements of Infantry Regiment 508, Sturm Division 78)
Defender: Russian (Reinforced elements of 1021st Rifle Regiment, 307th Rifle Division)
Turns: 7 Players: 2 OBA: Russian Night: No
Ponyri, Kursk, USSR 1943-07-09
Squads: A:14.0 D:11.0
AFVs: A:6 PzJg Tiger x 6
Guns: A:0 D:5 76.2mm P obr. 39 x 2 45mm PTP obr. 42 x 3