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Battle of Prokhorovka - July 12, 1943

Unternehmen Zitadelle
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/17/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x12 x6 x12
    first You play first
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Historical Background:
The morning of July 12, 1943, somewhere in the vicinity of Prokhorovka - Having successfully broken through the third line of Soviet defenses the previous evening, the tank crews of Feldmarschall Manstein's II.SS-Pz.Korps, are finishing breakfast and getting ready to mop up the last of the Soviet reserve units. But unbeknownst to them, 800 tanks of General Rotmistrov's 5th Guards Tank Army have reached Prokhorovka the previous night and now suddenly charge the surprised Germans. Breaking through the German ranks, they close in; many a single combat at point blank range ensues.

By the end of the day, the field is littered with the hulls of burning tanks, Germans and Russians alike. The next day, Hitler announces a stop to the offensive at Kursk. Unternehmen Zitadelle (Operation Citadel) has failed!

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

Axis player [Germany]
6 Command cards.

Allied player [Soviet Union]
6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
12 Medals.

Special Rules:
Tiger tank rules are in effect (Troops 16 - Tigers).

All Axis infantry units are elite units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units). Badges are not required.

If you are running short on Russian tank pieces, use Allied (US) tanks from the base game instead.

Air Rules are optional. If used, give each player one Air Sortie card at game start.

Scenario Bibliography:

Eastern Front
Air Pack
Battle Maps

- Album Historique "Tiger, le bataillon de chars lourds de la Leibstandarte" - Ed. Heimdal.
- "Koursk, le choc des blindés - Ed. Marabout.
- Magazine Historica hors-série n°56 - Koursk, 05-13 juillet 1943.
- Magazine Batailles & Blindés hors-série n°10 - Koursk, tome 2.