Chuikov’s 8th Guards Army was advancing through lowland, crisscrossed by canals and streams, known as Oderbruch. They had to negotiate the marshy terrain confined to Reichsbahn 1, the area’s main paved road, in order to seize the Seelow Heights. Upon reaching the flooded Hauptgraben Canal, the Russian lead elements found the bridged destroyed and under fire from Tiger and Panther tanks from Panzer Division Muncheberg, along with supporting infantry from Panzer Grenadier Division 20. Russian engineers worked feverishly to complete bridges across the Hauptgraben while Stalin and T-34 tanks at idling on Reichsbahn 1, exposed to enemy fire. Utilizing improved footbridges, Russian infantry began to filter across the canal. Once the engineers had completed a pontoon bridge, Russian tanks began to surge forward again. . .
Attacker: Russian (Elements the 57th Guards Rifle Division and 50th Guards Heavy Tank Regiment)
Defender: German (76th Panzergrenadier Regiment, supported by Panzer Division Müncheberg)
Turns: 6.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Hauptgraben Canal, Germany 1945-03-16
Squads: A:14.0 D:9.0
AFVs: A:6 T-34/85 x 2 IS-2 x 2 IS-2m x 2
D:5 PzKpfw VG x 2 PzKpfw VIE (L) x 2 SPW 251/1 x 1