Destruction of the 44th Division - January 02, 1939 - January 30, 1939

Dutch Open 2016: Winterwar / Talvisota, scenario 4
Eastern Front By: Antoi - Last update: 04/30/2016
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
January 1940: After the success at Tolvajarvi, Finnish forces began attacking the Russian invaders with renewed strength. A successful tactic they used quickly became known as Motti tactics. Russian movements were bound to roads. As soon as they got into the woods, Finnish ski patrols got them. This way whole companies vanished. Finnish forces knew that a head-on attack would be suicide because they were outnumbered. Instead they began fierce attacks in the middle of the Russian convoys. As soon as they breached through they barricaded both ends. This way small pockets of Russian troops were left and Finnish command hoped they would try to flee or just surrender. But the Russian forces inside these motti’s dug in and kept fighting until they died in battle of from starvation.
This tactic of breaking through a colon of Russian troops was also applied at the 44th division, on their way to assist the troops at Suomussalmi who were under attack by Finnish forces. A reinforced roadblock held the Russian troops in their place. The kilometers long convoy then came under attack by the Finns. Bloody fighting resulted in many Finnish deaths, but even more Russian lives. Again Russian forces got a choice: Flee, Fight or dig in……

Axis (finish) 6 cards, you move first
Allies (Russian) 5 cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals,
The bridge count as an temporary medal for the Axis player
The Town of Raate (two hexes) count as a temporary majority medal for whoever controls the most hexes of Raate
Exit on and between the exit markers is for the 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
- Place a battle star on any two non SWA infantry unit. The battle stars represent molotovcocktails. 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
- Early war mortar (SWA 3)
- Sniper (troop 10)

Scenario Bibliography:
Trotter, William, A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War Of 1939-1940

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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