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[Germany] Battle of Lauban - Action 2 - March 01, 1945 - March 06, 1945

German counter-offensive.
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 07/31/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x10 x12 x8 x12
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In February 1945, 1st Ukrainian Front of Marshal Koniev advanced in Silesia towards river Neisse, surrounding the "Festung" of Breslau. On the 17th of February, the 6th Guard Armored Corps reached the suburbs of Lauban, on the Neisse river. The 6.Volks Grenadier Division defended the city in hard street fighting and kept it in German hands. At that time the German high command planned a counter-offensive to relieve Breslau. Two Panzer Korps attacked on either side of Lauban to try to suround the 3rd Guard Armored Army between Lauban and Naumburg. The German attack began on the 1st of March but the advance was slow because of the defense of Russian troops, particularly around Grissmannsdorf, place of a soviet tank counter-attack. On the 6th of March, the German counter-offensive ended, the Russian troops having evacuated the Lauban area.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 10 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [Soviet Union] : 8 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
15 medals.
Günthersdorf and the two hexagons of Naumburg are each a permanent medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the 12 Axis infantry units with "Elite" badge.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the 6 Allied units equipped with Anti Tank Weapons (SWAs 5 - Anti Tank Weapons Late War).
- In spite of the aspect, rivers are not frozen but just impassable (Terrains 8) except by the bridges.
- Air rules are optional. If used, one "Air Sortie" card is given to each player before the game.
- Winter combat rules are optional if you have the expansion "Winter Wars".

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés" n°49 - Baroud d'honneur à Lauban.

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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