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Ponyri, "Little Stalingrad" - July 05, 1943 - July 07, 1943

Eastern Front By: LooneyLlama - Last update: 02/13/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x12 x5 x12
first You play first    


Historical Background:
The offensive started poorly on July 5th, 1943 for the 9th German Army. Breaching the Soviet minefields and penetrating the First Defense Belt were considerably more difficult than General Model had anticipated and lead to heavy losses, particularly in men and tanks. The Germans finally broke through the First Defense Belt after an advance of only 10km. Both sides suffered heavy losses. On July 6th, Marshal Rokossovski launched tank and infantry counterattacks across the entire Ponyri section. These attacks did not succeed in pushing the "Germans back but did slow them down, inflicting heavy losses. Mines continued to be an important factor in the battle as the German forces approached the Soviet Second Defense Belt. On July 6th alone the Soviets laid more than 9,000 mines. On that day 88 German tanks were stopped by mine fields. On July 7th, the stage was set for the continuation of fierce but indecisive fighting. The fighting surged back and forth throughout the day at Ponyri Station. The village schoolhouse, tractor depot, railway station and water tower became company objectives, and ferocious battles were fought for their control. The intensity of the fighting here led to both German and Soviet writers to give Ponyri Station the title of "Little Stalingrad".

Briefing:
Axis: 6 Cards, you move first
Allies: 5 Cards

Conditions of Victory:
12 medals (Allies start with 4 medals)
Tractor Depot is a temporary medal objective worth 1 medal for the Axis.
Water Tower is a temporary medal objective worth 1 medal for the Axis and Allies.
North East Junction(either city hex) is a temporary medal objective for the Axis and a temporary medal objective for the Allies, both worth 1 medal. Both sides can occupy one or the other hex and still gain a medal.
The Schoolhouse(either ruins hex) is a temporary medal objective worth 1 medal for both sides. Again, both sides can occupy one or the other ruins hex and still gain a medal.
Train Station ( 2 hexes- both train station hexes ) is a temporary medal objective worth 1 medal for both sides. Again, if any unit from either side occupies one of these hexes they earn 1 medal.
Axis receives one medal for every unit exiting on or between marked exit hexes.


NOTE: Battle stars are only for identification of which hexes are available for medals.

Special Rules:
Mines are laid out by the Allies.
All special force infantry units as marked. Move 2 and battle.
German and Russian special force armor units have 4 figures.
German engineers as marked. Ignore terrain dice reductions in close assault.
Russian sniper as marked.
Russian anti-tank gun unit as marked. Hit armor on stars.
Railroad hexes do NOT impede armor movement. Treat them as clear hexes.

Warning:
Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

Set-up Order
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5
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3
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5
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