The scenario was one for an alternate 1948 where the Soviets faced NATO including the remnants of Nazi Germany, the US, Canada, France, and Great Britain. It was really an excuse for Martin to get out his Panzer-Disney toys - the stuff on the drawing board and the proving ground that never made it into production. The West was heavily outnumbered but was dug in - sort of. There were also two twists in the plot. First, a convoy of vehicles carrying special scientific equipment had to get through, although the two vehicles containing the graduate students were expendable. Second, a group of jeeps and a civilian car carrying General "Buck" Turgedson's mistress needed to get off the board. The scenario allowed for certain things to happen once those groups got off the board. We were using Iron Ivan's "Disposable Heroes" rules with no infantry and ignoring the "target acquisition" rule for expediency.
The Soviets attacked with T-10s, JS-IIIs, KV-5s, T-44s, T-54s, and an incredible amout of T-34/85s. Defending were German tanks like the Maus, the E-100 with twin squeeze-bore 88s, and a bunch of Jagdpanzers from the drawing boards, all with huge cannon. The US was represented by 2 M35 Taylor heavy tanks and 2 M106 heavy tanks. The French contributed 2 AMX-13s, and the Canadians entered later with Centurion Vs and IIIs.
|Andy and Derek set up the Soviets while take "the pause that refreshes."|
|Some of Martin's German stuff - A Löwe, the E-100, and the Maus|
|The American M103s and M35s. The French AMX-13s are just on the edge of the photo.|
|Paper houses - inexpensive and always worthwhile!|
|From later in the game - Kevin's Cossack charge of the T-34's|
|The scientific convoy of two half-tracks crammed with grad students and a Raupenschlepper Ost full of science stuff.|
(A favoured quote from MST3K - "Turn up the Flash Gordon noise and bring in more science stuff!")
|The mistress convoy at high speed.|
|JS-IIIs disguised as JS-II's (Models I traded to Andy for something, I don't remember what.)|
|JS-IIIs... I thought these were great models.|
|The Tiger III and the Löwe brew up.|
|The scientific convoy make way for the Canadian Centurions. The lead tank is a Centurion V but Martin had to use a German Leopard II model. The others are Centurion IIIs.|
|The Maus brewed up real good!|
|Urrah! Urrah! Urrah! De Cossaquibus!|
Kevin's horde roars in as more wait to enter.
|JS-IIIs negotiate the small woods and the little wall. That a T-10 burning on the far left. I discovered later that the T-10 was to be called the JS-IV, but Stalin died and fell out of favour, so the designation had to be changed,|
|Geez-Louize! Dere are a lot o' dem tanks out dere, heyna?|
|Martin's Centurions - I was impressed and still am. I like the Leopard too, but I've always liked the Leopard.|
|Kevin drives his tanks "into my eyes." The tactic worked. The two closest tanks passed the US heavies shortly after this was taken. The German "Emil" tank destroyers have taken it on the chin, as you can see.|