[Germany] Crossing the Oder - February 27, 1945 - February 28, 1945

Eastern Front By: *player997446 - Last update: 07/08/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
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Historical Background:
The night of 27-28 February was marked by poor visibility, rain, and strong west winds. At 0300 a strong Russian patrol crossed the river at the north end of the salient on pneumatic rafts without being observed by the Germans, broke into the positions of the 2d Battalion's left wing, silenced the defenders, and sealed off both flanks of the 200-yard penetration. The storm and the noise of the aircraft engines drowned out the sounds of the fighting, so that neither the adjacent units nor the staff at the battalion CP were aroused.
Within the hour a Russian rifle battalion with antitank guns, howitzers, and five light tanks was put across the river at the same point on ponton ferries. The Germans were unaware of the existence of the bridgehead until 0400, when they suddenly heard the noise of Russian tanks starting their engines. The 2d Battalion commander alerted his reserves, but their counterattacks against both flanks of the bridgehead failed to dislodge the Russians.
The Russians were then able to expand their bridgehead, despite the dogged resistance from the untrained German troops. In the Russian units on the left crossed the river and were also able to establish themselves. The Russian bridgehead which was to assume decisive importance a few weeks after its buildup.

Allied Player [Russia]
Take 6 Command Cards
In the initial deal, if you are given at least 1 center section card, discard only 1 center section card and replace it with a card from the top of the deck. If another center section card is drawn it must be KEPT.

Axis Player [Germany]
Take 4 Command Cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals
The German HQ hex is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Axis Player.

Special Rules:
[Actions 5 - Collapsible Rafts/Boats] All Russian units (excluding artillery) are equipped with boats and rafts. Tanks have rafts also. Units may not battle when being ferried on.
[Actions 19 - Night Attacks] Night Attack rules are in effect.
[Actions 17 - Capture HQ/Supply Tents] If the Russian player captures the German HQ, he may take a random Card from the German players hand and discard it.

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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