78th STURM DIVISION – A Late War German Heer Force for Bolt Action Pt.1

3 months since my last post, terrible form, but ill health has taken me out of action for most of it and the hobby/blogging was not high on my list of priorities! I am sorry to my followers for this but I have the first of a couple of updates from my World of Wargaming….some  projects that I worked on before my illness struck!

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First up is my first steps into Bolt Action – The 28mm WWII Game. I decided to do a Bolt Action version of my Flames of War force…….

The 78th Sturm Division

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At the beginning of 1943 the 78. Sturm Infantry Division was reorganised as the 78th Sturm Division (a new divisional symbol, an armoured fist, being adopted, derived from the artificial hand of Götz von Berlichingen) with additional adjustments to its strength and organisation over the next several months. Each of its three infantry regiments was redesignated as a Sturm-Regiment. The designation Sturm (assault) reflected the division’s increased strength, which eventually included subordinate Sturmgeschutz (assault gun) Heavy Mortar and Nebelwerfer (rocket launcher) battalions and a tank destroyer unit equipped with Marder IIs, as well as extra regimental artillery support. With its new organisation, the division took part in Operation Citadel as part of the XXIII Corps of the Ninth Army, being involved in the fighting at Ponyri. During the following Soviet Counteroffensive the division was first transferred from the Ninth Army to the Second Panzer Army in July, then again to the Fourth Army in September where the division was forced back to the Panther-Wotan line East of Orsha.

During the June – July 1944 Soviet offensive against Army Group Centre, Operation Bagration, the division was assigned to defend the main Moscow – Minsk road and the town of Orsha. During the fighting the division was destroyed, having failed to break out of an encirclement east of Minsk on the night of 5/6 July. Surviving elements were taken over by the 565th Volksgrenadier Division.

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My force is set at the beginning of Operation Bagration, currently the force stands at 1000pts but I intend to add to this with an heavy Artillery Piece and RSO Tow, increase the Heer Grenadier Squad Sizes and mount them in Opel Blitz Trucks, give my Leutnant and his assistant a Kubelwagen, add a Marder II, Tiger I and some Panzers as I gear up for Tank War. This is how it looks at this moment:

Second Leutnant Gruber and his assistant surveying the battlefield!

Second Leutnant Gruber and his assistant surveying the battlefield!

Heer Grenadier Squad 1

Heer Grenadier Squad 1

Heer Grenadier Squad 2

Heer Grenadier Squad 2

Heer Veteran Grenadier Squad

Heer Veteran Grenadier Squad

Heer Veteran Grenadier Squad's SdKfz 251/1 half-track Transport

Heer Veteran Grenadier Squad’s SdKfz 251/1 half-track Transport

German Heer 75mm LEIG 18 Light Artillery

German Heer 75mm LEIG 18 Light Artillery

SdKfz 234/2 'Puma' Heavy Armoured Car

SdKfz 234/2 ‘Puma’ Heavy Armoured Car

Sturmgeschutz - StuG III Ausf G

Sturmgeschutz – StuG III Ausf G

1000pts Reinforced German Platoon for Bolt Action

1000pts Reinforced German Platoon for Bolt Action

I hope you like my first Bolt Action force!! Please let me know your thoughts!
SCORPIUS GLC OUT FOR NOW!!

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One response to “78th STURM DIVISION – A Late War German Heer Force for Bolt Action Pt.1

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