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Crickets in Spring ETO (id:#63052)
(ASL Action Pack #13 Oktoberfest XXXII ID:AP 131)
Designer: Bill Sisler
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Balance:
German (SS)Russian
Overview:
The Lake Balaton offensive, code named FRUHLINGSERWACHEN (Spring Awakening) began on 6 March. The “Hitlerjugend” division launched its part of the attack at 0400. The first day was disappointing as the division made little progress against the Soviet 26th Army. On 7 March, the Germans attacked again. SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 attacked Fekete-Puszta, but gained very little ground before being stopped by heavy resistance. SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26 made much better progress in its attack since it was supported by a panzer battalion and part of a self-propelled gun battalion. Its Bataillon II advanced further south but was stalled on the outskirts of Aranyos-Puszta. The Soviets launched a number of counterattacks, especially against the German right flank, but tanks and three Grille self-propelled guns supported the defense.
Attacker: German (SS) (Bataillon II, SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26, SS-Panzer-Division 12 "Hitlerjugend")
Defender: Russian (26th Army)  
Turns: 7     Players: 2     OBA: None     Night: No
Aranyos-Puszta, Hungary 1945-07-07
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:12.0 D:12.0
AFVs: A:10
PzKpfw VG x 3
sIG 38(t)M x 3
SPW 251/10 x 1
SPW 251/1 x 3

D:6
T-34/85 x 6

Guns: A:0 D:3
76.2mm P obr. 39 x 3
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: EC MUD, all roads are paved.
Map Board(s): 11 64 65
Overlays: NONE
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2019-04-20(A) Andy Beaton vs Richard Hooks German (SS) winRussian defence was set up too far back, which allowed the Germans a foothold in the town. The Crickets should have been left off board for all the good they did, but the Panther scored two crits on the T34's and two others fell to barrages of panzerfausts. Fun scenario.
2018-02-18(A) Michael Augustine vs Jeff Fortin German (SS) win
2018-02-03(A) Gordon Jupp vs Derek Cox German (SS) winCracking scenario, with lots of options for both sides in terms of strategy...Derek chose to upfront the 76L guns, one of which Malfd almost immediately and the second was taken out by the German Infantry by T2. This allowed the panthers a bit more freedom and risking bog, one went across country on the right to interdict the flank entry road and another moved up into the outskirts of the village. Both got quick kills against the oncoming T34/85's and the tide had turned. The killer was the CH by the 37L HT against another T34/85 and the Russians were now up against it and although there was some further trading of CVP on T5 the Russians lost 2 leaders and a squad for failure to rout and it was all over....
2018-01-28(A) jon smith vs russian German (SS) winfirst turn saw 2 panthers break main guns, and both were recalled in next turn when they railed to repair. We nearly restarted, but germans decided to keep going. With the german inf pushing directly to the hill in the middle, the half tracks stayed at the back out of sight and danger, Russian tank riders split evenly either side of the hill and germans refused left flank with a cricket, held hill in centre with the 10-2 leader and 3 MMc, and everything else pushed down road on right, the crickets removed the Russian artillery and the lone panther seemed impervious to all attempts to kill it, Russian tanks fell to fausts and the panther was free to hunt, finally the half tracks raced from the back and prevented Russians from routing giving germans the win.
2017-12-03(D) Jeff B vs John Fedoriw German (SS) winThe Russians chose to make a defiant stand on the hilltop, parking and concealing tanks in the orchards while the infantry stood by waiting to blast the Germans at point blank. The Germans took a safe and methodical approach to dislodging them, grabbing buildings on the way. The big swing in balance was on Turn 4 after the Crickets entered. The Germans made an admitted error by leaving them relatively exposed and in motion to a T34 that decided to go a-hunting, but a CH by one of them turned him into a flaming wreck. This emboldened one of the Tigers to challenge the hilltop AFVs and two more T34s were turned into scrap metal. The Russians still had not revealed two of their guns (the first Malfing and breaking down very early in the game), hoping that at least one Tiger would come into their scopes. But Turn 5 saw some extremely hot German dice, knocking out another tank and breaking a boatload of infantry. With the score 29:48 the Russians conceded.
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Avg Rating: 7.46Votes: 13
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To-Play list count: 2
Estimated Play time: 8.8 hours
Recorded Games: 10
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