Siege of Kolberg - March 16, 1945 - March 17, 1945

Wedding to the Sea
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 01/14/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
By March 16 the Germans pulled back most of their forces and concentrated on the defense of the port. The destruction of the collegiate church in Kolberg after heavy artillery shelling by katyushas allowed the Polish troops to breach the inner city. Polish forces assaulted the railway station (defended by a German armored train Panzerzug 72A, which was destroyed March 16), pharmaceutics factory and the horse riding arena.

On March 17 the Germans abandoned most of the defensive lines, leaving only a small amount of the troops to cover their retreat, and started to evacuate their main body of forces from the city. Polish forces took the railway station and reached the port, but most of the German troops managed to evacuate to SwinemŘnde. The last German stronghold was in the fort built near today's light house.

With the Soviet forces approaching in 1945, valuable equipment, most of the inhabitants, and tens of thousands of refugees from surrounding areas (about 70,000), as well as 40,000 German soldiers were evacuated from the besieged city by German naval forces in Operation Hannibal. Only about 2,000 soldiers were left on March 17 to cover the last sea transports.

On March 18, on the day the city fell, the Polish People's Army re-enacted Poland's Wedding to the Sea ceremony, which had been celebrated for the first time in 1920 by General Jˇzef Haller (there was also a lesser known ceremony on March 17).

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
Poland & Soviet Union: 6 cards
You move first.

Germany: 5 cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

The Germans must evacuate at least one civilian unit.

The Polish must capture at least one Temporary Medal Objective (the Fort or the city hex by the sea).

Special Rules:
Place a badge on Axis civilian units (Troops 25 - Depleted units). Also, these units may not battle, they may only be evacuated. When moving on the Fortress hex, they must stop, then next turn, if activated, are evacuated. The Axis Player receives a medal for each unit evacuated.

Place a badge on Axis and Soviet Elite units (Troops 2 - Specialized units).

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

All armor units may move only 2 and battle (urban terrain).

The Axis Player may use his Recon cards as a Barrage on the respective flank. This represents German naval support.

Scenario Bibliography:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kolberg_%281945%29
http://www.militarni.pl/?lang=1&cat=78&art_id=195

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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