Flashpoint: Central Front, Hof Gap, Turn 2
Day 2 bought a little time for the NATO allies. In the south, the German 4th Panzer division held off an attack by the Czech 20th MRD north of Amberg, but remnants of K troop 2d ACR, who were already disorganized, were not able to hold their own against elements of the CZ 20th MRD at the bottom of the map. However, the two CZ regiments could not exploit due to supply considerations and lack of artillery ammo. Northern elements of the 4th Panzer in Beyreuth did a remarkable job countering a potentially devastating attack to seize the city by the Soviet 6th Guards Tank Division. While the Soviets had flanked the city, pre-planned artillery and excellent fields of fire by the dug-in 102 PG battalion caused massive casualties for the 6th Guards MRD. This stout defense has blunted for the time being a major thrust down the autobahn by the Soviets.
Second Squadron, 2d ACR , was not able to stop the crossing of the Main River several kilometers north of Beyreuth by the Soviet 18th Guards MRD. This hole threatens to become a major problem for NATO unless elements of 2/2 ACR and 1st AD can block the push. Meanwhile, E Troop, H Troop, 2 HOW, and remnants of C Troop of 2d ACR held off a river crossing by the Soviet 51st Tank Division, and caused some severe casualties there as well. NATO has pretty much held the Main River defensive line for two days, but the flanking breakthrough by the 18th Guards MRD could cause trouble. 1st US Armored Division has begun to better position themselves south of 3d ID, and the German 12th Panzer Division is pushing East to support its sister 4th Panzer against the Czechs.
Up north, the 3rd ID has pushed across the map to threaten the supply lines of the East Germans. In a limited counterattack supported by German Tornados they were able to surprise the East Germans and severely damaged the East German 4th MRD HQ. This threat by the 3d ID has caused the East Germans to pull back a bit from their push across the Main River. However, the next day will bring East German reinforcements of the 7th Tank Division, so this area may get a little hot.