Both sides start to set-up; the German commander puts his Tigers in the village of Shklov on the left flank while Soviet Scouts conducts a recon of the German forces.
Brigada (Brigade) Kommisar M. A. Dedov commandeers a T-34/85 medium tank (the one with the flag) and decides to join the heavy tanks of the 42nd Guards Tank Battalion. It will be Dedov who first spots the Germans at Shklov. Dedov's force will be isolated for most of the battle as he ties down the German reinforcements. The damaged Tiger is one of the objectives to be captured in the Soviet deployment area.
The Tigers of the 501st wait to engage. In Flames of War, Tiger platoons get to roll for a special "Tiger Ace" skill for the game. For this game it will be rapid fire. The Tigers will have a great rate of fire; unfortunately their accuracy will be horrendus.
Enemy tanks! Action right!
Tigers from the 501st move up to engage at long range . . . and spectaculary fail to hit a single tank exposed in the open. The Tigers, though in cover and concealed by buildings will not be so lucky.
Dedov hastens the Soviet heavy tanks forward as obviously the Germans cannot hit slow moving tanks in the open . . .
Another Tiger moves forward . . . and misses . . . again.
German artillery preparing to fire, their right flank protected by Stug G IV assault guns.
Two airstrikes by the Luftwaffe fail to stop the Soviet advance.
Tiger commander repositions the tanks as infantry reinforcements arrive.
Two Tigers are destroyed quickly by accurate Soviet fire. The German Radio Truck is the Objective in Shklov.
Well . . . that didn't work.
The surviving Tiger retreats back to the rear of the village as German infantry reinforcements arrive in an attempt to stop the Soviet iron juggernauts.
Soviet infantry puts pressure on the paratroopers on the right flank.
Paratroopers continue to successfully defend.
German infantry prepares to assault the Heavy Tanks at close quarters.
Dedov pushes his command forward . . . encouraging to destroy the German infantry and liberate the town.
German infantry launch their assault.
For Mother Russia! German defences start to crumble in the center.
The Comrade Colonel sends his T-34/85's two times without infantry support against the paratroopers, who, after a valiant defense have to retreat. The pig sty is the objective.
The paratroopers break, the Soviets seize the objective. With the loss on the right flank, the Germans have to retreat from the village giving the key objective to the Soviets - a stunning victory (6 points vs 1 point for his Dad).