The March Russian
offensive to drive the Germans back to the Carpathian Mountains had been successful.
Partially due to Hitler’s “stand fast” order, many large German formations
were encircled. Among them was the entire First Panzer Army of General
Hube. Determined not to be part of another Stalingrad debacle, Hube and
Manstein planned a daring breakout. Avoiding the favorable terrain to the south,
Hube drove west across forested hills. The terrain was more difficult, and hence
was less likely to be the move the Russians would expect. Elements of the elite
2nd SS Panzer Corps would drive eastward to aid in the breakout with a linkup
expected in the vicinity of Buchach.
Attacker: German (elements of 10th Panzer Division Frundsberg and 1st Panzer Army)
Defender: Russian (Advance elements of 5th Tank Corps)
Turns: 12.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Near Buchach, Southern USSR 1944-04-06
Squads: A:11.0 D:18.0
AFVs: A:24 PzKpfw VG x 1 PzKpfw IVH x 3 SPW 251/sMG x 1 SPW 251/1 x 3 SdKfz 7 x 4 Buessing-NAG x 6 Opel Blitz x 6