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Tigers in the snow - February 12, 1945 - February 20, 1945

Battle of Kurland
Eastern Front By: RBorg - Last update: 01/04/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
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Historical Background:
Hot on the heels of their success in Operatsiya Bagration, Soviet forces struck deep towards the Baltic coast, rapidly severing communications between German Army Group North and what little was left of Army Group Center. By early October 1944, the Soviets were in view of the Baltic Sea, near the port of Memel, definitively cutting off Army Group North from any retreat route through East Prussia.

Despite Guderian's plea for an evacuation by sea and subsequent redeployment in Central Europe where forces were desperately needed to help stabilize an increasingly dicey situation, Hitler stubbornly refused. Instead, he ordered the 200,000+ German troops to entrench themselves, in the hope of using the Courland Pocket as a springboard for a future offensive.

Little did the Führer realize that what he insisted on calling a bridgehead (the Kurland-Brückenkopf) would only become a bridge to oblivion for his haplessly trapped German divisions; They would go on to resist six major battles before finally surrendering to Marshal Govorov on May 8, 1945. The majority of the 200,000+ men of Army Group North would be marched into Soviet prison camps to the East, most of them never to return.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
Axis Player
[Germany]
Take 9 Command cards.

Allied Player
[Soviet Union]
Take 9 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
13 Medals.

Occupying any two of the three Winter Village hexes in Prekuln is a Temporary Medal Objective worth 2 Medals, for the Allied forces.

The fixed bridge - and any Pontoon bridges built by the Allies - over the river are Temporary Medal Objectives for the Axis forces.

Special Rules:
For the Axis forces, Blowing Up Bridges Option 2 is in effect (Actions 2 - Blowing Up Bridges).

Place badges on the elite Soviet tank units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units).

Place badges on the elite German Infantry units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units).

Tiger Tank rules are in effect (Troops 16 - Tigers). The German armor units with a single figure are Tigers.

For the Allied forces, Pontoon Bridges rules are in effect (Terrain 33 - Pontoon Bridges).

The river is frozen but impassable (thin ice).

Air Rules are not in effect. The Air Sortie cards are set aside and are not used in this mission.

Set-up Order
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33
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10
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