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Russian invasion of Poland 1939 - September 21, 1939

Battle of Grodno
Eastern Front By: Randwulf - Last update: 02/06/2011
Allied Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x4 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
The Soviet aggression caught much of eastern Poland virtually undefended, as most of the Polish forces from the area had already been transferred to the German front. After breaking through overstretched defenses of the Border Defence Corps, the Soviet 15th Armoured Corps started a fast advance towards the city of Grodno.
Ill-equipped, undermanned, and lacking any anti-tank artillery, the Polish defenders relied mostly on improvised anti-tank means; such as bottles of gasoline or turpentine and anti-tank obstacles. On September 20, the Soviet tanks of the Soviet 27th Armoured Brigade of the 15th Armoured Corps reached the city's outskirts. Although both numerically and technically superior, the Soviet forces lacked infantry support and oil, which stopped many tanks. Also, the tank crews had no experience in urban warfare, which was a significant help for the defenders.

The Soviets tried to seize the city from the south through the bridge over the Niemen River. However, the initial assault was repelled. In the early morning of September 21, the defenders were joined by the remnants of the reserve Wolkowysk Cavalry Brigade under Brigadier General Waclaw Przezdziecki. After two days of heavy fights, often in close quarters, much of the city center was destroyed by Soviet artillery. Seeing no chance for further defense, on September 22 the remainder of the Polish forces withdrew towards the Lithuanian border.

Russian player gets 5 comand cards and moves first

Polish player gets 4 comand cards

Conditions of Victory:
Russian 6 medals

Capture of the city center is worth 1 medal to the Russians as long as it is occupied.

Polish 6 medals

Special Rules:
Polish Special Infanty are Polish Cavalry 4 figs Move 3 may over run, fire 2,1

Russian units across the river are damaged repelled units with only two figs per unit. These units may be healed with Medics and Mechanics card to regular size units.

Early war Russian command Rules are in effect.

Scenario Bibliography:
Much help from answers.com and Wikipedia of which the Historical background is a direct copy. I just don't have the time to put it into my own words when they did such a good job in the first place.

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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