Battle for Bryansk Forests

Battle for Bryansk Forests


Bryansk, 200 miles SW of Moscow May 1943

Battle for Bryansk ForestsFollowing the crushing German defeat at Stalingrad, the fortunes of war have swung toward Mother Russia. Survivors from the Russian 13th Army, encircled and destroyed in 1941, have been waging a fierce Partisan war for two years in the Bryansk forests. Aided by a growing number of civilians from the surrounding farms and homesteads, they now number 60,000, and are constant thorn in the Germans sides, destroying convoys and wiping out all forces sent against them.

In the months running up to what will eventually become Operation Citadel, the Germans are building stockpiles of arms and ammunition. As the Partisans learn of this activity, convoys are increasingly being targeted. By mid May it’s becoming a race against time for both sides. Can the Germans neutralise the Partisans and keep the roads clear to transport enough material to the forward supply dumps to support the push?…. or can the Partisans with their excellent local knowledge capture and destroy the German convoys before disappearing back into the forests……?


This weekender game was held on 10th and 11th May 2008 in 1200 acres of Eastern Front woodland (IED’s unplayed Shropshire site near Bishops Castle) set in a deep valley, with several miles of drivable tracks.