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The Árpád Line - September 13, 1944

Red Storm over the Carpathians
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 08/24/2011
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x6 x5 x5 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On August 30, 1940 the Second Vienna Award redrew the borders of Hungary and Romania. Northern Transylvania was regained by Hungary, with a population of 2.633.000 people. Ethnic composition of this territory was 51.4% Hungarian, 42% Romanian, 3.7% German and 2.9% other nationalities.
The regained territory included the Eastern Carpathians, which was an excellent natural obstacle for invading armies.

The Hungarian Government began the construction of a defensive line, which could stop any invading army. The Árpád Line was the contrast of the Maginot Line; instead of building bunkers close to each other, they were built with huge gaps between them, having barbed wire, hedgehogs and additional natural obstacles there.
The Line seemed almost impossible to breach...

The Romanians joined the Allies on August 23, 1944. Soviet forces rapidly reached the Carpathians, accumulated troops near passes of great strategic value and began besieging them. One such pass was the Radnai Pass in the Radnai Mountains, which was besieged 3 times, but was never breached; the defenders only left the area after they were in danger of being encircled from Southern Transylvania.

Hungarian Player: 5 cards

Soviet Player: 6 cards
You go first.

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals.

Special Rules:
Hills are impassable.

The Elite Hungarian Infantry unit may be ordered starting from the 3rd turn.

Place a badge on the Hungarian Big Gun (Troops 3 - Big Guns).

Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the Hungarian infantry equipped with Machine Guns (SWAs 7 - Machine Gun Late War), for the Hungarian unit equipped with Anti-Tank weapons (SWAs 2 - Anti-Tank Gun Late War) and for the Soviet artillery units (SWAs 3 - Mortar).

The Hungarian player lays out the Minefields (Terrain 29 - Minefields).

Scenario Bibliography:
Szabó József János : The Árpád Line

"A küldetést Murvai Róbert Dávid készitette."
All hails to Murvai Róbert Dávid, the creator of the scenario. Well done, and thank you!

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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