[Russia] Counter-attack at Tortolovo - September 21, 1942

Closing of Siniavino's pocket.
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 01/08/2021
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the Volkhov Front, in Leningrad area, the Soviet command had launched in August 1942 an offensive in order to rescue Leningrad besieged. This offensive was quickly stopped in the Siniavino's pocket by the German 11.armee just arrived from Crimea after the capture of Sevastopol. The German counter-offensive began on the 21st of September with six divisions to close the pocket first and then to destroy the surrounded units. The 170.Infanterie Division was supported by four new heavy tanks "Tiger" from the Schwere Panzer Abteilung 502. But this first use of "Tiger" was a setback because of the woody and swampy area, not at all adapted for heavy tanks. Nevertheless, this technical fiasco didn't prevent the success of the German counter-offensive.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [Soviet Union] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.
Tortolovo is a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Red Army" rules (Nation 2 - Red Army).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for Russian units equipped with Antitank Weapons (SWAs2).
- Use "Tiger" rules (Troops 16) to the two Axis armored units with a single figure.
- Use "Field Bunkers" rules (Terrain 22).
- This scenario is playable with Air rules of the expansion "New Flight Plan".

Scenario Bibliography:
- Siniavino offensive.
- Magazine Batailles & Blindés hors-série n°14 - Tiger Abteilungen.

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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