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Bitter Glory at Tannenberg - The Matrix Games version of East Front II

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Bitter Glory at Tannenberg

By F.Lee Harmon Jr.
Allies 24 - 4 - 18 Axis
Rating: 8.14 (45)
Games Played: 46
SM: 6
Turns: 28
Type: Custom
First Side: Allies
Second Side: Axis
Downloads: 402
The Tannenberg Positions, 15km SW of Narva, Estonia. Best against Human opponent(s). 26-31 July 1944. Since January of 1944, Armeeabteilung Narwa had been holding the Soviet push at the "Panther Line" with hard earned success. However as Operation Bagration opened in the South, the Divisions of the Army Detachment were piece mealed away from their parent formation to help stem the Russian offensive against Armeegruppe Mitte. All that remained by 20 July was Felix Steiner's IIISS Panzerkorps and a solitary, yet experiened Heer formation, the East Prussian 11.Infanteriedivision. On 24 July 1944, the Front at Narva exploded it's entire length. However, given the considerably weakened state of the Defenses at said city, the order to withdraw to the Tannenberg Line was given a day earlier. Seeing an oppurtunity, the Soviet 2nd Shock Army unleashed their attack in the Northern Sector simutaneously with the German withdraw. What had started as an orderly retreat turned into a frenzied scramble full of near disasters. However, all of the units of the IIISS PzK would reach their lines by 2400 July 25, give one. 48SS PzGr Rgt "General Seyffardt" would be cut off and annihilated earlier in the day. The morning of 26 July brought the shells of the Red Army and a following onslaught that would last almost a week, and cost both sides considerable losses. The 3 Hills dominating the area ran from East to West and became bitterly contested as a result, constantly changing hands. The next 72 hours would decide the fate of the Baltic states as Felix Steiner Korps guarded it's back door. The Soviet's, knowing this, would throw massive Armored and Infantry forces at the outnumbered and out gunned Freiwilligen Korps. The IIISS Panzerkorps knowing the same, could not withdraw. This was to be the European volunteers "Battle of Destiny"........and when the smoke cleared on 31 July, IIISS PzK had given only 2.8 km to the enemy, yet at a cost of over 50% of it's troops. The IIISS PzK would win it's bitter glory here at the Tannenberg Line, but it's victory was one many of it's panzergrenadiers would not live to see, and none the rest would never forget.This scenario represents the battle from 2200 26 July, until it's gridlock at 2000 29 July 1944. See read me file for more detailed information.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
BT-7 (FGM)'s ProfileBT-7 (FGM) Slightly Pro Allies 9
H.v.F.'s ProfileH.v.F. Well Balanced 7
Phil Davies (FGM)'s ProfilePhil Davies (FGM) Slightly Pro Axis 8
XLVIII Pz. Korp's ProfileXLVIII Pz. Korp Well Balanced 8
Rebel's ProfileRebel Slightly Pro Allies 10
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Allies Oberst's Profile Oberst vs. Saper2 Saper2's Profile Axis Allies Major Victory 72 12
Allies Oberst's Profile Oberst vs. dawags dawags's Profile Axis Allies Major Victory 72 12
Allies Oberst's Profile Oberst vs. Boisforas Boisforas's Profile Axis Allies Major Victory 72 12
Allies dawags's Profile dawags vs. Oberst Oberst's Profile Axis Allies Major Victory 72 12
Axis Oberst's Profile Oberst vs. Boisforas Boisforas's Profile Allies Axis Major Victory 72 12
played with EA Off
1st Lieutenant
Osiris Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:01 am
Russian numbers are tough to overcome but a really good scenario. I think the VC's need to be hire for the Russian side
Von Luck
Lieutenant General
Von Luck Frid Feb 26, 2016 8:36 pm
Tough one for the Russians to start with but once their Arty and armour wear down the German defenders progress can be made.
RADO Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:40 pm
We played with EA on. Even so, it was very challenging for the German. Without EA, balance might go the other way. My army was bled white but the points were totally in my favor. VP Hex values might need adjusting.
Battle Kat
First Sergeant
Battle Kat Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:12 pm
One of the forgotten battles of East Front, with Estonians holding the Soviets a bit longer while hoping, in vain, the war would come to an end before their country being occupied yet another time.
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Master Sergeant
Schwerpunkt75 Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:42 am
Between two evenly matched, experienced opponents, the Allied player is likely to win. The victory conditions could use a little work. Still, a fun game with a lot of interesting units for both sides and a great map.
Lieutenant Colonel
dawags Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:29 am
Really good map...
Nice set up.
Victory conditions are totally off.
Russian player has it way too easy to pull of victory in this one.
Designer ruined a good scenario by not accurately setting victory levels.
Lieutenant Colonel
dawags Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:41 am
Great map
Good force mix
Challenging set up for both sides
Designer totally bolluxed up the victory conditions.
Too easy for Allied player to get major victory.