[Yugoslavia] Battle of Sutjeska - June 10, 1943

Unternehmen Schwartz - Valley of heroes.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/30/2019
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
In May 1943, Axis troops launched Operation "Schwartz" against Yugoslav Resistance of the communist leader Josip Broz aka "Tito". This operation, known as "the 5th offensive", had the aim to surround Tito's troops in the area north of Montenegro (Durmitor mountains) then to destroyed them. One of the German divisions involved was the 7.SS Gebirgs Division "Prinz Eugen" which was specialized in the fight against partisans. During one month under the bombing of German and Italian aviation, about 22 000 Yugoslav partisans tried to breakthrough the German lines. On the 10th of June the 1st Proletarian Division succeeded to breakthrough the lines of the German 118.Jäger Division by crossing Sutjeska river in the south of Focà. In spite of heavy losses (one third were killed), Tito's partisans could escape by crossing the Zelengora mountains and then continued the combat against Axis troops.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 4 command cards.
Allied player [Yugoslav Resistance] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
For all Allied units, Exit tokens are in effect on the portion of the Axis baseline in between the two Exit tokens.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Resistance" rules (Nations 1) to all Yugoslav units. These are partisans. Badges are not required.
- Use "Fordable streams" (Terrains 61) for the Sutjeska river .
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine 2e guerre mondiale n°14 - Guerre de partisans en Yougoslavie.
- De Bello - 5th offensive : Sutjeska.
- Axis history - Operation Schwartz.

Remember, see the memorial of the valley of heroes near Tjentiste in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
and see the film "Sutjeska, the 5th offensive" about this battle.

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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