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Romanian Counterattack - August 20, 1944

Second Jassy-Kishinev Offensive
Eastern Front By: nemesszili - Last update: 12/10/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
General Korne of the 1st Armoured Division organised his counterattack for 1400 hours. His aim was to push back the penetration made by the Soviet 6th Tank Army south of the Bahlui River. He sent German Kampfgruppe Kessel to retake Podul Iloaiei and Kampfgruppe Brausch to take Cosinteni and Scobilteni. The 1st Romanian Armoured Division would attack Hoisesti.

The 1st Tank Company of lt. Alexandru Velican held the right flank of the regiment and was the first to enter the battle, because of the dominant position of the hill it was positioned on. The Soviet AT guns and tanks hidden in the outskirts of Scobalteni damaged and immobilized 3 tanks from this company. Lt. Velican stopped the advance and adopted a defensive formation. Soon several JS heavy tanks appeared in the Soviet lines and four of them advanced toward the Romanian lines in open field, but were knocked out by the concentrated fire of the 1st and 2nd Tank Companies. The battle raged for hours with high casualties on both sides. An estimated 34 tanks and assault guns were lost by the Romanian regiment by nightfall. At around 1400 hours, a company of TBs (SPW 250 armored personnel carriers), stumbled upon the tank battle and helped evacuate the wounded from the field and provided close infantry support. Up until 1900 hours the 1st Tank Regiment had managed to hold off the Soviet advance from Scobalteni southwards. The tanks had already been resupplied with ammunition four times. A Soviet detachment made up of one tank company and one assault gun platoon tried to go around the left flank of the Romanian positions, but ran into the 2nd Assault Gun Company near Obrejeni. Lt. Virgil Petrescu had taken over command, as cpt. Alexe apparently wasn't there, and engaged the small Soviet column and destroyed much of it. However, another detachment went around the right flank of the 1st Tank Regiment. At 1900 hours, three aircraft dropped smoke bombs over the tanks. In the confusion created a Soviet tank formation rushed in on the road, while the Romanians were unable to fire, for fear of hitting their comrades on the other side. Thus, at nightfall, the regiment was encircled.

Romanian Player: 5 cards

Soviet Player: 5 cards
You go first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals for the Soviets, 5 for the Romanians

Town hexes marked by German medals are Last to Occupy Medal Objectives for the Romanian Player.

The Soviet Player must exit at least one of his units on the hex marked on the Romanian baseline, each unit worth 1 medal.

Special Rules:
All tank units may move only 2 hexes and battle.

Armor Assault and Air Power cards are removed from the deck (the two sides were mostly firefighting; the Soviets rushed against them only at the end of the battle).

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

Special Weapon Asset rules (SWA 1 - Special Weapon Assets Rules) are in effect for the Soviet units marked with Anti-Tank weapons badge near Cosinteni and in Scobalteni (SWA 2 - Anti-Tank Weapon).

Place a badge on Soviet and Romanian Tank Destroyer units (Troops 24 - Tank Destroyers). Moreover, the Romanian TD has only 3 figures.

Place a badge on the Romanian Half-Track unit in Doroscani (Troops 18 - Half-Tracks). Supply Vehicle rules are not in effect.

The Romanian TD unit near Obrijeni is camouflaged (Actions 16 - Camouflage).

All marsh hexes are impassable.

Scenario Bibliography:

Liberation of Romania

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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