German Turn 19
Last German turn and it plays much the same way as Turn 18 although there is a surprise assault in there. The Russians lose 13 tanks, 3 to an assault, 2 to tank fire and 8 to artillery.
The German 7th Division continues its firefights. It scores well agaiunst the 113th but loses badly to the fresh almost full strength 1/17th.
The T-60 tanks of 2/22nd lose to the Pz 38's again and artillery chops up the 1/33rd which is reduced to 18 runners and a fatigue 219. To think that this unit sat in reserve for most of the game and is now half strength and useless after just a few turns.
The BT-5's of 1/25th also receive the artillery treatment and its accompanying infantry (25th Motor Rifle Bn) are also treated to direct fire from 4-5 Bn's of the German 292nd. The 33rd Motor Rifle Bn which was brought down to fill a gap does manage to return fire despite being disrupted.
The 2/25th Tank Bn which has led a charmed life most of the game was finally assaulted. It held its ground losing 3 tanks but lost a further tank to artillery. I'm not sure whether Eldar used 1 or 2 Bn's for the assault but it did give a reasonable result. The 2/25th slips to yellow fatigue 111 but still has 24 runners.
The 258th German Division selected the 1/774th for treatment and also pushed it into yellow fatigue. For some reason the 4th sappers were also attacked.
At Naro most of the fire fights went the the German way. The Guards were pretty feeble and did not even return fire.
And that is the last german turn. Eldar has moved the VP total to 413 and a Draw. Which means I have to take back 14 points for a Minor Victory. All my artillery is available this turn and I have 3 groups of units which should give decent fire results.
1/17th - 460 men against weak Aufklarung and disrupted units
2/22nd Tank - 24 tanks versus about 15-16 Pz 38's in the open in two weak groups.
3/1 Gd-1/1Gd - 900 guards versus his motorised units in the open