Taipale river - November 30, 1939 - March 05, 1940

Dutch Open 2016: Winterwar / Talvisota, scenario 1
Eastern Front By: Antoi - Last update: 04/29/2016
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
Both the Russians and the Fins know that Summa is the gateway through the Karelian Isthmus into Finland. This is the most defended place in the Mannerheim line. That’s why Russian troops try to lure Finnish troops away from that sector by attacking Taipale river. Here they find a seemingly undefended spot where they can cross the river. But Finnish forces left this peninsula undefended on purpose and pinpointed al their artillery at it. The first Russian assault is a disaster with hundreds of casualties as a result. Russian forces keep crossing the river however and their reinforcements seem endless. At some point they establish a bridgehead at the other site of the river at Kelja, Pahkemikko and Patoniemi, but before the end of the day Russian forces are repulsed. Although the Russian forces are overwhelming, the Finnish forces keep holding the line. The fighting continues until the end of the war, but a Russian breakthrough is never accomplished here.

Briefing:
Axis (finish): 6 cards you move first
Allies (Russians): 6 cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals
All three medal are temporary medals for the Allied (Russian) player.

Special Rules:
- Russian command rules ( Nations 2)
- Ski troops (troop 9)
- The frozen rivers (terrain 47) are Deeply frozen rivers. Infantry roll 1 die when crossing, all other units roll 2 dice as normal
- The two infantry units with an battle star have molotov cocktails. play them as follow:
infantry with Molotov is treated like infantry
in close combat, start hit on vehicles and armor
unit with molotov may take ground

Scenario Bibliography:
Trotter, William, A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War Of 1939-1940
http://winterwar.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War
http://www.go2war2.nl/artikel/554/Fins-Russische-Winteroorlog-1939-1940.htm?page=1

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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4
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