Flashpoint: Central Front, The VII Corps Defense of Hof Gap, Turn 3

Turn 3 saw more concerted action by the WP forces to push NATO back to Nurnberg and beyond, from the north and the east. Starting in the south, the Germans held the Czech 20th Mechanized to only a few kilometers advance. However, the Czech 1st Tank with air support and attack helicopter support blew a hole in the 4th Panzer line and pushed units through almost to the autobahn. The Czech 20th Mech just south of Beyreuth pushed elements of the 1st and 3rd Squadrons of the 2nd ACR back west and have now surrounded Beyreuth and isolated elements of the 4th Panzer, the valiant defenders of that city.

Soviet units continued their push south-west, with the 6th Guards Tank Division positioning to clear Beyreuth once and for all. The 18th Guards MRD exploited their hole created the day before and pushed farther south-west, forcing the 2nd ACR to fall back and elements of the 1st Armored Division to rush forward to bolster the line. The 51st Tank Division, stung the previous day by a stout defense of the Main river, made a second push across the river. NATO units succumbed to the Red juggernaut, some of the 2nd ACR were eliminated as combat units and others were forced to beat a hasty retreat west into the arms of the upcoming 1st Armored. The 2nd ACR, 1st Armored Division, and the German 4th Panzer Division are continuing to hold and force the Soviet hordes to pay for every piece of ground they take. The 12th Panzer has moved up to reinforce the 4th Panzer and plug the hole created by the advancing Czechs.

In the north, the East German 4th Mech continues to consolidate just north of the Main River, preparing for a push south. The entrance of the East German 7th Tank Division has threatened Schweinfurt and has caused the 3rd ID to adjust their lines to protect the Main River crossing and Schweinfurt. With little reinforcement in the north, the 3rd ID will have a tough time protecting both the river crossing and a key city. If the East Germans can penetrate the thin 3rd ID line, cross the Main, and drive behind the main NATO line west of the Regnitz, NATO may be in serious trouble.

For the first three days, though, I think the WP have not pushed the NATO line as hard as they could. Turn 4 may see a renewed push to smash the NATO line, especially in the center and south of Beyreuth, and by the East Germans in the north, to force NATO to fall back.

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