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WWII Barbarossa – Battle Of Raseiniai (28th July)

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The Battle of Raseiniai

The Battle of Raseiniai (23–27 June 1941, Lithuania) was a large tank battle that took place in the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The battle was fought between the elements of the German 4th Panzer Group and the Soviet 3rd and 12th Mechanised Corps, in Lithuania, 75 km (47 mi) north-west of Kaunas.

This battle was the first time the Germans encountered the mighty KV tanks and T-34s. Iinitially they struggled to counter them as their anti-tank weapons simply bounced off, they relied on bringing up the 88mm guns, and using whatever artillery they had to disable the tanks by shooting the tracks, even resorting to sticky bombs!

The soviets were hampered with no effective terrain maps of the area and were starved of fuel and ammo resupply due to the locations of these depots far from their current location and lack of adequate numbers of trucks to convoy the supplies needed.

In brief the Soviet 2nd Tank Division numbered almost 9,400 men and consisted of approximately 225 tanks including around 50 KVs plus 90 armoured cars.  The 6th Panzer division numbered 239 tanks, the bulk of the tanks being the Czech built Pz 35(t), with a solid core of Pz IV supported by Pz IIs and a few Pz IIIs.

Our game will focus on the counter attack made by the Soviet 2nd Tank Division of the 3rd Mechanised Corps following the capture of Raseiniai by the 6th Panzer Division. The battle front was only 10km wide so a large concentration of armour was possible.

The soviet objective is to take the town of Raseiniai, while the Germans is to re-establish the bridgehead over the Dubysa River and destroy the 2nd Tank Division.

Each player will command at least a Company level of forces (1000pts+), possibly up to a Battalion (1251+pts) depending on player numbers.

There are 10 places available.

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The Battle of Raseiniai

The Battle of Raseiniai (23–27 June 1941, Lithuania) was a large tank battle that took place in the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The battle was fought between the elements of the German 4th Panzer Group and the Soviet 3rd and 12th Mechanised Corps, in Lithuania, 75 km (47 mi) north-west of Kaunas.

This battle was the first time the Germans encountered the mighty KV tanks and T-34s. Iinitially they struggled to counter them as their anti-tank weapons simply bounced off, they relied on bringing up the 88mm guns, and using whatever artillery they had to disable the tanks by shooting the tracks, even resorting to sticky bombs!

The soviets were hampered with no effective terrain maps of the area and were starved of fuel and ammo resupply due to the locations of these depots far from their current location and lack of adequate numbers of trucks to convoy the supplies needed.

In brief the Soviet 2nd Tank Division numbered almost 9,400 men and consisted of approximately 225 tanks including around 50 KVs plus 90 armoured cars.  The 6th Panzer division numbered 239 tanks, the bulk of the tanks being the Czech built Pz 35(t), with a solid core of Pz IV supported by Pz IIs and a few Pz IIIs.

Our game will focus on the counter attack made by the Soviet 2nd Tank Division of the 3rd Mechanised Corps following the capture of Raseiniai by the 6th Panzer Division. The battle front was only 10km wide so a large concentration of armour was possible.

The soviet objective is to take the town of Raseiniai, while the Germans is to re-establish the bridgehead over the Dubysa River and destroy the 2nd Tank Division.

Each player will command at least a Company level of forces (1000pts+), or up to a Battalion (1251+pts):

  • When & Where:
    08:30-17:30 Sunday 28th July 2024. Big Battles Ltd, Unit 3 Cirencester Business Estate, Esland Place, Off Love Lane, Cirencester, GL7 1YG
  • Figure Scale:
    28mm and 1/48th Vehicles
  • Rules Used:
    Battlegroup and Barbarossa Supplement amended for 28mm ranges & movement
  • Table Size:
    24ft wide by 18ft deep (split into three tables each of 24ft x6ft)
  • Number Players:
    Minimum 6, maximum 10 players (3 to 5 players per side – Multiplayer Game)
  • Special Scenario Rules:
    No air cover:
    During the battle of Raseiniai there was no effective Soviet air cover as it was mostly destroyed prior to the battle, and the German Luftwaffe was engaged with the 12 Mechanised corps to the north and surprisingly did not send any meaningful air cover to support the 6th Panzer Division at Raseiniai even though were repeatedly asked. (all air craft tokens will be removed)
    Ammo: Ammo will be tracked per AFV but no need to track HE/AP usage as we will assume for simplicity that the relevant ammo is available as the game system already assume on average 1 ammo per 10 rounds actual.
    Special Counters: A number of Special Counters will be added to the normal pool of battlegroup counters to add theatre and forces flavour to the game.
    A 6 does not always hit!: If a 7 is neeed to hit then the player must first roll a 6, followed by a 2nd roll of 4,5 or 6. If an 8 is needed then the player must first roll a 6, followed by a 2nd roll of 5 or 6, and a 9 to hit requires a 6 followed by a 2nd roll of 6
  • Price:
    £25 per person, includes morning doughnuts and free tea, coffee, squash and biscuits
  • What do you need to bring?:
    Just yourself! We provide everything else you need to play!
  • Food:
    We are blessed with a plethora of eating establishments within 5 minutes’ walk of Big Battles, including: Humble Bakery, Gilos (BBQ, Meats and Streets), Subway, Greggs, KFC, Dominos, Odd Socks Café, Lidl, Dolcetti Ice cream, Jesse Smith Farm Shop. A 5min drive gets you to McDonalds, Chinese, Indian and Pizza and Kebab and of course a Chippy! Hopefully something for everyone!

There are 10 places available.

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