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Saturday, February 20 • 10:00am - 4:00pm
King Tigers in the Panzer Battles for Pomerania [Miniature Game]

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Pensacon Historical Scenario for World At War rules, by Mongoose Publishing

"On 7 February, SS-Untersturmführer Fritz Kauerauf took command of three Königtigers at Zachen that had been repaired by the Abteilung workshop located at Stargard. He was ordered to attack from Reetz to relieve and break the encirclement of Arnswalde. Before reaching Reetz, which had been occupied by the Soviets, Kauerauf’s platoon was diverted to support 11. Panzer Abteilung ‘Herman von Salza’ in Jacobshagen. The tanks were then attached to 11. Armee under Kampfgruppe Munzel.

Meanwhile, the Königtigers in Arnswalde continue to hold off Soviet attacks.

In the early morning of 8 February SS-Untersturmführer Kauerauf was ordered to stop the advance of the Soviets across the Ihna Bridge, south of Jacobshagen (where the command post of 11. Panzer Abteilung ‘Herman von Salza’ was located), towards Ziegenhagen and Klein Silber. The attack consisted of Kauerauf’s Königtiger and three StuG assault guns under SS-Oberscharführer Phillipp Wild. The advance was halted when they encountered a strong Soviet force on a ridge east of Ihna.

They were reinforced by another two Königtigers under SS-Obersturmführer Kaes, commander of the 503rd’s 2nd Company, and another 10 StuG assault guns of the 11. SS-Panzerdivision ‘Nordland’, as well as a company Fallschirmjäger. They attack at around noon towards Ziegenhagen. The Fallschirmjäger take an anti-tank gun position on the outskirts of Ziegenhagen, then carry on to along both sides of the road and over the Ihna bridge into Ziegenhagen. This is follow by some hard fighting for the town, during which the Königtigers knock our three IS-2 heavy tanks.

By the evening, the Kampfgruppe had taken defensive positions on the southern outskirts of Klein Silber facing towards Reetz. Later that night three drums of fuel arrive for the Königtigers (each drum contains 200 litres gasoline).

The group in Arnswalde hold off more Soviet attacks at Schönwerder and Sandow.

On the morning of 9 February, the three Königtigers in Klein Silber were ordered to push east from their positions. They soon came under fire. The tank of SS-Obersturmführer Kaes was set on fire by an infantry assault and blocked the road for following 11th SS StuG assault guns. The leading tank of SS-Untersturmführer Kauerauf, was hit as it reached the outskirts of Klein Silber, Kauerauf was seriously injured. He survived his injuries, but was severely burned and had to have his left leg amputated. The third Königtiger was immobilised when its electrical system failed and was destroyed by its crew.

The Königtigers in Arnswalde continued to repel attacks, but were eventually relieved when panzergrenadiers of 11. Panzergrenadierdivision ‘Nordland’ and Führer Begleit Panzergrenadierdivision broke through the encirclement a week later (17 February), and the tanks were withdrawn to Zachan."


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Mike Bobe

President, Bobe's Hobby House
Bobe's has been a part of Pensacola for over 60 years. Plastic Models, Radio Control, Model Railroads, Art Supplies, Puzzles, Kites, and more! And of course Board Games, Miniature Games, and Card Games! We're the sponsors of the Gaming area at Pensacon again this year! Come join us on the second floor of the hotel!