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The Panzer Count's Ostfront: A CMBB combat history of Graf Strachwitz

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The Panzer Count's Ostfront

A Combat Mission Scenario Series

A CMBB combat history of the career of the legendary German tank commander Hyazinth Graf (Count) Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und Camminetz from 1941 to 1945.

Researched and created for CMBB by Charlie Meconis and George McEwan.

Blowtorchscenarios.com proudly introduces our second CMBB series, “The Panzer Count's Ostfront,” following our series on Jochen Peiper's Kharkov 1942-43 campaign. As always our aim is to present interesting scenarios with as much historical accuracy as possible.

“The Panzer Count”, of course, is the legendary German tank commander Hyazinth Graf (Count) Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und Camminetz, who survived the war as a Generalleutnant of the Reserve and holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Germany's highest award. We have chosen to focus on another German commander for the same reasons we focused on Peiper: the availability of information, not any political or national agenda. As with our Peiper series, we are devoting great effort to presenting the Soviet side with as much authenticity and detail as possible.

With the exception of a brief period with the Panzer Lehr Division after D-

Day, Graf Strachwitz spent the entire war from June 22, 1941 to the end on the Ostfront, from the outskirts of Rostov in the south in 1941 to the Narva front in Estonia in the north in 1944. Rising from a panzer battalion commander at the outset of Operation Barbarossa to the commander of a division-sized unit named after him in 1944, he played a cutting edge role in many of the most famous tank engagements of the war—Dubno, Kharkov (twice), Kalach, Stalingrad, Kursk and the desperate pocket battles of the last years of the war.

In this series we will try to present a cross-section of his Ostfront battles from 1941 to 1945. We have chosen those battles which, in our opinion, best characterize his military genius while offering interesting and reasonably balanced challenges.

Many thanks to all those involved in playtesting over at The Proving Grounds - Ken Federoff, Steve "Mad Russian" Overton, Rockinharry, Der Alte Fritz, JasonC, Sports Guy, Nick Legh, Rollin, Zmoney, Kingfish, BannonDC, Von Schwendemann, Fredrock1957, Joachim, jmjohnson36, toleran76 and Junk2Drive.

The first three scenarios have undergone playtesting and you can grab them HERE

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