On September 26, 1941, Soviet units from the 9th and 18th Army attack the northern flank of the German 11th Army. The 1st Mountain Division and the "LSSAH" Motorized Division are rushed into position to bolster the German lines. Although some units buckled under the constant Soviet pressure, the attack soon stalled from a combination of poor coordination, limited planning, and German resistance. The Soviet units withdraw to prepared positions including minefields and anti-tank obstacles around Melitopol.
Seizing the opportunity for a decisive German counterstroke, von Rundstedt orders Mackensen's III Panzer Corps on a wide flanking move that gains the rear of the Russian forces. When the Panzers are in position, the Germans launch a frontal assault led by the "LSSAH" Motorized Division while Mackensen's Panzers hit the Russian rear. Completely outmaneuvered, the 9th and 18th Soviet Armies were crushed.
After three months of pushing on the Southwest Front, von Rundstedt's forces were able to achieve a major encirclement and victory.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Axis Player: Take 6 Command cards.
Russian Player: Take 4 Command cards.
You move first.
Conditions of Victory:
The German player after his first turn, may on any one following turn, order 1 to 4 armor units to enter the battlefield from the Russian baseline. An ordered armor unit must stop on the baseline hex the turn it enters the battlefield and may battle. The armor unit may Take Ground after a successful Close Assault Combat. If these German armor outflanking units are forced to retreat, they must retreat toward the Grerman baseline.
Blitz Rules are in effect (see p.4 EF).
Russian Command rules are in effect (p.3 EF).
Minefields are explained on p.4 Eastern Front.
The Russian player will lay Minefields out.