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Ludevik played with Russia (his first time for FF5). I played Germany (second time playing FF5, also with Germany). We used Vassal and here's a quick summary of this game session:

SETUP - Ludevik placed his AT gun on the middle hill and hid two riflemen and two tanks. I decided to try to get control of the village with my infantry and move my vehicles around the north to get control of the marker on map 3 as quickly as possible.
http://picasaweb.google.com/cogollo1974/CoCTheBunkerLudevik#...

TURN 1- I moved my riflemen to surround the village to the west while the LMGs rode on the trucks and jumped out into the northern woods. Ludevik shot with the AT gun at one of my trucks, but got an unlucky roll of 3, enough to scare them but little more.
Then I moved my PzIVd to menace his AT gun, and Ludevik repositioned with CAPs a hidden tank to support it. That "stopped me on my tracks" as I did not want to get in CC with the Russian tanks.
I then moved the PzIIIe into CC with the AT gun, daring Ludevik to take a shot. The T26 fired hitting both units, and both of them got "Automatic Destruction" chits!! I started calling that tank Conan arrrh
http://picasaweb.google.com/cogollo1974/CoCTheBunkerLudevik#...

The turn ended with a bit more manoeuvring and Ludevik moving his second tank, that he had set up hidden in the southern woods, to cover the northern flank. Germany 1 - Russia 3.
http://picasaweb.google.com/cogollo1974/CoCTheBunkerLudevik#...

TURN 2- Now things started getting interesting in the village. I assaulted the village with my riflemen and one of the LMGs. Ludevik had two hidden riflemen there but his ambush did not work too well. We both lost one riflemen, but by the end of the turn he did not control any marker in the village.
On map 3, I used one of my trucks to get control of the marker. This was one of my first moves and Ludevik did not shoot at the truck with his tanks, I think because he did not want to use them too early.
One of his tanks played cat and mouse with an LMG I had loaded on a truck while the "Conan" arrrh tank blew up my PzIVd with an 11 roll!
In the meantime, I concentrated my tanks against his infantry. My previous experience had taught me not to get in CC with the Russian tanks unless they were really helpless, and Ludevik always kept at least 2 cards in his hand... well played there!
So I lost my PzIVd and a riflemen unit but I controlled the marker on map 3. Ludevik lost his MMG and a riflemen unit. Every option was still open. Germany 5 - Russia 5
http://picasaweb.google.com/cogollo1974/CoCTheBunkerLudevik#...

TURN 3- In the village, the Russian riflemen proved very hard to destroy... great vodka drinkers, according to Ludevik. They ended destroying my second riflemen unit and controlling one of the markers, though damaged and easy targets for one of my LMGs.
Meanwhile, Ludevik's first tank shot at my truck-LMG group but, not being Conan, only managed to hit the truck (leaving it immobilized) so my LMG could escape. My tanks finished their pincer manoeuvre and got in position to blast the bunker to pieces. Conan smelled blood devil and closed in for the killing blow to the truck.
I had lost my second riflemen and 1 truck. Ludevik had lost 1 riflemen and regained control of one of the village's markers. Germany 8 - Russia 8
http://picasaweb.google.com/cogollo1974/CoCTheBunkerLudevik#...

TURN 4- The decisive turn. A rain of bullets from the German LMG finished the last pockets of Russian defenders in the village while near the bunker two lucky shots from above destroyed the two Russian tanks. One hit was direct, a roll of 12, while the other was a manoeuvring battle between Conan and a German Scout Tank. Conan, after regaining control of the marker on map 3, tried to charge the Scout Tank but I had a free action card in my hand (my only card, btw). The roll was not high, but Ludevik drew a "Vehicle Destroyed" chit.
I had lost my second truck but Ludevik had lost his two tanks and one more riflemen. Germany 11 - Russia 11, but the battle was clearly over.
http://picasaweb.google.com/cogollo1974/CoCTheBunkerLudevik#...

TURN 5- Russian riflemen in the bunker surrendered and Germany occupied the bunker. Nevertheless, I wanted to try something so I asked Ludevik to play the rest of the turn intent on destroying the bunker, which I managed to do with an LMG after 6-7 shots. Germany 20 - Russia 11.
http://picasaweb.google.com/cogollo1974/CoCTheBunkerLudevik#...

Please read my questions about FF5 post where I ask whether destroying the bunker means nobody gets the 6 VPs.
Pictures were captured using the log that you can save while playing with Vassal. Thanks again to Ludevik for showing me this one.
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Ben Smith
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Great report! I played FF #5 last night and the Russians got slaughtered, due to a bad setup on my opponents part. There are so many ways to strategize in each FF! I love this game.
 
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