Operation Full Frontal - The Battle of Kakstadt, 1979 - part 3a
Phase three of what the Soviet Official History refers to as the Kakstadt Operation saw yet another DDR Motor Rifle Battalion (though it looks a lot like the last one we met) supported by recce and AT elements (again very familiar looking) launching an assault on Neu Kakstadt. This town - adjacent to Alte Kakstadt - had taken a real pasting from the regimental artillery group overnight before being sneakily reoccupied by a French battalion at first light.
The defending force was made up of elements of a French Mechanised Battalion under the commend of transatlantic visitor Peter Douglas - aka The Single Handed Admiral.
The Kommie Krauts - led by Funny Little Wars stalwart Mr AM opted to dismount their infantry about 500m (18 inches) from the forward defences.
Swarms of DDR infantry surging forward.
The air was soon thick with smoke and AT missiles.
Can anyone spot the camouflaged AMX-13? Rather entertainingly our host failed so to do...
East German infantry advance while the BMPs give supporting fire.
A splendidly accurate (or lucky?) French mortar stonk accounted for some PT-76s.