Russian General Rodion Malinovsky's detachment had encircled the doomed city of Budapest. The German Garrison ordered by Hitler to defend to the city to the last man, worked anxiously to fortify the city in preparation for a siege. On the west bank of the Danube River, Russian artillery pounded the city of Buda, while STAVKA launched three divisions into the streets of Pest. After 10 days of continuous fighting, the Germans were running out just about anything except wounded, and each day were getting pushed further back by repeated Soviet attacks. Each Soviet gain however was paid for with many Russians lives.
One of these strong points to be taken in the city was the Ceramic Factory, where well armed & determined mixed Elements of the 8th and 22nd SS Cavalry Divisions had set up a circular defence.
Lead Elements of the Russian 30th Rifle Division circled around to the South the German positions in order to strike at the Germans from the West, while Elements of the 18th Russian Guards attacked simultaneously from the East. Russian Infantry were mowed down by machine gun fire from windows in the factory as they attempted to move down the city streets. Only by blasting holes in the walls were the Russian able to advance on the factory. Finally the Russian Guards burst out of the surrounding Buildings & stormed the Factory with bitter hand to had fighting. There & also in the Neighbouring Textile Factory were the German Garrison defenders finally wiped out. While German Tanks which had repelled repeated attacks through the numerous Gardens & parks of the city run out of fuel & ammunition, & there crews were forced to Abandon their vehicles.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Russian Player: 5 command cards
You move first
German Player: 6 command cards
Conditions of Victory:
Control of Ceramics factory (2 hexes), counts as a Victory Medal for the Russian player. To gain control, your side must occupy more of the Building hexes than the German side. Place Objective Medal in these hexes.
The Ceramics Factory, & the Textiles factory are both heavily fortified. Units inside may ignore ALL flags.
The Russia Special Forces infantry are Elite Russian Guards units; they may move 2 and still battle. Place a Russia Special Force Badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from other units.
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.
All German Infantry are Elite SS Troops; they may move 2 and still battle.
The single figure German Special forces units are Snipers. Place a German sniper badge with this unit to distinguish them from other units.
Units marked with Battle Star tokens are Camouflaged units. Camouflage rules are explained on page 8 of the Pacific expansion rulebook.
The Oxford Companion to World War 2 - By John Keegan
The World War 2 Databook - By John Ellis
Atlas of World war 2 - By David and Andrew Wiest
Deluxe ASL Scenario A To the Last Man
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.