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  1. “Kursk is a horrifying whirlpool” as stated by the German High Command at that time. Yet here is a true story about humanity amidst this whirlpool: From Kursk: The Greatest Battle By Lloyd Clark, p. 328-339 “Having been bombed by the Stukas flying in appalling conditions, blasted by the division's artillery and probed by Mark IVs, Panthers and Tigers supported by infantry and assault guns, the defenders had to be cleared from every last building. Rushed into the line the previous evening, a soaked Igor Panesenko fought with his section in a ruined house: The forward positions eventually began to crack and were destroyed by tanks and infantry. We fought from house to house and room to room . . . As anti-tank guns were quickly destroyed by the armours’ guns, the tanks were assailed by teams which used magnetic mines and Molotov cocktails. The supporting German infantry kept most away . . . [and we] took up a position in an upstairs room with half a floor and no roof. I was a good shot and managed to cause some trouble for the enemy as they stopped to check their position . . . I linked up with another couple of men and tried to stop the enemy from climbing up the stairs to us. There was some hand-to-hand fighting and I grappled with a chap who grabbed my rifle. His teeth were clenched and I could smell his breath as he shouted at me. Then he let go and ran around a corner. A grenade! There was an explosion which threw me to the floor. I came to seconds later with a large German standing over me. For all the barbarity of the Eastern Front and the ferocity that morning in Verkhopenye, Panesenko was helped to his feet by the man whom he had been fighting just seconds before: ‘It reminded me of a football match before the war’ he continues,’where an opponent helps you up after a hard tackle! . . . It was extraordinary, because we had seen what the Germans were capable of. Here I was being let out into the street by a man who had been trying to kill me moments before. He took me to a line of other prisoners. As he left - I’ll never forget this - he looked at me, nodded and smiled. There was a recognition in that brief gesture that we were a part of something bigger than both of us and that we needed to retain our humanity.’
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    My condolences to his family and friends.
  3. Thank you, Mirzayev 🙏🏽 !! Blog also vy interesting!
  4. Here’s some input of mine: * 10 tactical vignettes for Scouts-scenario's: http://www.lesc.net/blog/scouts-contact-tactical-vignettes-cavalry-leaders-book-tactical-decison-exercises-cavalry-leade * "66 Stories of Battle Command" -> straight from the NTC: https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/combat-studies-institute/csi-books/66stories.pdf (I posted this earlier 10 years ago already, but may be of interest to newer forum-members)
  5. Yes pls, for both, but esp. “Battle on the Lomba" by David Mannall Thank you!
  6. Curious about this, thx 🙏🏽
  7. Well, that’s the point in fact: In order to make some “realistic” SB scenario’s, I could use such battle reports, esp. as my own military experience is rather limited and, most importantly in peacetime... To give an example: The attached picture summarizes an attack spread out over three hours by some 40 tanks, with disastrous results for the attacker. I’d like to learn more about this: How it happened, did the attack happen piecemeal (or not !), when & where was the first attempt broken off, was a 2nd attempt done via the same approach-route, ... ? Our SB-soldiers are just 🤖 robots. I need some inspiration to bring some soul in them. Books being expensive, hence my question for advice.
  8. Where could one find detailed battle reports on platoon/company-level of real battles? Detailed: meaning minute-by-minute/hour-by-hour. No preference for the time period, 20st century. Online or books. Thx for giving me some advice: there are so much books out there, that I want to be sure to get what I’m looking for, before spending money ... (nb I scrolled through the books thread)
  9. M1TP2 Then hoping for M1TP3 while reading the M1TP1-manual a lot Then Steel Beasts !
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