PACRIM 48th Panzerkorps at the Battles on the River Chir Wargame


PACRIM 48th Panzerkorps at the Battles on the River Chir wargame

 

Credit: Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-457-0065-36, Russland.   Panzer VI (Tiger I) and T34

Credit: Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-457-0065-36, Russland.
Panzer VI (Tiger I) and T34

 

Key Features:

  • Popular game of the German 48th Panzerkorp’s desperate attempt to defend the corridor to Stalingrad & southern USSR
  • Includes 200 counters.

 


Reprint of this popular, long out of print game of the 6-day slugfest in the Chir River Basin as 48th defends corridor to Stalingrad & Caucases, Dec’42. J.Soldak’06

 

Background:  XXXXVIII Panzer Corps (also: XXXXVIII Army Corps or XXXXVIII. Armeekorps), was a corps-level formation of the German Heer which saw extensive action on both the eastern and western fronts during World War II.

The number of units commanded by the 48th Corps (OOB) changed during the WW2 as follows:

XXXXVIII Motorized Corps

  • As of June 1941 (Operation Barbarossa)
    • 17th Panzer Division
    • 18th Panzer Division.
    • 25th Panzergrenadier Division
    • 108th Artillery Command
    • Corps staff and support units

XXXXVIII Panzer Corps

  • As of August 1942 (Fall Blau)
    • 14th Panzer Division
    • 24th Panzer Division
    • 29th Motorized Infantry Division
    • 108th Artillery Command
    • Corps staff and support units
  • As of December 1942 (reformed after loss in the Battle of Stalingrad)
    • 11th Panzer Division
    • 336th Infantry Division
    • Staff of the 384th Infantry Division, with “Alarm” troops
    • 7th Luftwaffe Field Division
    • 108th Artillery Command
    • Corps staff and support units
  • As of July 1943 (Operation Citadel)
    • 3rd Panzer Division
    • 11th Panzer Division
    • Panzergrenadier Division Großdeutschland
    • 167th Infantry Division
    • 132nd Artillery Command
    • 144th Artillery Command
    • Corps staff and support units
  • As of December 1943
    • 1st SS Panzer Division LSSAH
    • Battle group of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
    • 1st Panzer Division
    • 8th Panzer Division
    • 19th Panzer Division
    • 108th Artillery Command
    • Corps staff and support units

In the context of the encirclement of Sixth Army in Stalingrad, Stavka postponed Operation Saturn until 16 December, as Soviet forces struggled to clear German defenders from the lower Chir River. The Red Army’s offensive in the area commenced on 30 November, involving around 50,000 soldiers, which forced Manstein to use the 48th Panzer Corps in an attempt to hold the area.

In response, the 5th Tank Army was reinforced by the newly created 5th Shock Army, drawn from existing formations of the South-Western and Stalingrad Fronts; the 5th Tank Army totaled nearly 71,000 men, 252 tanks and 814 artillery guns.

The Soviet offensive succeeded in tying down the 48th Panzer Corps, originally chosen to lead one of the main attacks on the Soviet encirclement.The Soviets were forewarned of the impending German assault when they discovered the German 6th Panzer Division unloading at the town of Morozovsk, as a result, held back several armies from the attack on the lower Chir River to prepare for a possible breakout attempt by German forces inside Stalingrad.

 


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