[Ukraine] Heros of Nikolaev - March 26, 1944 - March 28, 1944

Assault Group Olshansky.
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/28/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
March 1944, 3rd Ukrainian Front of General Malinovski advanced towards lower Bug and the city of Nikolaev (Mykolaïv). On the 26th of March, a Russian assault group of only 68 soldiers, under the command of Senior lieutenant Konstantin Olshansky, arrived on boat on the river Ingul and landed near the elevator of the shipyard. During two days, Olshansky soldiers, totally surrounded in Nikolaev, repulsed 18 German attacks and inflicted heavy losses to the enemy. On the 28th of March, when finally tanks of the 2nd Guards Mechanized Corps of general Sviridov entered in the city, they found only 12 surviving soldiers, all wounded. For their bravery, the 68 soldiers of Olshansky group were declared "Heros of the Soviet Union", most of them posthumously.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [Soviet Union] : 5 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. The City Hall and the theater are each a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized units" rules (Troops 2), "Combat engineer" rules (Troops 4) and "Sniper" rules (Troops 10).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for Axis and Allied units equipped with Mortar (SWAs 6).
- Use "Heroic leader" rules (Actions 8) to the Russian unit with battle-star.
- Ingul river is not frozen but impassable (Terrains 8).
- If you have the expansion "Sword of Stalingrad", urban combat rules are optional.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Nikolaev city internet site.

Remember, see the memorial of Heros of Nikolaev near River Ingul.
Official scenario of FFM44. Played during the tournament in Le Mans on the 28th of December 2013.

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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