This was a 6mm IABSM game played at Gigabites Cafe in Feb 2014. It was loosely based on the German defence of Kantemirovka airfield by gruppe Tyroller (Kdr le Flak Abt 84 (mot)) during the Little Saturn operation in December 42 - January 43.
From December 20-23 1942, elements of the Soviet 1st Guards Army broke through the front held by the Italian 8th Army and advance to the outskirts of Kantemirovka and pushed recon units beyond the town, momentarily cutting the railway. The line was quickly restored and H Gr B was ordered to hold it. On December 24, "stutzpunkt kantemirovka"was being held by just 500 men. By December 25, the 1st Guards spearhead had been deflected away from the rail line, passed 40-50 kilometres to the east of Millerovo and had driven further southeast threatening the key supply airfield at Tatsinskaya (subject of the Osprey Red Christmas Raid book), which is 200 kilometres SE of Kantermirovka. On December 26 a company of reinforcements were flown in by JU52s. From December 29 on, most of the Soviet pressure was on Millerovo and between Kantemirovka and Millerovo, but on December 31 a strong Russian attack on Kantemirovka was thrown back with the loss of 10 tanks (info from Axis History Forum).
I realized that the actual dimensions would be way too large to cover in a Saturday game on a 4x6 table, so made some compromises. I wanted to have the defenders threatened with an actual overrun and not able to hold off the attackers at long range and off the table. So decided that the attack would happen in an early morning fog, like the successful raid on Tatsinskaya.
The defences would consist of several small defence platoons and AAA guns. All units could be dug in. The Luftwaffe defenders had five small platoons of two sections each, five MMG sections, three 88mm and three 20mm AA guns.
The attacking units were from the 17th Army Corp under General Polubojarov. By the time they arrive near the air field their units were pretty weak. The Russian players had three 'small' tank units with tank riders.
We had an incredible turnout for this game. Besides some of the usual suspects, a gang of 4 came up from Savannah and Statesboro. So an abundance of games for a 4 player game.