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Pain In The Neck ETO (id:#62297)
(Friendly Fire Pack 9 ID:FrF76)
Designer: Michael Koch
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German (SS)Russian
Berlin fell on 2 May 1945. Hitler was dead. The 10th SS-Panzer-Division crossed the river Elbe at the city of Dresden on 6 May. As most other German units on the Eastern Front, they retreated west or southward away from the Red Army steamroller. Realizing that time was running out, the remnants of the division made use of the windy roads around the town of Schmiedeberg to reach their destination: the American frontline in the south. They did not realize that Russian spearheads had already bypassed German defensive lines. The main roads were already in Russian hands. Like a constant "pain in the neck" the Russian troops of General Rybalko's 3rd Guards Tank Army pursued the retreating Germans. Unbeknownst to the SS soldiers, local Volkssturm had set up roadblocks as a pointless last ditch effort to stop the Russian advance. Those roadblocks hindered the Frundsberg in their escape.
Attacker: German (SS) (10th SS-Panzer-Division "Frundsberg")
Defender: Russian (23rd Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade, 7th Guards Tank Corp, 3rd Guards Tank Army)  
Turns: 6.5     Players: 2     OBA: None     Night: No
Schmiedeberg, Saxony, Germany 1945-05-07
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:9.0 D:11.0
AFVs: A:6
PzKpfw IVJ x 2
M4A3(75)W x 2
JgdPz IV(L) x 1
SPW 251/1 x 1

T-34/85 x 3
T-34 M43 x 3

Guns: A:0 D:0
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: D: Hidden Roadblock on Bd 41. Streams are Deep.
Map Board(s): 41 50
Overlays: P2
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Latest Updates:
mtrodgers99 Added a playing2019-05-20 18:51:45
hoxson1 Modified the Unit Elements2018-10-04 14:51:14
hoxson1 Modified the overview2018-05-03 13:30:32
aaa is looking to play this scenario2017-08-10 10:40:43
hoxson1 Modified the misc. rules2017-03-09 18:34:22
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2019-05-17(D) Michael Rodgers vs Jim Runcimen Russian winThe German failed to leave the rear guard close to the board edge, allowing the Russian to take shots at the running Germans.
2015-11-20(D) Michael Rodgers vs Andre Escobedo German (SS) winAndre Escobedo and I played FrF76 PAIN IN THE NECK; I had the Russians. This is a funky scenario where no side starts on board. Germans want to exit. Russian gets a small blocking force in front of the Germans and a larger chasing force behind them. Andre split the Germans. He sent some up the German left, and some up the centre. He also put two squads on the German right as blockers. He left the JgPz4 in the center to cover the main road that the Russian chasers would need to use. My initial small blocking force came in on the Russian right. On turn 2, I sent the T34/85 to the left in response to German movements. I brought my chasing force in on the German right to park a tank on the level 2 hill there. I did not realize, however, that the LOS is not 360 degrees; I would not do that again. I sent all the infantry that way to take out the German squad near there. Three tanks from the chasers took the road on the German left. One crossed the bridge to go after the JgPz4, but I forgot about the squad underneath it; I lost that tank to a PF. A second tank was immobilized near the bridge, where there was a third blocking squad that fired two PF duds at that tank. I had most of my tanks CE most of the time. A sniper small stun made my T34/85 fall to a PF. The other blocking T34 couldn't kill some adjacent German infantry and it also went down to a PF. After four turns, there was only one Russian squad left of the blocking force. I conceded.
2015-02-21(A) Paolo Cariolato vs Chuck Hammond German (SS) winvery close game, 5 and half german squad were exited, it all boiled down to one german squad AM in the open under the gun and MG of a T34/85 it passed the PIN check result for advancing out to victory. Atipical and Reccomanded scenario.
2015-01-17(D) Jeff B vs Aaron Cleavin German (SS) winIt doesn't seem the Russians have enough initial force to hold back the German mob, though a malf'd MA on one of the two tanks didn't help. A perfectly sized and positioned German rear guard severely limited the Russian reinforcements from helping the cause much.
2015-01-16(A) Dan Best vs Paul Chamberland Russian win
2015-01-01(D) Lionel Colin vs Hardrada German (SS) winPBEM game.
2014-11-26(A) Paolo Cariolato vs fdpra Russian win
2014-11-07(A) Kevin Killeen vs Ken Young German (SS) winVASL
2014-10-07(A) Kevin Killeen vs Rob Banozic Russian winASLOK.
2014-05-15(D) X von Marwitz vs Daniel Takai Russian winThe following is a review of a late playtest-version of this scenario. The only difference to the published scenario was that the printed depletion numbers of the German AFV were reduced by 3. Review: The scenario is good as it presents a very unusual situation by having the defending side enter after the attacking side AND to have most of the defending force actually chasing the attacking side. This is coupled with interesting terrain and a good mix of units. The atmosphere of the scenario is tense as the Russian blocking force sharply feels its inferiority to the oncoming Germans. The German knows that he HAS to be quick to overwhelm the blocking force before the chasing Russians can do serious damage – but they have to find the roadblock that will be hindering one of the quick routes into the village. The Germans have to carefully consider how many and which forces to assign to its “delaying force”. If it is too small, the Russians might crush it too quickly and catch up. If it is too large, it might have trouble to fall back in time and make the exit requirement difficult to archieve. The SSR granting one HS's worth of EVP per AFV nicely induces the historical situations of some AFVs being the rear-guard of the Germans. German advantages: The Germans have one free MPh to enter free of any thread whatsoever. They can move quickly taking full advantage of carrying Riders and being CE. While it is important for them to find the Roadblock quickly, it is quite likely that they can do so during turn 1 or at least rule out one of the prime spots for it which enables them to make a good guess for its whereabouts. Then the Germans have a full 2nd MPh in which they can take up position with their delaying force completely unhindered as the turn 1 Russians will not be able nor willing to move out of the village. The German “advance force” can still move about very quickly and can take advantage of the situation, that the Russian can hardly defend all approaches through the village effectively. This 2nd turn will set the German Schwerpunkt. The German has two Shermans with sM8. In 1945 they are very strong with PFs and dangerous to unsupported Russian tanks – a likely situation as the Russian infantry will have trouble keeping up with the tanks. The TD is very tough to kill for the Russians frontally while very dangerous to any of the Russian tanks. The German ELR is 5. German Disadvantages: The exit VP requirement of 6 squad equivalents is tough. This is roughly half of their OoB. If they allow the Russian “chasing force” to overtake or tie them down, they are in trouble. Russian Advantages: The HIP roadblock is of some advantage because it forces the German to find it and to possibly redeploy and/or accept delay. The Russians have a quick and good tank force of Guards status with a good chance of special ammo (or that extra shot). The infantry of the Russian is of good quality. Russian Disadvantages: Despite having quick tanks and the theoretical possibility to use Riders to get someplace quickly, they won't be able to do so if the German defender knows what he is doing. While the German can speed around in complete safety at start, the Russian will be facing some Germans waiting for them. The Germans can either cause delay or victims by blocking the two quick routes on offer for the Russians. First option is along the 50U9/U5 road which can be well covered by a 5-4-8+LMG a tank with its MGs and the TD. The second option is 50GG7 that invites the Russian to force a Trailbreak. A force of two German HS and a full Squad and the PSK will make any attempt there dangerous and likely costly. Trying to get through the deep stream and emerging uphill is very slow going for infantry and puts the risk of bog-checks on the tanks. Movement through the woods and/or across the hills will take a lot of time, too. That said, the Russian will have a difficult time to catch up with the German infantry. Using Riders against opposition is hazardous, risking a MC on the vehicle, one bailing out and a third one when being attacked by the RFP of the original attack after having bailed out – not to mention, that any SW will be destroyed when bailing out...
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Avg Rating: 7.50Votes: 14
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Estimated Play time: 6.1 hours
Recorded Games: 10
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Pain in the Neck
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[A] German 22
[D] Russian 27
Thursday 05 December 2019 03:29:04 PM  (c)dramsey 2019