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1119_12a: Too Little - Too Late - [HTH] – 16 Turns
Perelazovskiy, Nov 19th 1942:The 22nd Panzer Division had recently been positioned at the rear of the 3rd Rumanian Army to provide anti-tank support to the poorly equipped Rumanian infantry divisions. Previously, it had been lying scattered to the west, behind the Italian Front, where it received no fuel for training, or even for turning over the engines of its panzers. So when the time came to move, over half the division's strength was left immobilized. Then, when the attack came, the division was order to move eastward toward Kletskaya (see scenario 1119_13). A short time later the order was countermanded to the new axis of advance, in the opposition direction. As a result, the luckless panzers flung themselves into the path of the 5th Tank Army as it streamed south through the gash it had cut in the Rumanian Line. But alas, it was to be Too Little - Too Late! [Size, medium] Designer Note: This scenario has been optimized for HTH play.
1119_13: The First Cut is the Deepest – 16 Turns
Kletskaya, November 19th 1942:. At dawn, the earth erupted from the Russian guns and Katyusha rocket batteries as the barrage plastered the Rumanian front lines. Then came the Soviet infantry, first without tank support. They were beaten back by shaken Rumanian Infantry. With no time to waste, the tanks and cavalry were fed into the attack. The outgunned and outmatched Rumanians could not hope to hold the line. The defenses began to crumble, and the flood of Soviet tanks and cavalry streamed south, proving once again "The First Cut is the Deepest"
1212_02: Plugging the Dyke – 20 Turns
Chir River, 140 kms W of Stalingrad, Dec 12, 1942: The 11th Panzer Division was ordered into the Don Bend in order to assist the drive to relieve Stalingrad from the south, which began on December 10. The orders were to launch a flanking attack from Nizhne Chirskaya, approximately 60 kms from the trapped 6th army forces at Marinovka, to support the forces driving up from Kotel'nikovskiy and thus take pressure off the relief force. However, while preparing to move into position for this attack, the Russian army struck first, across the Chir River in two locations. Ultimately the mission to assist the Stalingrad relief effort faded away due to a series of Russian offensives across the Chir. [Size, medium] Designer's Note: the Russians are much stronger in this scenario and is best played against the Soviet AI, or a more experienced German against another human player.
1120_23a: The Long Left Hook - [HTH] – 26 Turns
Zety, 35 km SW of Stalingrad, Nov 20th 1942: On the second day of the Soviet Uranus Offensive, a badly supplied 51st and 57th Army joined in the attack. It was once again focused on shattering the weaker Rumanian infantry formations holding the flanks of the 6th Army in Stalingrad. In this southernmost section of the south flank battle, the task of 51st Army was to breach the line in the sector held by the Rumanian 1st Infantry Division, between Lake Tsatsa and the larger Lake Barmantsak. No sooner had the crisis in the Krasnoarmeysk sector 25km north been averted by the swift action of the 29th Motorized Division, than a breakthrough came in this sector. However, elements of 29th Mot Divisions were in full swing and well positioned to avert this second disaster by driving south into the flank of the 4th Mech Corps. Then orders came down to break off the attack and adopt a defensive screen. This action allowed 'the Long Left Hook" of the Soviet breakthrough to race unchecked deep into the German rear, encircling von Paulus' Sixth Army in Stalingrad [Size, medium] Designer's Note: This scenario has been optimized for HTH play.
0720_01: Desolate Dump on the Desna_Alt - 14 Turns
Yelnia, 77km SE of Smolensk: Yelnya has been described in the literature as "a desolate wrecked dump on the Desna!" Yet it gave its name to a sector of front where battles raged for five weeks. Why? It was a road junction almost surrounded by high ground, and represented an important strategic position as a "jumping-off" point to Moscow. Both sides knew this and so, as the battle of encirclement raged in the vicinity north of Smolensk, Guderian pressed forward with the 46th Panzer Corps to occupy this high ground. German aerial reconnaissance discovered the Russians had scraped together what they could and moved to defend this sector. On the night of 20 July the 10th Panzer Division advanced on Yelnya with the SS "Das Reich" Division on its left flank. Their orders were to take Yelnya!
0711_01: A Surprise for "Fast Heinz"_Alt - 14 turns
Dnepr River, 26km S of Orsha: On the morning of the 11th July, 1941, Guderian, "Fast Heinz" to his troops, had decided that the Dnepr had to be crossed with no delay. "Gross Deutschland" Regt with the 10th Panzer Division were to force a crossing and proceed with all haste to secure the North/South highway at Gorki.
Smolensk Operational Situation 1 (Op1.scn) - 16 Turns
130km SW of Smolensk: This Operational Situation simulates river crossing against an infantry force. On the morning of 11th July the armored forces of the 10th Panzer Division forced a river crossing defended by the Russian 110th Rifle Division.
0709_01: Drive Over the Dnepr_Alt - 20 Turns
165km SW of Smolensk: On July 9th, 1941, units of Panzergruppe 2 are poised to cross the Dnepr River near Mogilev. Intel reports that the Soviets are building a new defensive line along the river. An earlier attempt to take Mogilev on the march failed. The 10th Motorized and 10th Panzer divisions have been ordered to cross the Dnepr by the 10th of July and advance toward Gorki. Elements of the SS Reich Motorized Division will be arriving soon to help. Should Mogilev be bypassed?
#04 - Good Hunting (6 June) - 10 Turns
JUNO and SWORD Beaches, north of Caen: Landing on a two Division front, the British I Corps had the objective of taking the first major goal of the Normandy Campaign, the city of Caen. The landing of the 3rd Canadian and 3rd British Infantry Divisions took place along the normally peaceful French seashore resort area against the highly strung-out German 716th Infantry Division. Elements of the 21st Panzer Division were committed early but valuable time was frittered away with indecision on where the major effort should be made, east or west of the Orne River. Each time the area of operation was changed, the armored columns had to be routed across the bridges in the congested city of Caen. In the late afternoon, however, the counterattack finally went in and actually reached the coast halfway between JUNO and SWORD. At that point, the full weight of the assault fleet intervened while the British and Canadian infantry worked at the flanks of the penetration. This 1 day scenario covers the D-Day action in the center of the British sector of the invasion area.
#10 - The Race to Caen (6-7 June) - 20 Turns
HQ, German 21st Panzer Division, southeast of Caen: Allied airborne troops have been landing in Normandy since midnight and seaborne forces have been on the beaches since dawn but still no orders releasing the Division have been received. Individual units in the coastal sector have been fighting most of the day without support and many have been caught up in the collapse of the 716th Division. Only after Hitler woke-up at 10:00 was his personal permission granted to counteratack the landings with both the 21st Panzer and the 12th SS Divisions and to move forward the Panzer Lehr. By this time, however, there was crisis everywhere and after several false starts, the mass of the 21st Division was finally assembled northwest of Caen and ordered to attack to the sea. This attack came at a time when the British were pushing steadily to achieve their D-Day objective of capturing Caen and the ensuing two day battle north of Caen would grind the 21st Panzer into a shadow of its former self. The arrival of the 12th SS Division finally forced the British to a halt and to admit that their goal had been unrealistic. But as Brig Gen K Pearce Smith of the 185th Brigade would later remark: "I did not expect on my race to Caen, to confront 21st Panzer Division or any other Armored Division". Caen would further elude the British for nearly two months.
#09 - Bayeux Gold (6-7 June) - 19 Turns
Headquarters, German 30th Schnell Brigade, Normandy west coast: Shortly after midnight, orders were received from Gen. Marks at LXXXIV Corps in St-Lo stating that enemy paratroopers were landing in the area south of Carentan and that the Brigade was to prepare for employment. The reports of paratroopers were later determined to be false as the Allied airdrops were actually taking place further north in the area of the 91st and 709th Divisions. But as the dawn landings at Omaha and Gold beaches opened up, the Brigade was ordered to move to the area of Bayeux, between these two Allied landing areas. By late afternoon, the 352nd Division was successful in holding the Americans at Omaha Beach but the defenses of the 716th Division had virtually collapsed at Gold. With two of its own Bicycle Battalions and two Battalions of the 352nd Division (acting as Corps reserve) the Brigade was ordered to counterattack northeast of Bayeux with orders to stabilize the situation. But the British afternoon landings, largely unimpeded, had increased their material superiority to very high levels and quickly the counterattack turned into a fight for survival. Over the next day, the 30th Schnell Brigade would fight and bleed to cover the approaches to Bayeux and to thus protect backs of the 352nd Division fighting the Americans at Omaha.
#11 - The Bridgehead Battle (6-7 June) - 20 Turns
Supreme Allied Headquarters, England: As reports from the landing areas slowly filtered in, the Allied Commanders slowly pieced together a picture of the situation. Things seemed to be going well everywhere except Omaha and even there, by afternoon, the crisis was passed. The only thing to do was to continue the landing operations as planned in hopes that the build-up would exceed the German rate. At Rommel's Headquarters on the other side of the Channel, the picture was not as clear. Many of the Division Commanders and Operations Officers were still making their way back from the map exercises in Rennes and Rommel himself was still on the road from Germany. Information was sketchy and indicated that a major Allied operation was taking place, but was it only a diversion, was the expected attack in the Pas de Calais area still to come? Answers to these questions could wait as the release of the Divisions there would have to come from Hitler himself. The only option available was to fight with the forces on hand but a better option might have been better to do as von Rundsted later suggested, "Make peace you idiots, what else can you do?". This scenario combines all the action of the first two days of the invasion.
430214_02a: Like Wolves on the Fold [HTH] - 18 Turns
Sidi bou Zid, E of Kasserine Pass, Feb 14th 1943: German Pioneers were busy clearing lanes through the Allied mines in the Faid Pass. Behind them were the 10.Pz Div and to the south, near the Maizila Pass, elements of 21.Pz Div. As dawn rose on the Eastern Dorsals, the Americans seemed completely unaware that the Germans were about to pounce out of the pass on them, "like wolves on the fold."
430306_01a: The Spider's Web [HTH] - 13 Turns
Medenine, March 6th 1943: Looking at the map,the road net radiating from Medenine resembled a Spider's Web. It also resembled a web in another, much more deadly way. The British had dug in and concealed infantry and anti tank guns all along the front, with concentrated artillery firepower backing them up. These were well seasoned men of the 8th Army, who perfected the concealment of their positions while observing the movements of the 3 German PzDs. It was a well thought out trap and, unfortunately, Rommel's last battle in N Africa.
430408_01a: Go On at All Costs [HTH] - 16 Turns
Fondouk, Eastern Dorsal, Apr 8th 1943: Once again the Axis forces in front of Montgomery had manged to slip away from their pursuers. Alexander's intention now was to cut them off further north, but first he had to capture the Fondouk Pass through the eastern Dorsal. Intelligence sources had located the enemy units, but they had grossly underestimated their fighting potential. As a result, Gen Crockers IX Corps' orders to "Go on at All Costs", was turning into a very costly proposition. [Size, medium]. Designer Note: This scenario has been optimized for HTH.
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