Operation Hubertus Part I

Chris over at The Sharp End Gaming has been kind enough to fire me off an early Christmas present of sorts, that being a work-in-progress build of the cornerstone scenario of his Eastern Front estab work for Command Operations: Battles from the Bulge. The settings chosen for this attempt are realistic orders delay, historical weather, standard reinforcement schedules and normal supply for both sides.

I am playing this scenario as the Soviets, in control of the 62nd Army which is arrayed on the west bank of the Volga River with several artillery units on the east bank providing indirect fire support. There are a total of 13 objectives during the scenario, and each one is active from the start until the finish with many of them being a mix of occupation/completion point accumulations.


The Soviets start in control of all objectives except for Skudri Crossing (13 Victory Points) and Mokraya Bridge (5 VP).


The 284th Rifle Division is sitting on top of the Lazur Chemical Factory Objective (15 VP) and are ordered to defend there with the following modifications: Facing NW, Ambush and Attacks are checked, 2,000 m Frontage, 700 m Depth and Rest at Minimum.


The 241st Rifle Regiment is literally on top of the Commissar’s House Objective (13 VP) and are ordered to defend there in an All Round Defense Formation with the following modifications: 1,000 m Frontage and Depth, Max Aggro and Rest at Minimum.


The 45th Sapper Battalion are detached from the 39th Guards Rifle Division and are ordered to Deny Crossing at the Crossing 62 Objective (13 VP) with the following modifications: Facing NW, Max Aggro and Rest at Minimum.


The 3rd Battery 2nd Battalion Artillery Regiment is detached from the 37th Guards Rifle Division and are ordered to Defend at the Skudri Crossing Objective (13 Victory Points). This move will place them under my direct control in the FS (fire support) tab and allow me to start accumulating the available 7.5 VP (the remaining are awarded on completion of the scenario to whomever has control of the perimeter).


The 8th Sapper Battalion are detached from the 13th Guards Division and are ordered to Deny Crossing at the Waterworks Ferry Point Objective (5 VP) with the following modifications: Facing NW, Max Aggro and Rest at Minimum.

The remainder of the 13th is ordered to Delay from the Pavlov’s House Objective (10 VP) in three fallback steps to the Krutoy Gully Objective (8 VP) with no modifications to the default parameters.


The 37th Guards Rifle Division is ordered to Delay from the Tractory Factory Objective (10 VP) in three fallback steps to the Skudri Crossing Objective with the following modifications: Rest at Minimum.

This leaves 4,230 personnel remaining which I order to Defend in-situ (to cover the remaining objectives) with the following modifications: Ambush and Attacks are checked and Rest at Minimum.


When 1st Company 1st Battalion 117th Guards (41 personnel) arrive, they are immediately ordered to take a route across the Volga River and up north to the Skudri Crossing Objective to provide support in that sector.

Note: The images above are hosted by a free third-party resource so this post will serve as a test of this site so I can determine how to proceed with an image storage solution.

More to come…

3 comments:

  1. I apologize for the absolute crap quality of these screen shots. I have no idea what Picasa is doing to the images, but on my machine they do not look anywhere near the saved files once uploaded.

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  2. Interested to see how this progresses!

    Are you using the updated objectives file for this?

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