October 1943. Eastern front, Northern sector near Smolensk. Horst Petzschler's FW-190 of JG-51 covers Hans Rudel's Stuka attack against a Russian tank/truck convoy as it crosses a clearing in the forest. German tanks and anti-tank guns have also ambushed the convoy.
In Robert Baileys painting, German field artillery has surprised an advancing Russian armored column near the town of Smolensk during October, 1943.
Panzers clash with Russian T-34s. In the foreground, a T-34 is still racing forward, a blazing wreck. Around the perimeter of the forest clearing are dug-in German positions, firing upon the Russians. Low left, three Russian soldiers sneak up behind German tanks. In right mid-ground, another T-34 is abandoned by its crew. The shadow of the giant explosions in the background partly conceals the stalled Russian column, as troops mill around.
Above the ground battle, Stukas from Schlachtgeschwader 2 (Oberst Hans Ulrich Rudel), escorted by Focke Wulf 190s of JG-51 (Horst Petzschier), pound the Russian armor with cannon and bombs, effectively halting the advance of their foe.
Near the horizon, Yak-9s swarm into th frav, and a Sturmovik spots a Ju-52 which is dropping supplies to a German unit in a nearby battle.
As the Russians reel in the shock of the ambush, the Germans have resisted the charge of the Russian Bear, if only in a momentary victory.
- Horst Petzschler (depicted) - Fw190 Ace
- Oscar Boesch - Fw190 Ace
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