Late in March of 44th, the battle hardened 6th SS Panzers launched an attack against the 3rd Ukrainian Army. No sooner than the attack had begun then they were countered by and even bigger offensive by the Ukrainians who crushed the heavily outnumbered SS. The survivors fell back, hoping to somehow stem the Soviet drive towards Vienna.
Lead by Lieutenant Colonel Fritz Hagen, an SS Kampfgruppe took up a defensive blocking position astride the main Budapest-Vienna Highway. Lead elements of Tolbuhkins 6th Guards smashed into Hagens tank support infantry screen in the midst of a spring snow storm. Panzerfauts and Panthers account for more than 100 Soviet tanks, with the sheer volume of wreaked Armour delaying the Soviet advance. This brief delay allowed the Germans to pull back to a new defensive position, though they also had payed I high price during the fighting.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Allied Player [Soviet]: Take 5 Command Cards
You Move First
Axis Player [Germany]: Take 6 Command Cards
Conditions of Victory:
At the start of the game before cards are dealt, the Soviet player chooses one of the following victory conditions for the entire game:
The two exit markers are in effect for Soviet forces leaving the board.
The 5 town hexes are a majority victory metal objective for the Soviet side worth 1 medal.
All German Infantry are Elite and may move 2 and still battle.
Special Weapon Asset rules are in effect for the 1 Soviet & 1 German units with Machine Guns. (SWAs 7)
Special Weapon Asset rules are in effect for the German unit marked with Anti-Tank Guns. (SWAs 5)
The German Special forces Infantry unit are Elite combat Engineers (Troops 4), they may also move 2 and still battle.
Half-Track rules are in effect for the German 3-figure Half Track unit. (Troops 18)
Tank Destroyer Rules and in effect for units marked with TD Badges. (Troops 24)
The German Tank Destroyer is a 2-figure unit, & does NOT count as a victory medal when eliminated.
The Soviet Tank Destroyer with a Battle Star token is a 3-figure unit.
Soviet units marked with elite badges are elite units. (Troops 2)
The Soviet Infantry with an Engineers badge is an elite combat Engineers unit (Troops 4), they may also move 2 and still battle.
Camouflage rules are in effect for the German units marked with a Battle Star Tokens. (Actions 16)
Air rules are optional. If used shuffle both air sortie cards into the deck. When drawn each air sortie card goes to the Soviet player.
ASL Scenario A74 Valhalla Bound
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.