Prokhorovka (Northern Sector) - July 12, 1943

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Eastern Front By: rasmussen81 - Last update: 09/20/2008
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first


Historical Background:
The vilage of Prokhorovka was the target of General Hermann Hoth's 4th Panzer Army on July 12 as they tried to extend their frontage. Defending the area was the 5th Guards Tank Army who launched a counter-attack in an attempt to catch the Germans off guard and prevent a dangerous breakout that looked imenent.

The tanks collided just west of Prokhorovka in open fields punctuated by farms, rolling hills and gullies. The Germans found themselves outnumbered by a fresh Soviet force but the Luftwaffe played a vital roll in evening the odds, enjoying complete air superiority over Prokhorovka. Losses to the 69th Army and 5th Guards Army were so heavy, the Russian attack was halted and the units switched to the defensive.

Despite heavy losses, the Soviet 31 Guard Tank Corps and the 33rd Guards Rifle Corps fought the II SS Totenkopf to a standstill. After an eight hour battle, neither side had acomplished their goal but the Russians could better afford the costly battle.

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

Briefing:
Axis Player (Germany):

Take 5 command cards.


Allied Player (Soviet Union):

Take 6 command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

The town of Prokhorovka is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Axis player.

The town of Mikhailovka is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
Air rules are in effect. Give both Air Sortie cards to the Axis player. The German airplane on the board is a Messerschmitt BF-109 (Airplanes 6). If it is not move the first turn, it flies off the board.

Place a badge on German and Russian elite tank units (Troops 2 - Speciallized Units).

The Germans have been fighting for a while. Some armor units are already weakened and only have 2 figures.

Scenario Bibliography:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kursk#Prokhorovka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Prokhorovka

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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