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4815U  [Balkans] Ruzino Polje bridges
April 08, 1941
Mediterranean Theater
Advance of 11.Panzer Division.
By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/01/2009

Historical Background:
Unternehmen "Marita" began, Panzer-Gruppe.1 of GeneralOberst von Kleist, crossed the border between Bulgaria and Yugoslavia at Karibrod on the 8th of April 1941,towards Pirot city. The head of German troops was 11.Panzer Division which advanced quickly, only slowed by some roadblocks and some resistance points. The German vanguard arrived in front of Jerma river and was stopped by the broken road bridge, burnt by the Serbs. The crossing of the river was made by the railway bridge still intact but under Serb artillery fire. Tanks of 15.Panzer Regiment suffered some losses during the crossing but the German advance continued to Pirot, Nis and finally Belgrad.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, ane you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [Yugoslavia] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. For the Axis player, use "Exit" token rules to all allied edge of the board.

Special Rules:
- Jerma river is impassable (Terrain 8).
- Use "Blowing up Bridges" rules, option 1 (Actions 2), on the road bridge for the Allied player.
- The "Air Power" card is not allowed to the Allied player, he must activate one unit of his choice.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Historica hors-série n°15 - Guerre éclair en Yougoslavie.
- Image Google Earth, région de Dimitrovgrad.

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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