One final memory of Berlin was the night that my classmate, Peter and I decided to head to the Berlin Philharmonic. We didn't have tickets, but went down the Spichern-Strasse station and were waiting the U-Bahn, when an American music student approached us. She had overheard us talking about the Philharmonic. She said, come with me. We left the U-Bahn and hailed a cab. In a few minutes we were at the Philharmonic. Turns out this student's friend was collecting the tickets that night and knew who had not showed up. Peter and I ended up in the 4th row front and center (for free!!!) at amazing classical concert. Berlin...awesome place!
And now for Dan's Pre-Game Comments:
"The Spanish and Latvian SS must defend Building 45J4 without setting up initially in the building. My plan is to set up in the Russians in the face to buy as much time as possible for the defense. The fortified buildings will be W2, U4, S8 and Q9. With the HIP PSK in T10 and T0 (Rubble) hexes. Normally I would deploy the HIP to get more locations but the 20% loss of fire power for the Latvians is not worth it. So only T0 will have a HS. The other HS will set up in R4 with the hero who has the DC. The 10-2 with a squad MMG will set up in P2 for laying a fire lane. This will split any attack in the middle. The 9-1 with the Latvian MMG will be in Q9. The LMG will be in W2 (with the 9-1), U4 and T6 (with the 8-1). The extra squads will be in R2 and I6. I6 will move into the victory building in case Russian riders try to run the gauntlet and get into the building early. Dummy counters will be in N10, V0 and U2. Hopefully the Russians take too much time and too many losses breaking through the up front defense to have the forces to successfully clear the J4 building of surviving SS."
And now for Dan's Post-Game Comments:
"The plan worked. Aided by good shooting by 10-2 and the anti-tank units. With the Hetzer getting two kills. The Russians were able to clear the fortified buildings but at a high cost in time and troops. The SS were able to get three squads into the victory building and the Russians only got in the building during the last turn. By the end of the last Russian movement the SS still has viable skulking locations in the victory building and Grumble Jones offered his concession. This scenario is good late war fun and highly recommended for those who like a good street fight. My thanks to Grumble Jones for a great game."