The retreat from the Don had cost many lives not due to the constant Russian attacks but to the freezing temperatures that swept over the Russian landscape. The night before our little mix of Italians and Germans found a hamlet of two houses that were unoccupied, so we occupied them. The inhabitants didn't leave much but crumbs but we greedily ate what was left. Our little force was comprised of 2 Italian squads, a German squad and three tanks. All of our heavy weapons found themselves at the side of the road as weakness and the need for speed made them to cumbersome to carry. It was the first night in many where we slept indoors. Some had to sleep outside due to the constant threat of a Russian attack but I was lucky and had some warmth. All night there was a light snow falling which made visibility obscured.
Our Semovente rolled forward and lined up for a shot at the t34 and fired. The t34 blew up killing the crew. The PzIV finally swung into action and was now facing the blazing t34.
We used the Nuts! rule system for this battle. This was a tough battle for the Italians and Germans. They had no way of knowing where the Russians would attack from and when each of the forces would arrive. The idea for this scenario came from the book "Sergeant in the Snow" written by an Italian sergeant who survived the long retreat out of Russia.