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2012 - Number 9


Feldhernnhalle Positions in Pest

Flames of War Budapest 1945 Mega-Game:
Battle for Pest

Each year in February we try to run a large historical mega-game that is highly infantry focused. This year, with the recent release of the Red Bear and Grey Wolf compendiums, we decided on a late war Eastern Front action, based on the siege of Budapest in 1944-45.

The terrain for the city was fairly unique, so Chris got to work on a set of custom terrain boards. We decided to split the action, as it was historically by the Danube River which divides Buda on the east bank with Pest on the west.

Hungarian Volunteers Held the Axis Center in Pest

Waves of Soviet Infantry Advance

This report will focus on the action in Pest, and we'll cover the action in Buda in our next update. The Pest area is lower and flatter than Buda, denying the Axis forces some of the heights defences they enjoyed across the Danube. On the other hand, Csepel Island in the south of Pest offered a good defensive position to anchor the defenders' right flank.

The Allies fielded two large forces of Russian infantry on their flanks, while a Romanian force advanced in their center. Pushed by Stalin's orders to secure the city quickly, they had a strong numerical (points) superiority but this was balanced by the difficult, rubble strewn terrain.

Axis Forces Stubbornly Hold On in Ruined Buildings and Bunkers

Axis Defenses Protect Csepel Island in the South of Pest

Masses of artillery were critical to the Allied plan, and they leveraged the Romanian ability to fire smoke bombardments to protect their main assault in the center, driving toward the Pest RR Station. Their right flank also pushed forward aggressively, while their left, facing the tougher terrain around Csepel island also advanced but made much slower progress.

In a clash of firm enemies, the Romanian assault in the center met a Hungarian volunteer company near the station. The Romanians, aided by their smoke, managed to flank the Hungarian bunker defences and drove hard through the Hungarian lines.

Barbed Wire was Used Liberally by the Defenders

Romanian Infantry Moves Up in the Allied Center

At the same time, the Feldhernnhalle force protecting the Hungarian northern flank was swamped by a massive Russian infantry force. Pinned down and taking heavy casualties, they were unable to move to support the Hungarian lines, which finally cracked.

Although the German grenadier and SS cavalry forces in the south were still holding firmly under pressure, the entire northern half of the Axis line was broken as first the Hungarians and then the Feldherrnhalle failed their company morale.

Northern End of Csepel Island

A Russian Assault Breaks Against the Csepel Defences

The battle ended with the Romanians reaching the Danube and comprehensively flanking the remaining defenders. Although the remaining Axis forces were still in good fighting shape, they had no hope of retaking any of the objectives in the northern part of Pest.

Good tactics were employed by both sides, the Allies maximizing their numbers in brutal and repeated assaults, while the Axis forces used the urban terrain as best they could to slow the Allies and inflict casualties.

Hungarian Infantry, Supported by Hetzers

Soviet Guns Pound Southern Pest

With the fall of Pest, next entry we've cover the action in Buda to see how the action fared across the Danube, and see if the Axis were able to hold out longer there.

German and Hungarian Forces Intermingled Near Pest Station

Romanians Push Toward Pest Station

German Rear Area Troops in Pest

Russian Left Wing Pinned Down Near Csepel

Russians and Romanians Push Forward

Romanian Mortars Fire in Support of the Assault

The Hetzers Are Burning

Rubble Doesn't Slow the Romanian Advance

Axis Defences Nearer the Danube

Holding the Bridge to Csepel

KV Flame Tanks Burn in the Rubble

Russian Infantry Approach the Station

T-34s Support the Romanian Thrust

Soviets Reach the High Rises Near the Danube

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