[Winter War] Battle of Raate Road - January 05, 1940 - January 10, 1940

Winter War
Western Front By: 50th - Last update: 09/30/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x5 x7
    first You play first


Historical Background:
The Soviet 163rd division had captured the village of Suomussalmi, but found itself deep inside Finnish territory. The Soviets sent the 44th Rifle division to aid the struggling 163rd. The Finnish 9th division destroyed the 163rd division and then turned their attention to the 44th division. The Finns blocked the road, which the Soviets attempted to break open with armor. They lost numerous tanks in frontal attacks. The Finns had placed mines on the road which stopped the column. As the Soviets attempted to retreat back to their own territory on January 7th, many froze trying to cross Lake Kiantajärvi. Mopping up took several days and consisted of capturing freezing and starving Ukrainians. The Finns captured a lot of Soviet equipment in this battle.

Briefing:
Allies: Take five command cards and move first.

Axis: Take five command cards. As long as you have the medal for Soumussalmi, you take two more command cards for a total of seven. If you lose the temporary majority medal, you discard two cards of your choice.

Conditions of Victory:
Allies: Take the medal at Soumussalmi and six more medals

Axis: Take the medal at Soumussalmi and six more medals.

Special Rules:
The medal at Suomussalmi is a temporary majority medal for the side that holds the most village hexes at the end of the turn.
Allies: Place a machine gun SWA badge with one infantry unit. For rules on early war machine guns, see SWA Card #8
Axis: Place a mortar SWA badge with two infantry units and a machine gun with one other infantry unit. All SWA are Early War.
Finnish ski troops mortars and machine guns fire 3-2, like the troops they equip as per SWA cards #3 and #8.
All SWA units are early war units. For rules on early war machine gun, see SWA Card #8.
For rules on supply trucks, see Troops Card #17. For rules on re-supply, see Actions Card #24.
For rules on early war mortar, see SWA Card #3.
The minefields belong to the Axis forces, for rules on minefields, see Terrain Card #29.
The Allied armor units are T-26 light tanks, and have two figures

Scenario Bibliography:
Wikipedia
Campaigns of WWII Day by Day by Bishop & McNab
Article http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/ttt08/finnish-tactics.html
http://heninen.net/folder_e.htm?F=raatteentie&S=vanha

Warning:
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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