Strong defense at Vinovka - August 23, 1942 - August 30, 1942

Unternehmen Fall Blau - The 16.Panzer-Division on the Volga bank
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 09/15/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
On the 23rd of August 1942, the 16.Panzer-Division, head of the XIV.Panzer-Korps, crossed the Don River and advanced toward the Volga River until they reached Rynok, north of Stalingrad, that evening. General Hube, commander of the division, received a message from Hitler ordering him to hold the positions at all costs.
The division was isolated on the Volga bank between Russian forces defending the "Tartar Ditch”, an ancient fortification used as an anti-tank ditch, and the suburbs of Stalingrad (Stepanovka) on one side and the 35th Rifle Division attacking from the north on the other side. Resupplied by the Luftwaffe, the division resisted all Soviet attacks until its relief by the other divisions of the XIV.Panzer-Korps arrived.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis Player [Germany]
Take 6 Command cards.

Allied Player [Soviet Union]
Take 5 Command cards. You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Special Rules:
- The Axis player lays out the Minefields (Terrain 29).
- The river hexes on the left side of the board represent the “Tartar Ditch”. These hexes are considered as regular plain terrain, except that they are impassable by Armor units.
- If you play with New Flight Plan, the starting number of air combat cards is amended for this scenario: 3 for the Axis, 1 for the Allies. In addition, Allied armor units only move up to 2 hexes. If you don’t use the New Flight Plan, then Blitz rules (Actions 15) are in effect.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Historica hors-série n°47 - Stalingrad, l'offensive.
- "Opération Barbarossa" - Paul Carell.
- "Stalingrad" - Antony Beevor.

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