During March 1942 Russian pressure from the north and west forced the Germans to make a limited withdrawal northwest of Rzhev. In late March the 2d Battalion of the German 464th Infantry Regiment, including Company G, established defensive positions in a villaige about 12 miles northwest of Olenino. The village was situated on level ground and was faced by forests to the north, east, and south (map 7). The terrain to the west was open, permitting the defenders to detect at an early moment the approach of any Russian forces coming from that direction. Since the German forces in the area were not strong enough to establish a continuous defense line, the village was organized for perimeter defense. The battalion constructed snow positions above the ground, excavation of the frozen soil being impossible, and maintained contact with adjacent units by sending patrols through the forests around the village. On 25 March the low temperature was ?44° F. and 3 feet of snow covered the ground. On that day the 2d Battalion repelled several attacks from the west, inflicting heavy losses on the Russians, who then intensified their patrol activity.
The first attack caught the German's by surprise. It consisted of 100 Russian NCO's all promised promotions if they succeed in capturing the village. They attacked in camouflage snow uniforms and on skis, and just appeared out of the open, as they had risen from the ground. They had been invisible in their snow suits. After brutal hand to hand fighting in the snow, the Russians withdrew with 86 casualties. In the proceeding mopping up operations, the Germans would often stumble across Russians playing dead or camouflaging themselves under the snow and spasmodic fighting continued through the next day.
Axis Player [Germany]
Take 6 Command Cards
Allied Player [Russia]
Take 6 Command Cards
You move first
Conditions of Victory:
The two village hexes with the Russian Medal Tokens are Temporary Medal Objectives for the Russian Player. Any Russian unit that enters one of those hexes may ignore the first flag rolled against them, to signify an increase in moral.
[Nation 2 - Soviet Union] Russian Command Rules are in effect.
[Troops 2 - Elite Units] All Russian units are made up of NCO's equipped with ski's. They are thus elite units.
[Actions 16 - Camouflage] All Russian Units start the game camouflaged. Place Camouflage Badges on those units.
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.