#0709_02 Berezovka - Clearing the Pena Bend - Kursk Southern Front
#0709_02 Berezovka - Clearing the Pena BendBy David Freer
Syrtsevo, South of Oboyan: July 9th, 1943. (Scenario Size: Division. German Human vs Soviet AI or Head to Head) Generalleutnant Franz Westhoven's 3rd Panzer Division had been bogged down by fierce Soviet resistance at Lukhanino since July 6th. It was only late on the night of the 8th that the town's defenders either gave themselves up or melted back towards Russian lines. With Lukhanini cleared it was important to establish a bridgehead over the Pena River as soon as possible to both shorten the line and unhinge the defending 10th Mechanized Brigade. Clearing the town of Syrtsevo would be the key to breaking the Mech Brigades hold on the river line and ensuring any crossing was sustainable. Unbeknownst to Westhoven, 112th Tank Brigade had reformed at Berezovka and was in a position to counter any German move.