I got caught up with work last week, but now is a good a time as any to celebrate the addition of a Char B1 and more importantly the upgrade to Ausf F2. The KwK 40/L43 is a major upgrade from the 75 short, I would have lobbied harder for a KwK 40/L48 but at least the L43 is good anti-tank option. The Char B1 bis was a good early heavy tank but against T-34/85s and an IS-2 I do not think that the Char B1 is going to make much of an impression. Still that 75mm howitzer is more than enough to deal with the T-34s at point blank and if nothing else it can blow up any cover that Pravda is trying to use. Though I wonder if it is permissible for the shots to count but not have to kill the crew as normally would be the case when using low velocity HE against armor.
I literally jumped when I heard Pravda do a rendition of Katyusha. I didn’t think that they would break into song but I applaud them for it. Now if only we can fit in Lili Marlene and Panzerlied I would be one happy tank geek. Pravda is really throwing in the kitchen sink if they brought in an IS-2 and a KV-2. The IS-2 is the most lethal tank on the field, which kind of makes the KV-2 mainly a bunker buster that should be able to blow up a house or two. Katyusha and Nona played their hands well by using bait to encourage an over eager Oorai team to give chase. In ruthless fashion Kayusha sacrificed her T-34/76s to draw Oorai into an ambush that almost achieved total surprise.
Miho lost tactical control and to be honest she should not have allowed the elan of her fellows to cloud their reason. Wiping out Anzio was not much of an accomplishment since Anzio was under-gunned and used Italian armor. Against the superior T-34s Miho should have lobbied against aggression despite the perceived benefits of high morale. Now they are all holed up in a church with nowhere to run. Pravda only lost a few T-34s most of which were the 76mm variant, using the town to perform the ambush make the IS-2 more dangerous as speed is not going to factor in much in dense terrain. Getting the mobility kill on the StuG III was just icing, and unless Oorai can affect repairs the StuG III is going to be extremely limited in combat effectiveness.
We should have known that Oorai was going to overplay their hand the minute Decisive Strike was mentioned. Those don’t exist and they played right into Pravda’s hands. Glorious Nippon Samurai spirit has no place in military science, and hopefully this rude shock will be enough to dissuade Kampfgruppe Miho from getting overconfident. Of course they still have to beat Pravda and thankfully Katyusha is so contemptuous of them that she might over play her hand as well. Unlike the Battle of the Bulge Miho is not only holed up, she has no real hope for relief unless Maho comes over that hill and uses her Tiger I to lethal effect. At the end of the day though, Oorai should have known better as they saw what happened with Arisa.
On the homefront it seems that Saori is getting to know Mako better and Sadoko has been drafted. Miho is going to be dis-inherited but there is still hope for her yet as long as Maho still has a card to play. Miho’s Mom, Shiho, likes to win at all costs but really if it’s not war then there is no reason for people to die for the sake of a game. Still I wonder what Shiho rolls around in, and I hope that at some point we get to see it. Does she roll in a Leopard 2 or a Tiger II, these are important things to know.
Next week should literally be a do or die breakout performance for Miho. She’s stuck in a pocket and will likely get ground down to paste if she plans on fighting a siege.