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Advance to Rostov Campaign Game

Tom Schumacher adapted an Advanced Squad Leader system for developing campaigns which can be found here. He used it to develop a campaign game set in the critical period after Stalingrad was surrounded in December 1942. The Russians attacked toward Rostov and threatened to cut off not only the troops in Stalingrad, but all those who had moved to the areas South and East and were not in the pocket. He and his group played this campaign game over several sessions, generating a series of linked scenarios.

December 23

The first scenario - the initial Russian attack.
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Tatsinskaya
Tatsinskaya
The town of Tatsinskaya on Dec 23rd, the first game. This was the one of the primary objectives.
Russians Attack
Russians Attack
Turn 2, the Russians move to sweep around to the north side of the town, while German air support tries to delay the Russian advance.
Russians Attack 2
Russians Attack 2
Turn 2, another view of the Russian advance. In the background, 2 T70 tanks have discovered the German minefields.
Fight for the town
Fight for the town
Turn 4, The Russian have a foothold in the town, while Russian T34 tanks move in.
Flank attack
Flank attack
Turn 8, Russian T34 tanks move around to the east side of town to out flank the German defenders.
Close Quarters
Close Quarters
Turn 9, The Russians find the fighting in the close quarters of the town can be deadly to tanks!
Aborted Attack on the Airfield
Aborted Attack on the Airfield
Turn 11, The Russians tried to take the airfield and found the Germans had a trap set with the horse drawn anti-tank guns.

December 24

The second scenario - the fight for the airfield.
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Russian setup
Russian setup
The Russians line up for the attack. The Russians have captured Tatsinskaya and now move toward the second object, the air airfield.
Geramans delay
Geramans delay
The Germans attempt to slow down the Russian advance with Pak38/97 anti-tank guns, AA guns, and wire.
Ridge Line
Ridge Line
A Russian view of the ridge line.
Russians advance
Russians advance
Russian T34ís and tank riders advance up to the ridge.
Minefield
Minefield
A T34 finds a minefield on the road.
Close Quarters
Attack continues
Overall view of the Russian attack. In the background another T34 is brewed up in another minefield.
Dreaded 88s
Dreaded 88s
The German 88ís are revealed and strike fear in the Russians!
Russian Fall Back
Russian Fall Back
The Russian commander on this side of the attack retreats from the ridge line after suffering a loss to the 88ís. this is a first for Ron, since his motto is the best defense is to attack!
Fight for the airfield
Fight for the airfield
The fighting is intense for control of the airfield.
More fighting
More fighting
Another view of the fight for the airfield
Russians take the airfield
Russians take the airfield
The Russians have eliminated the German defenders, and have control of the airfield.
Russians regroup
Russians regroup
The Russians regroup before they take on the 88ís.
Russian piecemeal attack
Russian piecemeal attack
The piecemeal attack against the 88ís will cost the Russians later in the campaign.
88 is destroyed
88 is destroyed
Losses mount, but at 1 88 is gone!.
Final Assault
Final Assault
The final assault, but at a great loss.

December 26

After a day where both sides regroup, comes the third scenario, a German counterattack. At the end of the day, both sides agreed that the Russians had suffered sufficient losses that they could not hold through the 27DEC scenario, and the campaign was adjudicated to be a German victory.
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Germans advance
Germans advance
The Germanís advance to retake the airfield first. The Russians have a small force, that takes a toll on the attackers. A German halftrack is burning in the background. The T34ís without the turrets are the remains of the Russian attack to take the airfield.
Germans head toward the town
Germans head toward the town
The Germanís have taken the airfield and are now advancing on the town.
Another view of the advance
Another view of the advance
Another view of the German advance, now under Russian Rocket attack.
Closing in on the town
Closing in on the town
The Germans have discovered the Russian defenders on the edge of town. In the background, additional German forces advance down the railroad embankment.
Another view of the attackers
Another view of the attackers
Another view of the German reinforcements.
German attack succeeds but stalls
German attack succeeds but stalls
The Germans have a foothold on the town, but causalities among the panzer grenadiers, prevent them from advancing any further.
Russian Infantry Guns
Russian Infantry Guns
Another view of the German attack on the town. Russian Infantry Guns can be quite deadly!
Lone T34 Scores
Lone T34 Scores
The Germans discover the lone T34 on the west side of town.
Germans Take revenge
Germans Take revenge
The German have revenge for their loss. Another burning T34!

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