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Battle of Ópálos - September 14, 1944

Romanians hold the line
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 08/29/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

There are problems with this scenario: it cannot be set-up using the standard terrain tiles of Memoir '44 and the selected extensions. There are too many terrains of one or more types. Please contact the author.

Historical Background:
On August 23rd, 1944, the Romanains have joined the Allies. Soviet forces were able to move fast though Romania, and reinforce the Romanian positions in Transylvania.

Hungary, while planning to join the Allies also, now saw the opportunity to reclaim lost lands during the unfair Treaty of Trianon in 1920. Southern Transylvania, which remained in Romanian hands since the Second Vienna Award, now its liberation was also the main target for the Hungarian operation.After reaching Arad, the 1st Tank Division under Lt. General József Heszlényi targeted the area of Ópálos, where they could stop the Soviet forces attacking towards inner Hungary.

The 2nd Romanian Infantry Battalion took place in the area, along with the 61st Heavy Artillery Section. The 1st Tank Division's infantrymen and tanks rushed for the railroad bridge over the anti-tank ditch outside of town. The initial attack was successful, but then Romanian resistance didn't enabled the Hungarians to enter Ópálos. The chance, to effectively resist against Soviet tanks has failed.

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

Axis Player [ Hungary ]: 6 cards.
You go first.

Allied Player [ Romania ]: 5 cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

The church in Ópálos counts as a Temporary Medal Objectivel for the Axis Player.

Special Rules:
The anti-tank ditch has the following rules:
It functions exactly as a Gully, except it can be entered from the sloped side too. When entering, the unit must stop, and may not move further that turn. Impassable for tanks and artillery. Does not blocks LOS.

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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