Soviet Winter Offensive Jan 1943 Desantny

The Soviet Winter Offensive taxed the Luftwaffe to the limit, with servicability dropping as ground crews struggled in atrocious conditions to keep airframes ready for operations, and airstrips clear for flying.

Tante Ju

One such airfield (Flugplatz Lotti) near VELIKIE LUKIE, was thought to be safely beyond the reach of the enemy. It contained four Geschwäder : JG 54 (Bf 109), KG76 (Ju 88), StG 1 (Ju 87), KG zbV 102 (Ju 52) and a NaGruppe with Uhus.

Flugplatz Lotti

See Phil’s blog for his thoughts on the use of Soviet desantny forces. The two regiments that he deployed brought with them T-60 tanks and the spearhead of the tank and mechanised corps that had broken through from VYSHNY VOLOCHYOK.

The Outer Defences of Lotti are Assailed

Although the Airfield was defended by two reduced regiments of well-armed Luftwaffe ground troops, their morale was simply not up to the task of holding the airfield. An undignified scramble of aircraft and logistic units exiting the base was observed as the unlucky defenders desperately hung on to the perimeter

Logistic Units Scramble for Safety

Before long, Soviets were swarming over the airfield. They have been doing that a lot of late. Casualties were heavy

Game Notes

YesThatPhil got the chance to showcase his new Peter Pig Soviet Scouts. I gave my rebased Luftwaffe field division its second airing. It behaved commendably badly, as one might epect. The air base was laid out in advance and Phil’s brief was:

“commit what you think that you need to take the airfield.”

He finished the job in about an hour of playing, which enabled the whole scenario to be finished from start to finish in about two hours. Coffee, chocolate, cheese and biscuits stopped anyone from starving.

I rated the Luftwaffe division as conscript and the Soviets as veteran.



Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Air Forces, Axis War Diary, German Airforce, Land Battles, Soviet War Diary, Wargames, WWII

4 responses to “Soviet Winter Offensive Jan 1943 Desantny

  1. I enjoyed this. I’ve never been accused of being the sharpest tool in the shed so forgive my naivety but are your games based on actual historical events?


    • Hi IRO,
      The campaign started in the mid-1980s using frank Chadwick’s Bathtub Barbarossa as the background and orbat, but NQM rules as the campaign engine. From there it very quickly spiralled out of control with my own orbats and a much reduced figure scale, to more accurately reflect the real orbats. Moscow and Leningrad fell to the Germans, I moved house, adopted 15mm and kept the campaign running. So the history deviated from actual events pretty early on, but I keep referencing real orbats to tie it in. I ‘m planning on finishing sometime in…. awww, who am I kidding?
      I do also plan real set pieces such as Alamein and Stalingrad. I have played Stalingrad, Tobruk and Kursk as historical games with NQM too.

      Regards, Chris

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  2. MGH

    Being a long time follower of this blog, the game is actually part of very long running campaign played out by the owner and various friends assisting him. But I’m sure Chris will be along soon with a better response!

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  3. Nicely summarised!

    I’m not sure that my longer response is at all better 🙂

    Regards, Chris.


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