Corinth Corinth

The First Battle of State Farm 79 [FFM44] - December 07, 1942 - December 08, 1942

Chir River Battles
Eastern Front By: FFM44 - Last update: 01/17/2016
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x5 x4 x5
first You play first    


Historical Background:
On 7th December 1942 the understrength 1st Soviet Tank Corps, part of the Soviet 5th tank army under Romanenko, crossed the Chir and proceeded almost unopposed towards State Farm 79 and Sysoykin. This movement put the Soviet corps behind the Germans along the Chir and threatened to roll up the entire German line. The German 11th panzer under Balck was stationed as a mobile reserve behind the Chir and launched a counter-attack at dawn on the 8th. The German armour caught the Soviet infantry as they were moving into Sysoykin and destroyed them. The following German panzer-grenadiers mopped up while the German armour sped on, cutting off the Soviet armour from their bridgehead by occupying the high ground between them and Nizhnyaya Kalinovka. The Soviet armour attempted to escape the encirclement, but lost over 50 tanks in the process, along with posession of State Farm 79 and Sysoykin. The first battle of State Farm 79 had ended in a decisive German victory.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
This scenario has been created by yangtze.

Briefing:
Axis player: German: Generalmajor Hermann Balck: Take 5 command cards. You move first.
Allied Player: Russian: Colonel-General Prokofii Logvinovich Romanenko: Take 4 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals
An Axis unit that captures the town of Nizhnyaya Kalinovka, or a Soviet unit that captures the town of Sysoykin or State Farm 79, counts as one Victory Medal for their side. As long as the unit remains on the Town hex, it continues to count toward victory. If the unit moves off or is eliminated, it no longer counts.

Special Rules:
Russian Command rules are in effect (Nations 2).
The Allied special forces tank units are large formations, and all have 4 figures.
The Axis Special Forces Infantry units are Mechanised infantry units (Troops 2). They may move 1 or 2 hexes and battle.
The allied Special Forces Infantry unit is an engineer unit (Troops 4).
The Chir River is frozen (Terrains 47).

Scenario Bibliography:
http://www.stalingrad.com.ru/history/doctrine/charter_4.htm
http://www.stalingrad.com.ru/history/doctrine/charter_2.htm
http://www.11thpanzer.com/dsp_balck.htm
Panzer Command, Victory Games, 1984
Erich von Manstein, Lost Victories, The Book Service Ltd., 2004

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.

Set-up Order
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