On the 16th of December 1942, together with the surrounding of German 6.Armee at Stalingrad, the Soviet Army launched the operation "Little Saturn" with the aim to destroy 8th Italian Army and the remnants of 3rd Romanian Army. General Gariboldi ordered to a battlegroup of Alpin Division "Julia" to take positions at Seleny Iar to reinforce "Cuneense" and "Cosseria" Divisions already engaged against the soviet offensive. From 20th of December to 14th of January, Italian units reinforced by some German "Stug III" of Panzerjäger Abteilung.385 defended the sector Ivanovka/Seleny Iar to the Russian soldiers of 167th Rifle Division by a temperature of 35°C below zero. On mid-January, bypassed by 40th Soviet Army which broke through the 2nd Hungarian Army, the Italian units had to withdraw before to be surrounded and abandoned their positions hardly defended.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Allied player [Soviet Union] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Italy] : 5 command cards.
Conditions of Victory:
- Air rules are optional. If used, the 2 "Air sortie" cards are in the pile. Russian aircraft is a Yak-1.
- Use "Red Army" rules (Nation 2).
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nation 6).
- Use "Frozen Rivers" rules (Terrain 47) for the Kalitva river.
- Use "Marshes" rules (Terrain 28).
- Magazine Ligne de Front n°8 - "Qui non si Passa" !
Official scenario of FFM44. Played during the tournament in Paris on the 18th of September 2010.
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.