SEE Misc file below for scenario. . .1st Ukrainian Front had vied with 1st Belorussian Front for Berlin. However, its left wing was composed of rifle divisions, not as mobile as the tank armies poised to envelope Berlin. Therefore, the march to the Oder River was slower, and it was not until 28 January that the exploitation force came within striking distance of the Oder. Meanwhile, the Germans were deploying mobile units to parry multiple Soviet incursions over the Oder. At one city, Buchenau, portions of the 8th Panzer Division were deployed scant kilometers across the Oder as a buffer against a rush to the bridge at Lubowitz. A reconnaissance platoon supported by two ad-hoc companies formed from personnel on leave covered Buchenau. Four JgPz IVs were also available, held back to go where needed most. On the morning of the 29th, a Soviet cavalry column approached. The halftracks ripped into the column, whose remnants retreated to the north edge of a wooded area. Immediately, more cavalry advanced, this time supported by lend-lease Valentines.
Attacker: German (Ad Hoc AT Companies and Reconnaissance Battalion, 8th Panzer Division)