Counteroffensive on the Kalinin Front - December 05, 1941 - December 07, 1941

Unternehmen Taifun - Assault on Krasnaya Polyana
Eastern Front By: Quit2 - Last update: 08/26/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x10 x6 x10
    first You play first


Historical Background:
Although the Wehrmacht's offensive had been stopped, German intelligence estimated that Soviet forces had no more reserves left and thus would be unable to stage a counteroffensive. This estimate proved wrong, as Stalin transferred fresh divisions from Siberia and the Far East, relying on intelligence from his spy, Richard Sorge, which indicated that Japan would not attack the Soviet Union. The Red Army had accumulated a 58-division reserve by early December, when the offensive proposed by Zhukov and Vasilevsky was finally approved by Stalin. However, even with these new reserves, Soviet forces committed to the operation numbered only 1,100,000 men, only slightly outnumbering the Wehrmacht. Nevertheless, with careful troop deployment, a ratio of two-to-one was reached at some critical points. On 5 December 1941, the counteroffensive started on the Kalinin Front.

Briefing:
Allies: take 6 command cards. You play first.
Axis: take 4 command cards.

The German Wehrmacht suffers from lack of resources and winter equipment, which limits the tactical possibilities.

Conditions of Victory:
10 medals.
4 strategic points close to the axis baseline are temporary victory medals for the allied forces.
2 important defensive positions (bunkers) are temporary victory medals for the axis forces.

Special Rules:
Russian commissar rules are in effect.
The bunkers are winter field bunkers. They provide a defensive bonus for whoever occupies them.
Elite units are marked with a badge.
Sniper rules are in effect.
Combat engineer rules are in effect.
The Germans control the minefields.
The rivers are frozen. Check for thin ice when crossing them.
SWA rules are in effect. The anti tank SWA is an early war model: the unit can move OR battle.
Blitz rules are NOT in effect.
The winter weather prevents airplanes to fly over the front. Play the air power card as if it was an artillery bombard card.

Scenario Bibliography:
Wikipedia

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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