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Terror at Borisov - The Matrix Games version of East Front II

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Terror at Borisov

By D. Bevard
Axis 78 - 15 - 107 Allies
Rating: 8.08 (133)
Games Played: 200
SM: 2
Turns: 18
Type: Stock
First Side: Axis
Second Side: Allies
Lipki, E of Borisov, 130km W of Orsha: [Best played against Human opponent] There were a few surprised faces at the headquarters of the German 18th Panzer Division at Borisov on July 3rd, when a signal was received that strong enemy armored columns were advancing along the motor highway from Orsha. Soon the panzers of the 18th Panzer Regiment clashed with Russian tanks of the 1st Moscow Motorized Division reinforced with T-34s and KVs from the Borisov Tank School. When it first hove into sight the T-34 struck a good deal of terror among the German tankers in their lighter panzers. Even the heaviest German tanks, the Mark IV "Stubs," named for their short-barrel 7.5cm cannon, were some three tons lighter than the T-34 and had a considerably inferior anti-tank capability. But more shocking still were the bigger monsters mixed in amongst the T-26 and BT tanks: the KV-2 weighing 52 tons and armed with a 152mm gun. Superior German tactics and experience won the day but the "T-34 terror" would become well known on the Eastern Front in the years to come.
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A classic
John Given
Terror at Borisov is one of those early Russian front battles that pits weaker german armor vs. tough Soviet tanks. The Soviets get KV-1's, KV-2's (!!) and a number of T-34's, not to mention a hefty helping of BT-7 light tanks (among others) and an assortment of infantry, of various types. The germans get virtually no infantry, but they get several 50mm AT guns, an engineer platoon, a motorcycle company, and a decent smattering of PzII's and PzIII's of various types, plus a few PzJgI's. The strategy is for the germans to take and then hold the numerous objectives before the tough russian tanks can arrive and fortify. In my game with Pip, he kept putting his armor in open terrain as well as close by, so as a resut, I could keep driving around to get rear shots. AT guns in strategic spots also helped pad my score. I rated this scen as balanced only because if the Soviet player wishes to be defensive, OR masses his force into an "armored fist" there isn't really much the germans could do. Fortunately for me, the russians went on the attack, which left numerous tank killing opportunities.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.

Sun Tzu
Germans have ok morale (6) but many fine leaders. No infantry support though.
Russians have infantry and plenty of armor but very few leaders and lower morale.
One of the better early war tank vs tank scenarios....
Superior armoured Russian tanks against a swarm of faster and better armed German armour...with plenty of leaders for both sides....
Lieutenant General
XLVIII Pz. Korp Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:47 am
Tough scenario for Axis when Sovs are in the hands of an experienced player
RADO Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:45 pm
Great scenario!
athineos Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:15 pm
If I want to play against the AI, What side would be the most challenging to play?
1st Lieutenant
Osiris Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:30 am
german tanks for some reason can pen kv-1-2 armor which is completely unrealistic and russian platoons are really small
First Sergeant
Ragnar Frid Sep 07, 2018 9:49 am
A great scenario to see/learn how powerful the BT-7 are IF used properly! Until I've played this scenario I always thought the BT-7 are useless crap in every aspect. This is correct if they are used in a direct attack against axis AFV. But their value is speed in combination with their decent firepower (45mm gun)

You can sum up, the BT-7 is simular to the cruiser (vessel).

The cruiser can outgun every ship they could not outrun and to outrun every ship they could not outgun.

The BT-7 can outgun every tank/AFV it could not outrun and to outrun every tank/AFV it could not outgun.

I just started "Borodino41" where I have several companies of the BT-7.