[Russia] Pripyat Bridgehead - January 06, 1944 - December 06, 1944

Through the Swamp
Eastern Front By: secret_strategem - Last update: 02/18/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first


Historical Background:
During June 1944 a German infantry division had taken up defensive positions along the north bank of the Pripyat River. In this area the Pripyat River was bounded on both sides by extensive swamps and a maze of small streams and tributaries, stagnant pools and lakes. The road bridge was out, but since the river at this point was shallow and the bed was sandy, it could be forded with comparative ease.
The Germans expected that the Russians would attempt a crossing at the bridge site, where terrain conditions favored such an undertaking. But, realizing that German resistance would be strongest on both sides of the bridge site, the Russians decided to establish a bridgehead at the most unlikely point?in the worst swamps east of the bridge. The Germans saw a few patrols in this area, but did not put much weight to the observations.
The Russian bridgehead was gradually reinforced, and three or four nights later the garrisons seized the nearest German outposts. A subsequent German counterattack failed because the swamp was extremely difficult to approach. Moreover, the German unit making the counterattack was placed under very accurate flanking fire by Russian snipers sitting in trees. In 2 weeks the Russians had thus created an adequate jump-off base for further operations.
One foggy morning they attacked the German outposts in the immediate area of the river bend. They suddenly employed artillery and a few close-support aircraft to neutralize positions in the German line and to prevent movement of reserves. As a result of this attack, the Germans were pushed back to the edge of the swamp. Content with this success, the Russians took up defensive positions along the perimeter of their newly won bridgehead, which was later used for a major offensive.

Briefing:
Allied Player [Russia]
Take 6 Command Cards
You Move First

Axis Player [Germany]
Take 4 Command Cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals
The two village hexes are Temporary Medal Objectives for the Russian Player.

Special Rules:
[Troops 10 - Snipers] Sniper rules are in effect for the single figure Russian units with the Sniper badges.
The River hexes can only be crossed at the fords and at the broken bridge, which is treated as a ford.
Russian Command Rules are NOT in effect.

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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