Battle of Ópálos - September 14, 1944

Romanians hold the line
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 08/23/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
On August 23,1944, the Romanians joined the Allies. Soviet forces were able to move quickly through Romania and reinforce Romanian positions in Transylvania .

Hungary, while planning to also join the Allies, now saw an opportunity to reclaim lands lost due to the unfair Treaty of Trianon. Southern Transylvania had remained in Romanian hands since the Second Vienna Award; now its liberation was the primary goal of the Hungarian operation. After reaching Arad , the 1st Armor Division under Lt. General József Heszlényi targeted the area of Ópálos, where they hoped to stop the Soviet forces now moving towards inner Hungary .

The 2nd Romanian Infantry Battalion set up their defenses in the area along with the 61st Heavy Artillery Section. The 1st Tank Divison's infantry and tanks rushed for the railroad bridge over the anti-tank ditch outside of town. The initial attack was successful, but then Romanian resistance didn't enable the Hungarians to enter Ópálos. The chance to effectively resist against Soviet tanks had slipped away.

Briefing:
Hungarian Player: 6 cards
You go first.

Romanian Player: 5 cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

The church in Ópálos is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Axis Player.

Special Rules:
The anti-tank ditch has the following rules:
It functions exactly as a Gully, except it can be entered from the sloped side too. When entering, the unit must stop and may not move further that turn. Impassable for tanks and artillery. Does not block LOS.

Scenario Bibliography:
Krisztián Ungváry: The history of the Honvédség during WW2

http://www.bunkermuzeum.hu/Bunkermuzeum/terkeptar/kelet/13.htm

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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