|The battlefield, looking east along to autobahn towards Kustrin.|
Just off the table to the left is the river Oder.
|A small town that is the immediate objective of the German|
right hand column.
|The main German objective: this large town. Possibly it|
|The Soviet rear areas, just west of Kustrin.|
|Looking along the line of the stream and the Soviet|
defences. The rather orphaned infantry gun wants a base
and a crew.
|Russian infantry, armour and anti-tank|
covering the autobahn.
|Grouped plastic infantry - see text. The flagged command|
stand is metal, the flag home made from paper. The flag
was machine generated - I had to design the hammer and sickle
motif pixel by pixel.
|A NQM Rifle Battalion? Figures undercoated black|
and dry-brushed white over the top. Up coming painting
Commander, car/jeep or GAZ,
Signals stand with appropriate comms vehicle
3 Rifle Battalions each with:
1 command + support bases: 1 50mm or 82mm Mortar + 1 MMG + 1 PTRS/PTRD (SP=3)
3 fighting bases (armed with rifles, SMG and LMG) (SP=3).
Total battalion SP=6
1 Artillery Battalion:
0-1 FO; 1x76.2 field artillery (SP=2, or SP=3 for Guards Brigade)
1 Mortar battalion:
0-1 FO: 1x120mm or 82mm mortar (SP=2, or SP=3 for Guards)
1 Organic Anti-tank Guns
1x37mm, 45L46, 45L66 or 57mm AT (SP=2, or SP=3 for Guards)
1 'Motorcycle/Recon' Battalion**
1x recon Motorcycle (SP=2), 1x recon jeep with (opt) AAMG (SP=2), 1x armoured car (SP=2)
1 Tank Regiment (Mechanised Brigade only)***
1xT34 or Sherman tank (SP=3); 1x command T34 or Sherman (SP=2)
* As I have more in the way of command and comms figures than vehicles for them, I'm as likely to filed them as personnel stands rather than vehicle stands, or, probably, both.
** The Motorcycle unit seems to have been a mixed bag, so much so that one can't really speak in terms of a 'typical' such unit. Some even had tanks. However, my own seems to be a reasonable example. I suggest that one might whack in whatever takes your fancy up to a maximum SP of 6. So the 76th M/C Battalion of 4th Guards Tank Corps might be depicted like this: 1 x m/c (SP=1), 1 x BA32 (SP=1), 1 x M3 halftrack (SP=1), 1 x light tank (SP=1), 1 x Anti-tank Gun (SP=1), 1 x Field gun (SP=1). A rather special unit!
***In NQM terms the first tank would count as 'F3' the second as 'CS2', for the rest, I have left off the fighting, support and command designations for the time being. I have not yet determined what the logistics (LOG) elements should be.
|And NQM battalion in road column, marching past a|
potential LOG element.
All of this is so far quite tentative, and something to think about in the cold winter months...