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Erasing the Bridgehead - February 19, 1945

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Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 10/02/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
While the Germans were trying to relieve Budapest in January 1945, the Soviets crossed the Garam river in the north and established a firm bridgehead. Even though the counterattack of the 3rd Panzer Division stabilized the situation, it was not enough to reach the Garam river valley again. The Germans feared that the Soviets might use this bridgehead as a staging ground for a Bratislava-Vienna offensive. As the Siege of Budapest had ended and reinforcements came in from the Western Front after the failed Ardennes Offensive, German High Command began looking for a solution to secure the Nagykanizsa oil fields and to re-establish the front on the Garam-Danube line. Before any large-scale offensive could happen, this Soviet threat had to be taken care of.

The offensive began on the 17th of February, 1945. Both Heer and SS troops took part in this operation and they succeeded in erasing the bridgehead with relatively few casualties. Two SS Panzer Divisions, the 1st LSSAH and the 12nd Hitlerjugend arrived in the Párkány area by the 19th. They continued their advance towards the town and took it with some help from the 711th Infantry Division, of which some units crossed the Danube by boat. Then SS troops had secured the whole area by taking Nána. The southernmost section of the bridgehead was then in German hands. The Soviets had no chance of holding the bridgehead. The operation ended on the 24th of February, 1945.

German Player: 6 cards
You go first.

Soviet Player: 5 cards

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

The town of Párkány is a Temporary Majority Medal Objective for both sides, worth 2 medals for the Soviets, 1 for the Germans.

The town of Nána is a Temporary Majority Medal Objective for the Geman Player, worth 1 medal.

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

Special Weapon Asset rules (SWA 1 - Special Weapon Assets Rules) are in effect for the Soviet unit marked with Anti-Tank weapons badge in Párkány (SWA 2 - Anti-Tank Weapon).

All railroad hexes are on hills (Terrain 6 - Hills), except the bridge (railway embankment).

The German unit on the other side of the Danube is equipped with boats (Actions 5 - Collapsable Rafts & Boats).

If played as part of the campaign, the Soviet player is not allowed to bring in reserves on his left flank.

No unit may fire across the Danube.

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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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