Thanks to recent victories, the training of the Solidarity Division moved south into open fields on the left bank of the Elbe
After the humiliating defeat of the Soviet First Solidarity Tank Battalion in the first exercise, the Soviet commander insisted on a second test. Because the T64 is an open country tank, and because High Command wanted the division in place where it could be used as reserves, this exercise took place in farm country south of the Elbe.
The brand new T64Bs of 2nd Solidarity Tank Battalion were still detraining, so the 2nd used War Reserve T55s found in a nearby depot. All hits and damage were scored by the judging team as if these were T64s. (put a different way, it was cold, I brought the wrong box of tanks down from my car, and didn't feel like walking back outside to get them. nearly 5" of snow fell last week in Pgh; not a record, but certainly a surprise).
Our forces. The two pictures are his units - T55 battalion, T72 battalion, artillery recon, and his little dogs too. I have 10 tanks and 3 BMPs
We played Annihilation, and Brusilov set out a bunch of T72s after I was deployed. Can hardly complain, because I do that all the time. Consequences of it are above - 7 T72s fired scoring 6 hits and destroying 5 T72s; magically bounced one.
I returned fire after adjusting tanks somewhat. Essentially I fired 8 shots (5 T64, 3 BMP-2) and hit 5 times. Killed three T72s and bailed 2 more. A failed morale check raised the score by 1.
Brusilov kept the pressure on while maneuvering the T55s. He barely squeezed in a template from his 2S1s killing a BMP-2 and hammered my surviving T64s with his T72s AND the Spandrels. I managed to save a couple hits, but still lost two T64s. Leaving me with 3 T64s and 2 BMPs, if you are counting.
My Turn 2 saw me kill his T72 battalion commander and bail 2 more T72s with missiles, and he promptly remounted. Turn 3 saw Brusilov effectively miss (I rolled high saves for his two hits), giving me another chance. I drove my surviving T64s into the T72s to get the tree between them and his hill. Managed to kill one T72 and bail the other. If memory serves, that company finally lost morale. Then he declassified how much stuff was in the T72 battalion that wasn't dead, making the loss of T72s not important.
His turn 4 saw the BRDMs finally make it around the big hill and machinegun my surviving BMP-2s who burned or bailed, and then the bailed survivor left. He pumped fire at my Battalion commander, which I save but for one missile that tied and bailed me. His Spandrels finished off my remaining company. A close reading of the rules shows that a battalion commander can carry on, and on, and on, and once bailed he passed every company morale check but could never pass a remount. No mercy, as they say.
Meanwhile, one T55 company tried and failed twice to climb the hill to the left of the BRDMS you see above. Finally, on the third attempt, one mounted the hill, eliminating concealed+GTG from the equation, and tossed a '5'. Mercy killing, I'd say.
Game over, Brusilov's East Germans winning, 5-2