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Counter-Attack at Sverchkovo - November 24, 1941

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Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/29/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
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Historical Background:
November 1941 - Despite the cold, Operation Typhoon is in full gear: the Germans are trudging through snow toward Moscow. On November 23, they capture the towns of Klin and Solnechnogorsk. For the Russians, the situation is becoming catastrophic - A political commissar is believed to have said "Russia is big, but we cannot run. Moscow is behind us."

With this in mind, General Zhukov orders General Rokossovski and his 16th Army to counter-attack in order to retake Solnechnogorsk. Hastily prepared, with disparate elements including three Cavalry Divisions, the counter-attack ends in a severe defeat for the Russians, despite the successful rout of the 240th German Infantry Regiment, which took the blunt of the offensive. The German advance toward Moscow is slowed, but not stopped - at least not yet.

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.

Allied Player [Soviet Union]:
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.

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

Place a badge on the Allied cavalry units (Troops 8 - Cavalry).

The river is frozen (Terrain 47 - Frozen River).

(Open de France Memoir '44 - 2009)

Scenario Bibliography:
- 39/45 Magazine n°17 - La bataille de Moscou.
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°9 - Bataille pour Moscou.
- "Opération Barbarossa" - Paul Carell.

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