Kursk Salient South - July 04, 1943 - July 20, 1943

Army Group South
Eastern Front By: 50th - Last update: 10/08/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x6 x6
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Historical Background:
Kursk was the largest tank on tank battle in history. The Germans had some 17 Panzer divisions to fall on the Red Army, while the Soviets had about 20,000 guns of all types ready for the German attack. This scenario focuses on the Southern Salient, just south of the city of Prokhorovka. It was across these plains that the German Sixth and Eighth armies along with the Hungarian Second and Third armies attacked across the Psel River. The Fifth Guards Tank Army defended the plains, and on the 12th of July, counterattacked the German 4th Panzer Army. It was an armored clash of well over 1500 tanks met head on as the Soviets closed to close assault. The German Tiger and Panther tanks were better at the long range attack, but the Soviets denied them this by charging them straight on. Also aircraft from both sides bombed the tanks vulnerable top armor. The Soviets surprised the Germans with the first appearance of the SU-152 tank destroyer. This mounted a six inch howitzer on a KV chassis. By the evening of July 12th, the 4th Panzer Army literally ceased to exists, and the Germans began to pull back. Hitler also pulled the Tigers and Panthers to Europe to defend Italy, now under attack.

Briefing:
Allies: Take six command cards.

Axis: Take five command cards and move first.

Conditions of Victory:
Allies: Take six victory medals.

Axis: Take seven victory medals, the city of Oboyan is a permanent medal objective.

Special Rules:
Air Rules are in effect.
For this scenario, do not use Russian Command Rules
For rules on Tank Destroyers, see Troops Card #24.
For rules on Half-Tracks, see Troops Card #18.
The single tank figures are Tiger Tanks, rules from Troops Card #16 apply.
The German elite armor represent Panther tanks, for rules on elite armor, see Troops Card #2.
For rules on Heavy Anti-Tank Guns, see Troops Card #23.
For my Air Rules, see Rongammers air rules. (available on BGG or my user page)

Scenario Bibliography:
Campaigns of World War II Day by Day by Bishop & McNabb
Commanders at War: Battle of Kursk documentary

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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