2nd game was dust up and I was playing against Luke and his Soviet Light Tank Company. At first I heard I was playing a Soviet army and was very excited about playing a themed opponent. Then I saw Luke’s army and realised he had about as many tanks as I had infantry stands.
I think all up there were 3 platoons of 10 T-26s, 5 AA trucks, 10 flame thrower tanks, a platoon of BT-7a’s and sporadic air support.
For my deployment, I deployed the 2 Jaakari platoons and both Anti-tank rifle platoons on the board. I tried to stretch the deployment of the lahti’s as much as possible to cover the potential approaches of the tank hordes. I wanted to keep my tank platoons in reserve to hopefully create a strong counter attack. My deployment can be soon below, covering both objectives.
Luke deployed his 3 T-26 platoons. They were deployed in a position to allow a platoon to attack from each flank and one platoon to stay back and defend the objectives.
The 1st few turns were rather uneventful. Luke was moving into attack position with 2 of his platoons waiting for his reserves to arrive and generally steering clear of the Lahti’s in the process
Turn 3 saw the arrival of Luke’s flame thrower tanks on my right flank. I only had 1 lahti covering this flank and it was too far away for my tank platoons to get to when they arrived from reserve, this could be troubling.
My turn 3 started well, I managed to get my air support on in a good position to attack the T-26 platoon, which were getting ready to attack one of the objectives.
Now this air strike seemed like it was going to be fantastic opportunity to take out a lot of these T-26s. I got 5 tanks under the template and flew away with only 1 tank bailed out 🙁
My turn 4 started really well, rolling 2 5’s for my reserves, getting both tank platoons on from reserve.
The Panssari Christie arrived in a good attacking position to one of the T-26 platoons that were already contesting the objective. Along with some support from 2 of my T-26s I was hoping to take out a significant number of tanks from this platoon.
My shooting from the tanks proved to be really successful, destroying 4 tanks and bailing out another 2.
Next turn I managed to finish this platoon off with more shooting from my tanks, however, lost quite a few from return fire. My T-26 platoon has also engaged in a shooting match with Luke’s T-26 platoon that was holding his objective. Luke decided the time to attack had come and launched a assault into the teams defending the forward objective. My counter attack involved 2 close defence teams and a boys anti tank rifle, so I was confident that I could see off the assault. That confidence soon eroded. I managed to keep hitting with everything but the close defence teams, to make things worse, Luke’s “conscript tanks” must have been Spetsnaz in disguise as he managed a lot of hits Final result from the counter attack, 7 dead infantry stands, 1 destroyed tank and my forward objective in Luke’s control.
I managed to keep going for a couple more turns feeding infantry stands to the objective and getting the remaining BT-7s in a contesting position
The flame thrower tanks reached my lines and made short work of all the infantry that were there
At this point I wasn’t able to get anything in a position to contest the forward objective and Luke won the game 5-2.
This was a really tough game and showed me that I really do need some more AT capability in my army. I also learnt not to underrate Conscript troops as they sheer volume became really tough to deal with. The other final take away, is do everything possible to stop flame tanks getting to your lines. Once they reach your line, it pretty much ceases to exist.