[Russia] Soviet counter-attack at Rostov - November 25, 1941

Unternehmen Barbarossa - Leibstandarte SS on the Don River.
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/10/2016
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x8 x5 x8
    first You play first

Historical Background:
On the 20th of November 1941, the city of Rostov on the Don river was captured by the Panzer Gruppe 3 under the command of General von Mackensen. SS soldiers of the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler were in defense on the bank of the Don when Soviet General Timoshenko ordered a counter-offensive to liberate Rostov. On the 25th of November, riflemen of the 31st and 343rd rifle divisions and troopers of the 70th cavalry division advanced in close order to cross the glacis of the frozen Don river. German machine-guns and minefields inflicted heavy losses to the Soviet riflemen. The first three waves were annihilated but the fourth one reached the German lines and fought in close combat. A German counter-attack repelled finally the enemy with success. In spite of the failure of the Soviet attack, Germans had to abandon their positions at Rostov and to withdraw to the Mius River to establish new winter defensive positions.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [Soviet Union] : 5 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
8 medals.
Exit markers (Actions 23) are in effect on the entire Axis baseline, for Allied forces.

Special Rules:
- Use "Red Army" rules (Nation 2 - Red Army).
- Use "Cavalry" rules (Troops 8).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for German units equipped with Machine-Guns (SWAs 8).
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29).
- Use "Frozen Rivers" rules (Terrains 47).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Opération Barbarossa" - Paul Carell.
- "Soldats du Reich" - Kurt Meyer.
- Album Historique Leibstandarte SS - Ed. Heimdal.
- Opération Barbarossa (1) l'offensive au sud vers l'Ukraine - Osprey Publishing.

Official scenario of the FFM44, played in the Memoir'44 tournament in Nantes on the 10th of December 2016.

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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