Years & Counting ...
Rich Northey and Chuck Leonard add
a Panzer Leader board.
Alan Arvold vs Greg Tanner
An Old Favorite
This year saw several players who had not played a game of
PanzerBlitz in several decades sit down for a game from
their youth. The GM, Rick Northey, found himself playing a lot
of games with grognards who wandered in to refresh their memories
on maneuvering armor and following up with infantry close assaults.
Also in the mix were several new situations undergoing playtesting
for a tournament debut in 2014.
The final four making the elimination rounds were past champs
Greg Tanner and Bert Schoose, Alan Arvold and newcomer Art Dohrman,
a WBC first timer but no rookie at PanzerBlitz. Both pairs
selected Situation 14. This is the first situation published
in The General, (Vol 11, No 4, Nov 1974) after the game's
publication. This battle is a German counterattack of a Russian
fixed headquarters in the town of Bednost on top of hill 132
on board 2, followed by attempts by Russian reinforcements to
envelop the smaller German force.
Both games were close. Bert's Germans opposed Art in semi
#1. Bert attacked the hilltop, rolled no sixes, and eliminated
the CP on Turn 2. Art's Russian reinforcement column raced toward
the hill. At this point, Bert split his forces into two groups.
A battle group of infantry and tanks defended the hill, and a
diversionary recce group fled to concealing terrain on board
1. The battle raged on hill132 until Turn 5, when Bert decided
that discretion was the better part of valor and retreated into
board 1 with the rest of his forces. At this point, the score
favored Burt 27 - 24. Art needed to gain just four points in
three turns. The challenge was to maneuver on the rugged terrain
of board 1 and trap German units hiding there. Georgi Zhukov,
the famous Russian general once said: "The nature of encounter
operations require of the commanders, limitless initiative, and
constant readiness to take the responsibility for military actions."
By Turn 8, Art had closed to within one point, and had one small
patch of swamp preventing his tanks from moving in to destroy
a stray infantry platoon. Bert held on to claim victory 27-26.
second semi unfolded quite differently with the Russian CP surviving
in Bednost for three turns and the reinforcement column being
effectively delayed by Alan's German recce force blocking the
roads. By Turn 4, the battle began on the hill, and most of the
German units fled onto board 3. Here, with more open terrain
to work with, Greg's highly maneuverable T34 tanks were able
to catch isolated German units. Alan led 25 - 14 by Turn 6 with
just two turns remaining. At this point, Alan decided to shift
his force toward board 1 to take cover in the terrain there.
However, a few key Russian units were able to block all the roads,
denying access to cover the Germans needed to avoid encirclement.
Georgi Zhukov: "There are things in Russia that are not
what they seem". Greg was then able to systematically destroy
several German units to pull out a 28-25 Russian victory in another
The Final game between the two former champions was a revised
Situation 45. For better play balance at this year's WBC, a turn
was added making the game last six turns. The German victory
conditions were also altered to focus on defending towns. This
made the situation play much more aggressively at the end of
the game, where Russian casualties were not as much of a factor.
Preliminary playings of this altered scenario had revealed more
Greg set up his German defense in the usual configuration
with an artillery force in Opustoschenia and companies of infantry,
mortars and AT guns in the woods to the West and SW of Zabrenia.
Bert then rushed his Russian armored force at the first town
and ended up wiping out the artillery batteries by Turn 3. At
this point the Russians had sustained six casualties to the German's
eight. Bert had to destroy three more German units while losing
no more than one of his own. Otherwise Bert would have to throw
his entire force at the German defenders to eliminate 11 more
Germans. As the Russian tanks closed with the fixed German positions,
German AT gunners missed some important shots that could have
made it difficult going for the Russians. With those guns out
of action, the Russian tanks were able to occupy the second town
and secure victory. Bert was awarded this year's diorama along
with his third title.
GM Rich Northey supports the event
with a special diorama prize.
The finalists now each have three