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Battle of Nyíregyháza - October 19, 1944 - October 23, 1944

Pliyev trapped
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 10/01/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x3 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On 22 October 1944, Pliyev's group captured Nyíregyháza. The line of communications of Wöhler's Eighth Army was severed. German Colonel-General Friessner had ordered Wöhler to disengage and fall back northwest of Nyíregyháza and attempt to form a defensive line. This move was already in progress when Cavalry Mechanized Group Pliyev cut Wöhler's lines of communications.

The German 23rd and 1st Panzer Divisions, led by the King Tigers of the 503rd Heavy Panzer Detachment, would spearhead the attack to the east. Paul Klatt's 3rd Mountain Division (3. Gebirgs-Division), the 15th Infantry Division, and the 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer formed the forces attacking to the west. The Feldherrnhalle, 13th Panzer, and 46th Infantry Divisions would be held back to counter any Soviet breakout attempt.

The attack began on 23 October 1944. It quickly sliced through the infantry corps defending Cavalry Mechanized Group Pliyev's lines of communication. At 0200 on 24 October 1944, forces of the 23rd Panzer Division reached Nagykálló. Nagykálló was already occupied by the German 3rd Mountain Division. This completed the encirclement of Pliyev's group. As the corps of the cavalry mechanized group launched probing attacks to find an escape route, it quickly became clear that there was no way out. The German-Hungarian forces began closing in on the encircled Soviets.

Malinovsky sent Soviet forces north to break through to Pliyev's group. However, these were met by determined resistance from the Axis forces. Friessner has succeeded and Malinovsky's advance soon stalled.

Axis Player: 5 cards
You move first.

Soviet Player: 3 cards
You draw 2 until you get a hand of 5 cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

If the Axis player controls one hex of the Debrecen-Nyiregyhaza road at the beginning of his turn, he receives a permanent medal.

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

Scenario Bibliography:

Ungváry Krisztián: A magyar honvédség a második világháborúban


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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