Been a while since I played Graviteam Tactics: Mius Front. Started a German campaign for the Borki operation (Fateful Strike DLC), and had a couple of battlegroups defending the town of Ryabuhino which immediately came under attack from east and west.
The attack on the east side was not terribly eventful apart from a Soviet KV-1 heavy tank which managed to break through my lines and cause a bit of havoc before wandering in front of an 88 flak gun… the attack on the west was one of the more vicious battles I’ve yet fought in the game.
One battlegroup defending against three. I put my first infantry platoon in some trenches just west of the town, the second in trenches and buildings to cover the north road and the third dispersed in buildings elsewhere to try to cover other approaches. My AT guns were placed to ambush any tanks coming through town on the road, and my two 88s were dug in south of the town to cover the plains.
The Soviets attacked in several waves over two hours, and my platoon dug in west of the town took the brunt of the attacks. Despite being shelled by tanks and mortars and losing half their men, they still took out over 100 enemy soldiers.
I’ve typically had poor luck with infantry taking cover in buildings, where either their sightlines are poor or they all get killed by a direct artillery hit. The squad in this house had neither issue, and left a rather awful trail of destruction on the fields.
The 88s didn’t quite have ideal sightlines over the plains, but this one took out three tanks, two guns and just about saw off an infantry assault.
Under intensive enemy mortar fire, the phone cables between the platoons kept getting cut and the company wire squad diligently relaid them each time. It was surprising they didn’t get exhausted or take more casualties than they did. The guy in this screenshot was lucky a T-60 tank down the road hadn’t noticed him before one of my AT guns took it out.
In the end I lost 62 men and the Soviets lost 227 men, which worked out to be a 30% casualty rate for both sides and a draw overall. At least Ryabuhino was denied to the Soviets for a while longer.