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RETREAT TO THE TIGER POSITION

24 June 1944

Orsha, 90km W of Smolensk: As part of Operation Bagration, the Russian 11th Guards
Army attacked westward along the Smolensk-Minsk highway which runs just north of
Orsha. The German unit assigned to defend the highway, the 78th Assault (Sturm)
Division, found itself hard pressed, and had to fall back time after time. Only loose
contact could be maintained between the units, and on the second day of fighting that
contact broke completely. At 1600 hours on 24 June the 215th Assault Regiment lost
contact with the unit on its right flank, the 14th Assault Regiment, and a gap formed. The
Russians soon moved into this gap and made the situation extremely perilous for the 78th
Division. The plan was now to withdraw to a prepared defensive line toward the rear
known as the "Tiger Position" - before Soviet armor moved in to exploit the gap. This
scenario depicts the attempted withdrawal of the 215th Regiment to this "Tiger Position".

Russian Forces: 11th Guards Army


2 x SU-85
4 x Trucks
3 x Wagons
1 x Horses
7 x 82mm Mortars
3 x 120mm Mortars
1 x 76mm Inf. Guns
2 x 37mm AA Guns
28 x Guards Rifle PLT
6 x GDS SMG PLT
9 x GDS MG PLT
1 x GDS ENG PLT
1 x GDS Cavalry PLT
1 x GDS AT Rifle PLT
1 x GDS AA MG PLT
1 x RGT HQ
3 x BN HQ Foot
1 x BN HQ MOT
1 x Commander 2
1 x Commander 4

Russian Reinforcements:
3 x T-34/85 Turn 7
3 x T-34/85 Turn 7
1 x BN HQ MOT Turn 8

German Forces: 78th Sturm Division


2 x STG IIIG
1 x PzJg Nashorn
3 x Trucks
1 x SdKfz 7 Prime mover
3 x Sdkfz 11 Prime mover
14 x Wagons
6 x 81mm mortars
3 x 120mm mortars
2 x leIG 75mm
1 x sIG 33 150mm
4 x PaK 40
3 x leFH 105mm
1 x Flak 18 88mm
18 x Rifle PLT
9 x MG PLT
3 x ENG PLT
1 x DIV HQ
1 x RGT HQ
2 x BN HQ
2 x Commander 1 MOT
1 x Commander 2 MOT
2 x Commander 3 MOT
1 x Commander 5 - MOT