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Evacuating Pest - January 11, 1945 - January 17, 1945

Battle of Budapest
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 10/01/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first


Historical Background:
Following the battles in the Attila line, Soviet High Command decided not to assault the city frontally. Instead, they opted for encircling Budapest from the south-west. The plan worked out - by the 31st of December, 1944, the Hungarian capital was totally encircled, and the front line stood some 50 kilometers further west. Typical for Hitler, he didn't want to hear about retreating to Buda, not even mentioning any breakout attempts. It seemed that the 95.000 strong German-Hungarian garrison would have to hold out on its own.

The Soviets, realizing that this was the perfect moment to strike, started probing attacks all along the Pest Bridgehead. After taking the outskirts, they tried to advance to the center of the city but they met serious resistance. It's worth mentioning that Major General Billnitzer Erno took part in the fighting with his assault guns, and many Romanians fought on the Soviet side. Despite the German and Hungarian sacrifice, they could see that soon they will have to give up this side of the Danube. On the 17th of January, Hitler gave permission to evacuate Pest. By the 18th, all bridges spanning the Danube were blown up by retreating German troops, despite protests from Hungarian officers.

This scenario depicts the last phase of the battle on the right bank of the Danube, from January 11th to the 18th.

Briefing:
Axis Player: 4 cards

Soviet Player: 6 cards
You go first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

When the Soviet Player reaches 2 medals, the Axis Player may exit his troops, by moving them across the Danube bridges. For every infantry unit he gets one medal. Other units may not by evacuated. Bridges may be only entered from one/two hex(es) (the German side marks North in this case - even though North is to the right): the railroad bridge from NW and SE; Horthy Miklós and Ferenc József from the SE; Erzsébet and Széchenyi from the SW.

All bridges (except for the railway bridge) are Temporary Medal Objectives for the Soviet Player.

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

Place a Battle Star on Veteran German units (SS troops). A Veteran unit rolls one additional die when close assaulting an enemy unit. A Veteran unit counts as a Medal when eliminated.

Place a badge on the Soviet engineer unit (Troops 4 - Combat Engineers).

All tank units may only move two hexes because of urban terrain.

Hungarian troops are marked with Italian badges. No special rules.

Special rule for the winter version: because there are not enough curved winter rail hexes, I had to substitute one for a town hex - this hex is marked by a battle star, it is treated as a railroad hex. It symbolizes the depots near the railway next to the factories.

Optional rule: both Urban and Winter Combat Cards may be used. After playing recon, the respective player may draw from either deck. After playing TFH, both decks must be shuffled up.

Scenario Bibliography:
Ungváry Krisztián: A magyar honvédség a második világháborúban

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Budapest
http://www.bunkermuzeum.hu/Bunkermuzeum/terkeptar/kelet/54.htm
http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/546583-2/B1+Siege+Map_+Bp

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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