The Russians, having put a Panzer division to run in the east, were met with strong and dogged German resistance at St. Lo. I played against two players so no one had to sit out. General Fuchs had a mechanized panzergrenadier formation with several entrenched anti tank guns. His partner, General Kartofelle, was running Panzers backed up by a dastardly Stuka.
My army list was restricted by models but was as follows:
T-34 batallion with an 85mm equipped T-34 and 5 more tanks as well as 5 T-70s.
Lee batallion with a Lee platoon and Stuart Platoon
Small Motorized Infantry Batallion with 2 groups of 10, each with HMG’s
Support was Katyushas and a trio of KV-1 tanks.
The battle progressed quickly, KV1's and T-70's taking their armor and machine gun support to bear as a motorized platoon went building to building. The rest of the force went east, looking to secure the wide field but the water barrier and massed German firepower slowed them down, causing the destruction of the entire T-34 group.
Post match report: The terrain and placement of defending forces combined with the lack of models for a relatively new Russian player to really make this a hard to win battle. Defending forces were too concentrated on this 4x4 table for the Russians to really do anything. I learned a bit about generalship but need to learn how to deploy such a large force properly. Perhaps other generals will be able to help me before I see the wrong end of a Kommissar's pistol.