Budapest Offensive - October 31, 1944 - November 15, 1944

Festung Budapest
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 10/03/2011
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Leningrad and Stalingrad were not the only great urban battles; the Siege of Budapest, which lasted for 108 days, was one of the bloodiest urban fights of the war. Because both German and Soviet High Command deployed huge forces in Hungary , it became the most important theater of war for the Germans. For Hitler, the defense of Budapest was more important than the Ardennes Offensive, because the only remaining oil reserves for Germany were to be found on Hungary 's land. Stalin was already thinking about the new European map, and taking Budapest would ensure Hungary's fate - it would fall under sphere of influence of the Soviet Union .

Stalin ordered Marshal Malinovsky to advance with his 4th Ukrainian Front towards the capital city (with support from Tolbukhin). He carried out the order, but his forces were unable to breach the defensive line outside of Budapest - Attila I. The 1st and 23rd Panzer Divisions counter-attacked on the Soviet flank. Despite the fact that the counter-attack was not a full success, it helped in halting the offensive. Defenders of the Attila Line were able to keep the Soviets at bay - in addition Hungarian paratroopers and some German units took out 50 T-34s. The line was held until December.

Axis Player: 5 cards

Soviet Player: 5 cards
You go first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals for the Soviet Player, 5 for the Axis Player.

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Soviets.

Special Rules:
Place a badge on elite Soviet and Axis units (Troops 2 - Specialized units).

Sandbagged Axis units ignore all flags (Attila Defensive Line). If the unit leaves the sandbag, the sandbag is NOT removed; if a friendly unit enters, it receives the benefits of the sandbag.

The Axis infantry unit marked with an Italian Badge is a Hungarian Paratrooper unit (Troops 2 - Specialized units). In addition, they are effective against Soviet armor (SWAs 5 - Anti-Tank Gun Late War).

Scenario Bibliography:
Krisztián Ungváry : The history of the Honvédség during WW2

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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