To open the German offensive at Kursk, Von Manstein hurled the twin fists of the 1st and 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Divisions into the southern shoulder of the Russian defenses. The forward elements of these units were tasked with breaching the enemy lines as rapidly as possible. There were approximately 10 kilometers between the German and Russian front lines. The Russian commander placed platoon-sized outposts throughout this gap and reinforced these positions with anti-tank and engineer assets. The men manning these positions knew there was to be no retreat from their forward positions. Before the Germans could reach their objectives they had to fight their way past these outposts.
Attacker: German (SS) (2nd SS Panzer Regiment)
Defender: Russian (Forward elements of 52nd Guards Rifle Division)
Turns: 6 Players: 2 OBA: Russian Night: No
Iakhontov, USSR 1943-07-05
Squads: A:6.0 D:10.0
AFVs: A:11 PzKpfw IVH x 2 PzKpfw IIIJ x 3 SPW 251/1 x 5
Guns: A:0 D:2 45mm PTP obr. 42 x 2 PTRD-41 ATR x 1