Day 4 of the war saw the Czechs pushing westward in the face of strong resistance offered by the 4th Panzer Division, but the defense was not strong enough. In the south, the 20th Mech was not as successful, and basically did not make any progress. However, further north, the Czech 1st Tank, the 2nd Mech, and the 19th Mech was able to push west displacing remnants of the 2nd ACR and units of the 4th Panzer. 1st Tank was able to exploit its hole in the 4th Panzer’s line, and force the Germans to redeploy units north as a stop-gap measure. The 12th Panzer moved farther east to position itself to take over the fight once 4th Panzer was exhausted.
The Soviet 6th Guards Tank remained busy with Beyreuth, the thorn in its side. However, elements of the 4th Panzer who are defending the town are now beginning to crack. The 18th MRD pushed the remaining units of the 2nd ACR west in flight, and moved up to the line of the 1st Armored. The Soviet 51st Tank swooped over the Main and swept away the defenders, clearing the river from the Regnitz to the small town of Kulmbach.
In the far north, the East German 4th Mech and 7th Tank kept pressure on the northern elements of the 1st AD and the 3rd ID. Schweinfurt was still in NATO hands, but the East Germans were not letting up. The Main-Regnitz line was still solidly held, but this was the last ditch defense against the Red hordes. NATO scored some significant victories in the battles of Day 4, but not enough to stem the Red Tide.
And due to my younger daughter’s 10th birthday on January 1, the table in the basement had to come down to make room for about 10, ten year olds and an overnight birthday bash. Technically, the Warsaw Pact scored a substantive victory based on their positions at the end of turn 4. Now on to Fifth Corps and the Fulda Gap!