Moravian-Ostrava Offensive - April 15, 1945 - April 30, 1945

Final breakthrough
Eastern Front By: deemao - Last update: 09/05/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first


Historical Background:
The Moravian-Ostrava Offensive, which was taking place since 10th March till 5th May 1945, was the greatest battle in the area of The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. Its main purpose was a breakthrough to the Northern Moravia and a capture of the industrial centre of Ostrava without major damage of the city because of its role during the after-war reconstruction of Czechoslovakia. It was necessary to calculate on a strong German defence consisting mainly of the 1st tank army and other separate divisions. Moreover, there was a danger of using the pre-war fortification.
After two not very successful parts of the operation, the main, the third phase started on 15th April 1945. After approximately seventy-minute artillery preparation the troops of the 60th army launched an attack. On the right flank were attacking the troops of the 38th army, the part of which consisted also of the Czechoslovak tank brigade. However, the attacking troops were hitting the tough defence of the German troops and suffered a great loss. The Opava defensive zone was not broken through until 20th to 23rd April. On 22nd April the troops of the 60th army freed Opava and this success enabled Soviet and Czechoslovak troops to launch an attack towards Ostrava. The main strikes continued on 26th April by an attack in the direction of Klimkovice.
At dawn of 30th April the main forces of the 38th army crossed the Odra river south of Svinov. During afternoon the tanks of the 1st Czechoslovak tank brigade attacked the German rearguard and fast advancing they penetrated into the centre of Ostrava together with the soviet 128th guard firing division. After 7 pm the Czechoslovak and Soviet units managed to penetrate into the city centre thanks to a heroic deed of an Ostrava citizen Milos Sykora, who had deactivated an electric line of explosives on a bridge over the Ostravice river. The German units were taken by surprise and were either liquidated or they retreated. Ostrava was actually liberated on the very same day, by which the main part of the Moravian-Ostrava Offensive was finished.

Briefing:
Axis player
Take 5 Command cards.

Allied player
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals

The single town hexes in Opava and Ostrava are a Temporary Objective Medal for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
The Axis player lays out the Minefields. (Terrain 29 - Minefields)

The Allied Special Forces Infantry units are Engineer units. Place a Russian Engineer Badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from the other units. (Troops 4 - Combat Engineers)

Place a badge on the elite Russian armor unit. (Troops 2 - Specialized units)

Scenario Bibliography:
http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostravsk%C3%A1_operace
http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/03/10/5159756/

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.

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