Monday, January 16, 2023

Bolt Action Battle Report

   It must have been more than six months since the last time we had a Bolt Action battle! For this reason we decided to play with small armies of 500 points in order to recall the rules.

   We are somewhere in the eastern front. The Soviets try to free a Russian village from the Germans. The Soviet army consists of seven units while the German of five.

The village

The church

The Red Army seven units

NCO and sailors

Submachine guns squad

Officer and sniper teams

NKVD squad

The Commissar's team and the Inexperienced squad

The German officer

SS squad and MMG team

The second SS squad

and the sniper team.

   Below you can see some moments of the battle. The battle was balanced but at the end the Soviets managed to win due to their numbers and the bad luck with the dice of the "German" player. Too many 1s and 2s!

Close quarter fighting

   I am happy because as I told you, we finally managed to play after so many months. And not only this. This time we played with the entire armies consisted of painted miniatures. No grey or black soldiers!

   Next time I will publish a post about the Russian church.

   That's all for today! Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Soviet Artillery, Richtis Gorge and Napoleon's House at Ierapetra

    Happy new year!

   This is my first post of 2023 and I will start with my two Soviet artillery pieces. First, the 45mm anti-tank gun model 1937. It had the nickname sorokapyatka (copoкaпяткa), which means the "little forty-five". Mikhail Loginov was the designer of this light quick-firing anti-tank gun. Below you can see the gun with its commander and two crew members.

45mm Anti-Tank Gun

   Next is the famous ZIS-3, the 76mm divisional field gun M1942. ЗиС-3 stands for "Zavod imeni Stalina" meaning factory named after Stalin. More than 100.000 guns were produced the period 1941-1945. It was in service in Croatian Army till 1990! Below you can see the gun, its commander and two crew members.

ZIS-3 76mm Divisional Gun

   Recently, my wife and I visited the Richtis gorge in Lasithi prefecture of Crete. The length of the route is roughly 3 km. The highlight of the gorge is its beautiful waterfall with a height more than 20m and the pond where someone can have a dive.

The waterfall and its pond

"You shall not pass!"

   In May of 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte departed from Toulon to conduct his three-years  campaign in Egypt and Syria. During his trip to Alexandria it is believed that he stopped in the city of Ierapetra in Lasithi, where he spend a night in this house.


My wife is not so tall just the door is lower than normal! 

   That's all for today! Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, December 24, 2022

T-34/85 Soviet Medium Tank and Tank Riders

   Roughly 29.430 Soviet tanks T-34/85 were produced during WW2 because the Red Army needed a medium tank to face the German Tigers and not only.   

   When Soviet firing tests against a captured Tiger I in April '43 showed that the T-34's 76mm gun could not penetrate it, a Soviet 85mm anti-aircraft gun, the M1939, was found capable of doing the job. The gun could penetrate the Tiger I's upper hull armour at 1 km. It was still not enough to match the Tiger, which could destroy the T-34 from a distance of 1.5 to 2 km but it was an improvement.

    Production of the T-34/85 began in January '44 at Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard No. 112 and became the standard medium tank of the Red Army. Its production run until the end of the war.

The Factory 112

    The T-34/85 had better armour and mobility than the Panzer IV and StuG III. While it could not match the armour or weapons of the Panther and Tiger tanks, its improved firepower made it much more effective than earlier Soviet models, and overall it was more cost-effective than the heaviest German tanks.

    Tанковый десант is a military tactic, where infantry soldiers ride into an attack on tanks, then dismount to fight on foot in the final phase of the assault. This tactic was used by the Red Army during WW2.

    Tank desant troops were infantry trained in the tactic in order to offer small-arms support in suppression of enemy anti-tank weapons or enemy infantry using anti-tank grenades. Riding on tanks during actual combat is very dangerous. Tank riders are very vulnerable to machine gun and high explosive fire, and the high silhouette of most tanks would draw enemy fire.


   The number of infantry assigned to a tank depended on the class of the tank; the usual numbers were: Heavy tank, 10-12 soldiers, Medium tank, 8-10 soldiers and Light tank, 5-6 soldiers.

   The above two tank riders with helmets are plastic miniatures of the Soviet Infantry box of Warlord Games, while the third is a metal passenger figure of the Soviet Universal Carrier of the same brand. 

   The metal figure didn't have the right foot in order to fit in the Universal Carrier so I gave it one from a sprue of plastic Soviet infantry.

Victory Day parade, 9th of May 

Red Square, Moscow

   Meanwhile we visited a very nice restaurant at Goulediana of Rethymno region in Crete, where we tasted the delicious "gamopilafo" (rice boiled in lamp and chicken broth) among other traditional dishes of the Cretan Cuisine.

Salad and fried cheese

Beef stifado

Beef in tomato sauce and gamopilafo

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!
   Very Merry Christmas to all!

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