Battle of Pápa - March 25, 1945 - March 26, 1945

Final Soviet offensive in Hungary
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 10/01/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x6 x7
    first You play first


Historical Background:
In the early hours of March 25, 1945, tanks from three Soviet Guards Rifle Corps (29th, 101st, 114th) and a Guards tank Corps (31st) began an attack in the direction of Nagygyimót and threw back German rear guards to the outskirts of Papa. The Hungarian Szent László Infantry Division, the 1st SS (LSSAH) Panzer Division and the 10th AA Division took part in the battle. Successful Soviet advance triggered the retreat of the main forces of the Leibstandarte and the 20th AA Division, with the HQs of both the Sixth SS Panzer Army and the 1st SS Panzer Crops being unaware of these developments.

The events of this battle may have lead to the famous "armband order". The order was issued to Sepp Dietrich by Adolf Hitler, who claimed that the troops, and more importantly, the 1 SS Leibstandarte, "did not fight as the situation demanded." As a mark of disgrace, the Leibstandarte units involved in the battle were ordered to remove their treasured "Adolf Hitler" cuff titles. Dietrich was disgusted by Hitler's order and did not relay it to his troops.

Briefing:
German Player: 5 cards

Soviet Player: 6 cards
You go first.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.

The marked town hex of Pápa and Nóráp are Temporary Medal Objectives for the Soviets.

Special Rules:
Place a badge on elite Soviet units (Troops 2 - Specialized units).

Place a badge on elite German tank units (Troops 2 - Specialized units).

Soviet artillery units marked by a battle star are Katyushas (Troops 14 - Mobile Artillery). Additionally, they are hit on stars because the rockets are mounted on trucks and they are fragile.

Place a badge on the German Big Gun (Troops 3 - Big Guns).

Units marked by Italian badge are Hungarian units. No special rules.

If you do not own the Air Pack or the Pacific Theater, use Snow Trenches from the Eastern Front.

Scenario Bibliography:
Updated version of:
http://memoir44.hu/forgatokonyvek/papa_vedelme

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LSSAH

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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