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Stalemate at Narva - February 15, 1944 - March 31, 1944

The battle of the European SS
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 10/04/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x11 x6 x11
first You play first    


Historical Background:
The Soviet 30th Guards Rifle Corps and the 124th Rifle Corps launched a new Narva Offensive on 15 February. In ferocious battles, units of the Sponheimer Group exhausted the Soviet army, which halted its offensive. Both sides used the pause for bringing in additional forces. The fresh SS Volunteer Grenadier Regiments 45 and 46 (1st and 2nd Estonian) accompanied by units of the "Nordland" Division destroyed the Soviet bridgeheads north of Narva by 6 March. The newly arrived 59th Army attacked westwards from the Krivasoo Swamp and encircled the strong points of the 214th Infantry Division and Estonian 658th and 659th Eastern Battalions. The resistance of the encircled units gave the German command time to move in all available forces and to stop the 59th Army units' advance.

The Soviet air force conducted an air raid, leveling the historic town of Narva on 6 March. An air and artillery shock of 100,000 shells and grenades at the "Nordland" and "Nederland" detachments in Ivangorod prepared the way for the 30th Guards Rifle Division's attack on 8 March. Simultaneous pitched battles took place north of the town, where the 14th Rifle Corps supported by the artillery of the 8th Estonian Rifle Corps attempted to re-establish a bridgehead. Regiments of the Estonian SS Division repulsed the attacks, causing great Soviet losses.

The Soviet tank attack at Auvere Station on 17 March was stopped by a squadron of the 502nd Heavy Tank Battalion. The Narva Offensive (18?24 March 1944) continued for another week until the Soviet forces had suffered enough casualties to switch over to a defensive stance. This enabled the Army Detachment "Narwa" to take the initiative.

This scenario depicts the situation which developed around the Estonian city of Narva in early 1944.

Briefing:
German Player: 6 cards

Soviet Player: 6 cards
You go first.

Conditions of Victory:
11 medals

The city of Narva counts as a Temporary Majority Medal Objective for both sides, gained at the start of the turn worth 2 medals.

The Harbor counts as a Temporary Medal Objective for the Soviet Player.

The Railway Station counts as a Temporary Medal Objective for the German Player.

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

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

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

The German artillery in Narva is a Heavy Anti-Tank Gun (Troops 23 - Heavy Anti-Tank Gun).

The Narva River is impassable, except by the bridges and by the ford (represented by a marsh hex).

Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the German infantry marked with an MG badge, which is equipped with Machine Guns (SWAs 7 - Machine Gun Late War), for the German and Soviet units equipped with Anti-Tank Guns (SWA 2 - Anti-Tank Weapon) and for the German unit equipped with Mortars (SWAs 6 - Mortar Late War).

Place a badge on the German Half-Track unit (Troops 18 - Half-Tracks). Re-Supply rules are not in effect.

The three German units near the baseline are Camouflaged (Actions 16 - Camouflage).

The three German units on the left flank marked with battle stars are incoming reinforcements. They may not be ordered or be attacked until the 4th turn.

Tiger tank rules are in effect (Troops 16 - Tigers) for the German tank unit with one figure coming in as reinforcement.

Winter Combat (Actions 25 - Combat Cards) and Winter Weather (Actions 26 - Winter Weather) rules are in effect.

Place a badge on the German Tank Destroyer unit (Troops 24 - Tank Destroyers).

It's recommended to use the Breakthrough Deck from WW.

Scenario Bibliography:
Blitzkrieg Mod: The Motherland Calls

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Narva_%281944%29

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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