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Gates of Moscow - October 18, 1941

Unternehmen Taifun - Unternehmen Taifun
Eastern Front By: RBorg - Last update: 04/07/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In October, the German High Command launched the final offensive of 1941 - Unternehmen Taifun (Operation Typhoon). The initial German success on the Eastern Front had put them deep into the Soviet Union on all fronts, but the advance slowed before they could reach the key cities of Mother Russia. The Soviets used their large population to continuously produce more military forces. Although poorly equipped and inexpertly led, the Soviet soldiers were deployed in a last desperate line of defense to keep the German army from reaching Moscow.

Mozhaisk, the last major town on the direct road to Moscow was captured but the German advanced stalled. The exhausted army had no additional reserves for the final push on into Moscow.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis Player (Germany):
- Take 5 Command cards.
- You move first.

Allied Player (Soviet Union):
- Take 5 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
7 Medals.

Mozhaisk and the bridge near Kaluga are Temporary Medal Objectives for the Axis forces.

Special Rules:
Russian Command rules are in effect for the Allied player (Nations 2 - Red Army).

Allied Armor may only move 1-2 hexes and battle.

Despite their appearance, the rivers are not frozen enough to risk crossing. They are impassable, except at the bridges.

Air rules are optional: If used, the Russian plane on the airfield is a Yak-7 (Airplanes 8 - Yakovlev Yak-1/7/9). The ready to take-off marker is a Yak-1 or Yak-7, at the Allied player's choice. The Air Sortie cards are set aside and not used in this mission.

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