[Russia] Defense of Balabanov - November 23, 1941

The "Nordland" regiment fighting as rearguard.
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/11/2020
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x6 x7
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The Nordic volunteers of the SS division "Wiking", involved in the invasion of USSR, had reached the northern area of Rostov when, with the arrival of the winter season, the Soviet troops began their counter-attack. the SS division Wiking was ordered to withdraw on the Mius River in order to reform a strong frontline. To give time to other units of the division to do their withdrawal, the "Nordland" regiment had to contain the Soviet assaults. In the village of Balabanov, the 3rd Battalion, with the help of the Pionier Battalion, blocked the way to the enemy.
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:
7 medals.
For the Allied player, Exit marker rules are in effect on the two hexagons marked by an Exit token (Action 23).

Special Rules:
- Use "Red Army" rules (Nations 2).
- Use "Combat Engineer" rules for the two Axis units with engineer badge (Troop 4).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for units equipped with anti-tank weapons and machine-gun (SWAs 2 & 8).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "La division Wiking dans l'enfer blanc : 1941-43" - Jean Mabire.
The village of Balabanov described in the book seems to be at present Balabino-Russkiy, situated in the same area.

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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