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[Battle for Berlin] Capture The Reichstag - April 28, 1945 - May 02, 1945

Eastern Front By: Brycie35 - Last update: 04/07/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x12 x6 x12
    first You play first

Historical Background:
On April 23rd Joesph Stalin declared that Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov (Commander, 1st Byelorussian Front) had won the opportunity at the main prize, The Reichstag!
The Operation started April 28th, & by the early morning of the 30th, the Soviets had seized the Moltke Bridge over the River Spree, the western half of the Diplomatic Quarter and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, all of which were taken with heavy casualties. With the area to the northwest secured, the three divisions of the 79th Rifle Corps began their attack towards the Reichstag on the morning of 30 April. The 171st Rifle Division headed east then south following the River Spree in order to flank the Reichstag, 150th Rifle Division headed south then east across Königsplatz to assault the Reichstag from the front, and 207th Rifle Division headed southwest past the Kroll Opera towards the Charlottenburger Chausee. Three assaults were beaten back with heavy losses although the 171st Rifle Division managed to clear the eastern half of the Diplomatic Quarter. It also enabled the Soviets to introduce tanks and self-propelled artillery forward of the antitank ditch to help the exposed infantry.
Due to a misunderstanding Maj Gen V. M. Shatilov (Commander, 150th Rifle Division) sent a false report to Moscow that the Reichstag had been taken, but when war correspondents converged on the Reichstag, they found Soviet infantry had only advanced halfway across Königsplatz. Aware of his error, Shatilov ordered his division to raise a flag or pennant on the building, whatever the cost.
The attack was renewed with the support of armour and artillery and after heavy casualties, Soviet infantry managed to make it to the front steps of the building what followed was desperate hand-to-hand fighting. Finally, troops with Red Banner in hand managed find their way up to the roof at 22.50 on 30 April 1945. The Red finally flew over the Reichstag and therefore Berlin.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Russian Player: Take 6 Command Cards
You move first

German Player: Take 4 Command Cards

Conditions of Victory:
12 Medals
Should the Russian player capture either Reichstag hex (& thus raise the Red Flag) they win immediately.

Special Rules:
The Water Filled Anti tank ditch can ONLY be passed by Infantry with the following rules: Moving Infantry unit must stop, cannot battle or retreat.
The Reighstag is to be treated as a Fortress.
The Axis Special forces infantry is Allgemeine-SS units; it may move 2 & attack. Place a Special Force badge in the same hex to distinguish it from other units.
All German Infantry marked with a 3 are Ad Hoc survivors of the Hitler Youth, SS, Luftwaffe units. They only have 3 figures.
The single figure German Special forces unit is a Sniper. Place a German sniper badge with this unit to distinguish it from other units.
The German Tank marked with the German Rosette Badge is out of fuel. It may battle, but it may not move or retreat.
The Russia Special Forces Tank units are Heavy Tank units & have 4 figures. Place a Special Force Badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from the other units.
The Russian Special Forces Infantry are Engineer units. Place a Russian Engineer Badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from the other units. See p.6 for details about Engineers.
Units marked with Battle Star tokens are Camouflaged units. Camouflage rules are explained on page 8 of the Pacific expansion rulebook.

Scenario Bibliography:
Atlas of World War 2 (by David Jordan & Andrew Wiest)
The Oxford Companion to World War 2 (by John Keegan)
Deluxe ASL Scenario 10 The Final 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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