In observance of the 70th anniversary of the battle for Stalingrad, I press-ganged a few friends into getting together for a Flames of War Stalingrad battle. Special thanks to Bob who provided the enormous table and 90% of the scenery. The entire battle is probably far too much to try on one table, so we took a chunk of the fight-the battle for the Red October factory circa October 1942-and decided to try that.
A great overview of the battle and the map we based our layout on can be found here:
We built 2-2000 point forces for each side to represent the German 79th Grenadiers and the Soviet 39th Guards and support. So we played a total of 4000 points per side. We decided to play using modified Firestorm rules using combat platoons and support platoons as separate formations, but we would not use overall morale checks, however. The Soviets started with only 2000 points of infantry on the board while the Germans had all 4000 points from the get-go. The goal of the mission was to control two of the the three objective points by the end of turn 12. Soviet reinforcements would be available from turn 3 onward, but they would only roll reinforcement dice as if in a regular game, i.e. one die on turn 3, 2 on turn 4, etc. needed a 5 or 6 to get a reinforcement
Here is the German deployment. Their assault was led by a wave of Grenadiers supported by significant armor and artillery assets.
Facing the fascist hordes were a veritable wall of Soviet bodies. Four Strelkovy companies manned entrenched positions in and around the buildings.
Here is the overall Soviet deployment. Some AA assets are deployed to cover the main objectives, located in the center-left apartment block and the two buildings in the center and top of this photo. If you look close you will see some ZIS trucks marking the objective locations.
Here's an overview of the situation at the start. Bombed-out ruins and craters are the order of the day.
In the early turns the Germans advanced all across the board, pushing hard for the central train stations.
Smoke barrages neutralize Soviet fire as the Germans advance.
An intense firefight and several assaults resulted in heavy casualties on both sides, with the Germans taking heavier losses overall.
German tanks join the assault in the center as the Soviets hold on defiantly and a massive assault using the German storm group and Stugs develops...
The German assault group prepares to tackle the Soviet flank.
With the support of combined arms the central train station is finally overrun by the Germans, but at extreme cost.