All three of the AP rounds that shrug off a brassy overcoat during this minute of play-by-comment Combat Mission: Red Thunder, hit their intended target, but only one earns a gun barrel kill ring. Click the orange rectangle below to discover the identity of the assassin and the assassinated.
Perhaps fearing a shell ‘where the sun don’t shine’, the contest’s heaviest heavweight commences Turn #2 with a volte-face and a short trundle southward.
Naturally enough, the Tiger also seems pretty T-34-fixated this turn. Grinding across Warsaw Street, it skirts the north-eastern side of the brewery then veers right, its KwK 36 trained on the potential T-34 exits in b and c14.
The Tiger TC’s hunch proves correct, but reticence on the part of the T-34 (it stops halfway along the righthand alley) means the cat-and-mouse will continue next turn.
There’s no shortage of dynamism on the eastern side of the Vistula this turn. After a short pause the Jagdpanzer slayer scurries in the direction of the northern bridge (it’s still moving at T+60)…
…and the SU-100 occupies a spot between two blasted buildings from which it could, if CMRT’s graphics perfectly aligned with its simulatory core, molest the stationary Panther’s protruding muzzle brake.
Said muzzle brake vents gasified shell propellant at T+25.
A split second later, the 75mm armour bodkin launched by the escaping gas, immobilises the Soviet Sherman which has just rolled into view on Willow Street.
Ignoring the smoke curling around their boots and the curses of the injured driver and assistant driver below them, the three men in the turret of the disabled M4A2 reply almost instantaneously.
An AP round flashes low over Boleslav Bridge de-tining a Neptunian trident as it does so.
Unfortunately for the Shermen, the Panther’s gun mantlet proves more resilient than the trident.
The Soviet gunner is adjusting his aim and the loader thrusting another round into the hot breech when the Panther’s second dispatch arrives. This one finishes off the assistant driver and FUBARs the blue team’s imported MBT.
^ End of turn positions
^ Initial positions and rough guide to movement. German: T = Tiger, P = Panther, KT = King Tiger, J = Jagdpanzer. Soviet: IS = IS-2, T = T-34-85, SU = SU-100, M = M4A2(76) Sherman
^ Extra info about the situation in the SW. The Tiger is turning/reversing when the clock stops.
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