#0709_04 Verkhopen'ye - A Mission too Many - Kursk Southern Front
#0709_04 Verkhopen'ye - A Mission too ManyBy David Freer
Verkhopen'ye, South of Oboyan: July 9th, 1943. (Scenario Size: Division. German Human vs Soviet AI or Head to Head) Generalleutnant Walter Hörnlein believed too much was being asked of the Großdeutschland Division. He was to simultaneously clear Verkhopen'ye and drive west with the aim of meeting 332.Infanterie Division attacking from the south as well as push north in concert with 11th Panzer Division. In the meantime, 3rd Panzer Division was struggling to cover Hörnlein's left flank. The heavy fighting of the previous two days as well as the continuing attrition of the unproven Panthers would hamper the Division's ability to execute its mission. Tank losses had been heaviest in Großdeutschland and only 87 of the original 330 vehicles were available for action on the 9th. With both 6th Tank and 3rd Mechanized Corp still with reasonable inventories of T-34's, every Panzer would be needed.