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Introduction to Russian Artillery The Russian Call-for-Fire table Setting Up Russian Artillery Pre-planned Fire Scouting Option

Introduction to Russian Artillery

In Battlefront WWII, the Russians are severely restricted in the number and type of fire missions they may perform. Many gamers will be surprised by this, as the Russians were famous for the emphasis they placed on artillery and the large amounts of artillery they fielded. However, at the level that we are simulating in BF, the masses of Russian artillery will not appear. By the time a Battlefront scenario begins, the corps and army level artillery will have already done its work. At the tactical level, the Russians were inflexible in their artillery tactics, as they had few troops with the education and experience needed to call artillery, and relatively primitive communications equipment (they relied extensively on ground lines). With the exception of pre-planned barrages, BF artillery fire is simulating on-call fire on targets of "opportunity" and this type of fire was extremely difficult for the Russians to perform.
Russian Artillery can be classified:

The Russian Call For Fire Table

Russian Call For Fire
The Russian call-for-fire table has one important feature - Very few units can call-for-fire. Another important limitation is that only Russian Forward Observers in an observation post using preregistered fire missions may call concentration missions (p.41).

Scenario Setup-How you start is how you operate.

The setup of the scenario will determine the exact fire missions that can be used by the Russians throughout the game. Unlike the other nations, the Russians should not be able to split off and combine off-board fire. Keep the following points in mind: The above rules show how limited the Russian artillery is in a fluid situation. You can understand why they often used their artillery pieces as direct fire weapons instead of off-board support (FS-03, FS-04, FS-05). The scenario designer may give a choice to the Russian player on how to deploy these assets, but this choice cannot be changed during the course of the game.

Fire Plan

The Russians can have several turns of preplotted fire plans available when on the attack. You can even use the larger guns (152mm guns +1 vs V/+2 vs T,G, sV) that are not listed on the chart on P.37. Unlike the British, a Russian Fire Plan should be relatively uncreative. Static barrages or concentrations should be the rule. The Russian player should plot any such fire before seeing the German deployment.

You can also give the Russians some on-call concentrations from off-board artillery which could also include the larger guns. Target them against a specific geographic point or terrain feature. Once designated, they cannot be adjusted. To use them, a Russian commander, FO or scout must have a clear LOS to the target position and make a successful call for direct support.
Scouting and set-piece battles
Charles Sharp had an interesting way of simulating the pre-planned barrages that were sometimes available at the start of a Russian attack on German defensive positions. He allowed the Germans to have full-strength organizations to start the game along with lots of dummy counters. The Germans would start with each unit represented by a counter (either dummy or real). The Russians would then receive a certain number of "scouts" that represent the intensive reconnaissance that often preceded Russian offensives. Each scouting attempt is resolved separately by revealing German setup counters one-at-a-time until a real German unit is found (i.e. each scout can reveal a single German real unit). At the end of this process, all revealed German units are eliminated to (no die roll required) reflect the massive artillery concentrations that would precede a Russian attack. You can modify this process to restrict scouting attempts to certain parts of the board, or allow each scout to reveal only a certain number of counters, but the basic idea is that known German positions would be annihilated by massive artillery strikes when the Russians started their attack.
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