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[Operation Bagration] Smorgon - July 09, 1944

Russia
By: Brycie35 - Last update: 06/07/2006
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x4 x6


There are problems with this scenario: it cannot be set-up using the standard terrain tiles of Memoir '44 and the selected extensions. There are too many terrains of one or more types. Please contact the author.

Historical Background:
With the imminent loss of Minsk approaching, even Hitler could see that Army Group Centre was in grave danger. Hitler sacked Field Marshall Busch, & allowed Field Marshall Model to release the 5th Panzer Division from Army Group North, hoping that they could at least slow the Russian 5th Guards Tank Army's drive to Vilnius. Model wasn't known as Hitler's "Fireman" for nothing!
5th Panzer division, with 70 Panthers, 55 MK IVs & 20 Tigers of the Schwere Panzer Abteilung 505, took position around Molodechno. Their job was to hold the Minsk-Vilnius Highway, and allow as much as possible of Army Group Centre to escape, so that they could regroup behind Vilnius. The 13th Panzergrenider Regiments mission was to hold open the road East of Radoshkovichi. Once the rest of 5th Panzer division was assembled behind the 13th Panzergreniders, the entire Division was to counterattack towards the South-West. This counterattack was continually delayed and postponed due to a lack of fuel. It was not until the following week that battles began raging on the Radoshkovichi- Molodechno-Smorgon highway, as opportunistic attacks & counterattacks were made in turn by both sides. By 9th July, the 5th Panzer & supporting Pzabt 505, had knocked out 500 Soviet Tanks. However, they suffered similar losses themselves. The Russian 5th Guards were eventually halted at the Vistula, mainly due to exhaustion, but also to the efforts of the 5th Panzer division, & its attached Tigers Tanks.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.


Briefing:
Russian Player: 4 Cards
You move first
German Player: 6 Cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals
Each of the 3 objective Medal locations count as a Victory Medal for the Russian player. Place an Objective Medal on each of these hexes. As long as the Russian unit remains on the hex, it continues to count toward the Russian victory. If the unit moves off or is eliminated, it no longer counts.

Special Rules:
Treat all open countryside hexes as Marsh hexes.
The German Special Forces Tank units are Heavy Tank Units & have 4 figures. Place a Special Force Badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish it from the other units.
All German Infantry units are Panzer Grenadiers. They may move 2 and still battle.
The Russia Special Forces Tank unit is a Heavy Tank unit & has 4 figures. Place a Special Force Badge in the same hex with this unit to distinguish it from the other units.
All Russian Infantry units are Elite Russian Guards units. They may move 2 and still battle.
The Unit marked with Battle Star token is a Camouflaged unit. Camouflage rules are explained on page 8 of the Pacific expansion rulebook.

Scenario Bibliography:
The Oxford Companion to World War 2 - By John Keegan
The World War 2 Databook - By John Ellis
Atlas of World war 2 - By David and Andrew Wiest
ASL Scenario AP11 Swamp Cats

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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