On July 5, 1943, the greatest land battle in history began when Nazi and Red Army forces clashed near the town of Kursk, on the western border of the Soviet Union. Code named "Operation Citadel," the German offensive would cut through the bulge in the eastern front that had been created following Germany’s retreat at the battle of Stalingrad. But the Soviets, well-informed about Germany’s plans through their network of spies, had months to prepare. Two million men supported by 6,000 tanks, 35,000 guns, and 5,000 aircraft convened in Kursk for an epic confrontation that was one of the most important military engagements in history, the epitome of "total war." It was also one of the most bloody, and despite suffering seven times more casualties, the Soviets won a decisive victory that became a turning point in the war. With unprecedented access to the journals and testimonials of the officers, soldiers, political leaders, and citizens who lived through it, The Battle of the Tanks is the definitive account of an epic showdown that changed the course of history.
Reading through some of the bewildering changes in the Soviet orders of battle in Zaloga and Ness (1998) leads me to the conclusion that simplification is needed when reducing everything to a 1:30 NQM scale. After all, MiniHitler and SmallStalin only have 15mm forces with which to wage their wars.
Part of me wants to faithfully reflect the historical campaign, but another part recognises that there are limits to what can be achieved. I think I really lost the plot when looking at RVKG (Stavka artillery reserve) artillery orders of battle, but the resultant simplifications have been added to the NQM Soviet Artillery page:
The Capellan Raiders from the old Terran Trade
books can take many forms!These were kit bashed from all
sorts of odds and ends over ten years ago. The last photo is a
size comparison shot with a Super Galactic Dreadnought.
This is the FPPR (Free Pacos Peoples Republics) it snows nine months out of the year and hails the other three. Any food that grows here is tough and tasteless, the people that grow here are even more so. We have hunting, fishing, and a charming view of the sunsets, the only thing we really lack is warmth and sunlight. For centuries our leaders have heard that these things do indeed exist and have launched many glorious expeditions to obtain warmth and sunlight for our peoples. They have nearly succeeded on several occasions but due to circumstances far beyond their control have yet to secure these benefits for our nation. To further complicate this problem there is the ever belligerent and warlike BEE that blocks our natural right to the sun at every turn. This can not be allowed to continue, we must have access to warm water ports, shipping and trade and at long last our place in the sun.......
The Evil Empire on the Brazos (BEE) chronicles the on going wars (games) and the diplomatic efforts (Posts/GNN Reports) of all the known nations (wargame collections) in my little area of the galaxy.My goal is to both entertain
and inform those new to art of miniature wargaming, and have a few laughs with it. This Blog is open to all and also welcomes comment from all and I hope that many will come to join in the madness.....)