[Russia] Hill 693 - March 24, 1942

Bataille du Volkhov -
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 04/04/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the Soviet 2nd Shock Army failed to break the siege of Leningrad during the Volkhov battle, German forces encircled them on March 19th, 1942. In a desperate bid to escape, the Soviet troops turned to attack the Axis units who had just closed the pocket. In order to open a breach, they used KV-2 heavy tanks.
On hills 692 and 693, German defenders had anti tank units with improved light guns (Pak 36). The German first line was broken, but defenders on Hill 693 put up a fierce resistance and stopped the Soviet armored attack.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis Player [Germany]
Take 5 Command cards.

Allied Player [Soviet Union]
Take 5 Command cards. You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The marked hex of Hill 693 is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Red Army rules (Nations 2) are in effect.
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29).
- The 2 Allied armor units with only one figure are Soviet KV-2 heavy tanks. Place a badge on them and use the Tiger rules (Troops 16) for these units.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for Axis units equipped with anti-tank guns (SWAs 2). Place the proper figure or badge on these units.
- Frozen Rivers rules (Terrain 47) are in effect.
- If you play with the New Flight Plan, the starting number of air combat cards is amended for this scenario: 3 for the Axis, 1 for the Allies; in addition, Allied armor units only move up to 2 hexes. If you don’t use the New Flight Plan, then Blitz rules (Actions 15) are in effect.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Ligne de Front n°56 - Sang et gloire sur le Volkhov.

Scenario played on the 5th tournament of Picardie at Ravenel on the 4th of June 2016.

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