[Russia] Attack of the 9.Armee - July 05, 1943 - July 06, 1943

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Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/12/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x10 x12 x8 x12
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the 05th of July 1943, the Kursk salient was attacked by a huge German armored offensive. It was the beginning of operation Citadel, a pincer movement made by two armored armies : the 9.Armee under the command of Generaloberst Model in the north and the 4.Armee of Generalfeldmarschall Manstein in the south. After the preliminary fire of the artillery, several infantry divisions of the 9.Armee, with the support of "Tiger" tanks of the 505.sPz Abt and "Ferdinand" heavy tank destroyers of the 656.sPzjg Rgt, attacked the Soviet front line. Despite a Soviet fierce resistance, German troops succeeded to capture the first defense line. But due to an important loss of heavy tanks (generally because of minefields) Model had to engage his reserve armored divisions to support the infantry fighting on the second defense line in front of Ponyri and Olkhovatka heights. At that time, German troops were stopped by several Soviet counterattacks ordered by General Rokossovski.
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.
Teploïe, Hill 272 and Ponyri station are each a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2), "Combat Engineer" rules (Troops 4) to the Axis units with appropriate badges.
- Use "Tiger" rules (Troops 16) to the three Axis tank units with a single figure.
- Use "Tank Destroyers" rules (Troops 24) to the two Axis armored units with four figures. These are "Ferdinand" units.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Actions 15).
- Special Weapon Asset Rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for Allied units equipped with anti tank guns (SWAs 5).
- The Allied player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés hors-série n°10 - Koursk tome 2.
- "Koursk, le choc des blindés" - G.Jukes - Ed. Marabout.

Remember, see several memorials in this area.

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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