Slovak invasion of Poland (September 1939) - September 01, 1939

Eastern Front By: Henry Pelham - Last update: 02/02/2012
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x5 x4 x5 x4
    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:
In September 1939, the newly-formed and ultimately short-lived Slovak Republic -- a protectorate of Germany -- invaded their neighbors to the north, Poland. This Slovak state, led by Jozef Tiso, only lasted from March 1939 to April 1945. Tiso was eager to assist Hitler and Nazi planners in their campaign against Poland and the Soviet Union. In 1947 he was executed for his collaboration with Nazi Germany.

During the September 1939 Slovak invasion of Poland, the Slovaks marched infantry north from the mountain towns of Zakopane and Javorina across the border toward the Polish town of Nowy Targ. They attacked the Polish Karpaty Army (Carpathian Army), a mix of infantry and light artillery. The Slovaks put together a mechanized unit during the month-long campaign, but it was never put into action.

Thanks to Nygaard, Jeronimon, KommandoBob, Mr_Simon, stevie02, gheintze, hester24, Tabou, Leutnant Michel, M44Fan, Vekkiller, southoftheborder, SKUEINK, and sam1812 for help and playtesting.

After testing many versions, this final version was played eighteen times. Allies won 50% and averaged 2.78 medals. Axis won 50% and averaged 2.72 medals. The scenario took an average of 14.5 minutes to play. My goal was a 50/50, 15 minute scenario, with enough strategic flexibility for both sides.

Henry Pelham

Allies (Poland): Take five cards.

Axis (Slovak Republic): Take five cards. You move first.

Mountain hexes (as of January 2012) do not work in expert mode. As a work-around, all hills north of mountains are impassable. Also the hills on the south edge of the board near Javorina are impassable.

Conditions of Victory:
Four medals.

Special Rules:

Scenario Bibliography:

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World.

Further reading:

King, Jeremy. Budweisers into Czechs and Germans: A Local History of Bohemian Politics, 1848?1948. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2002.
Leff, Carol Skalnik. The Czech and Slovak Republics: Nation versus State. Boulder.: Westview, 1997.
Toma, Peter A., and Duan Ková. Slovakia: From Samo to Dzurinda. Stanford: Hoover Institution, 2001.

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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