In late June 1944, the Soviets began
what eventually would be known as the “Destruction of Army Group Center”.
The key to this offensive was the city of Minsk. Should it be captured, numerous
German formations would be hopelessly cut off. One of the vital routes for the
German retreat was via Stolbtsky Highway which ran behind a series of low
ridges and then crossed the Berezina River south of Minsk. On July 1st, the
much overworked and understrength German 170th Infantry Division (in reality
a large battalion) was overwhelmed by elements of Rotmistrov’s Fifth Guards
Army. The survivors took to their heels and attempted to patch together a
defense along the last line of ridges overlooking the escape route to Minsk. The
Russians, in probing for a weakness in the German line, had managed to overrun
the German-held village of Letornovski and were boiling towards the ridges.
Hurriedly gathered German reinforcements were converging in an attempt to
patch up the line and hold Hill 621, key to the defense.
Attacker: Russian (Fifth Guards Army)
Defender: German (170th Infantry Division: Letornovski Garrison)
Turns: 10 Players: 2 OBA: German Night: No
Near Minsk, Russia 1944-07-01
Squads: A:56.0 D:13.0
AFVs: A:13 SU-152 x 2 SU-122 x 3 ZIS-5 x 2 T-34 M43 x 6
D:15 PzKpfw IVH x 4 SPW 251/1 x 5 PzKpfw IIIN x 1 StuG IIIG (L) x 2 SPW 251/sMG x 1 SPW 250/1 x 1 StuH 42 x 1