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screenshot [MP] [BT] Turn of the Tide by Danielefc 4 Recommended by:juocKampfgruppeDanielefc Added on January 15th, 2014 Scenario start date: December 14th, 1942

Description:

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SCENARIO USES BLACK TURN MAP AND BASE GAME UNITS

TURN OF THE TIDE

INDEX:

  1. BRIEFINGS
  2. THEATRE ASSETS
  3. RE-INFORCEMENTS
  4. DESIGNER NOTES

  5. BRIEFINGS:

GERMANS:
6th Army is surrounded in Stalingrad! The Luftwaffe can keep it alive for the time being. But not indeffinetely. Operation Winter Storm has just begun (the three panzer divisions headed for Stalingrad from the South-east). However pursuing this operation might turn out to be dangerous as the Soviets stand ready to break through further north by the Romanians and Italians. Even further north intelligence is picking up rumors of further Soviet forces building up accross from the Hungarian 2nd Army. How will this threat be met? Army Group A - the forces in the Caucasus - has a dilemma. Does it stay and hold its hard earned ground...? Does it run to Rostov...? Does it fall back in good order towards the Taman peninsula...? Or maybe some combination of the above... Nothing is certain except that to avoid disaster a carefull handling of your forces will be required.

SOVIETS:
We have surrounded the German 6th Army! It is imperative that this powerfull fascist army be held contained and then destroyed. It is up to you whether this should be achieved through starvation or force of arms. But your goals are far more ambitious than this Comrade. The remnants of the Romanian 3rd army, that held the flank north of Stalingrad, is ripe for another breakthrough. Only one or two Panzer-Divisions can offer any real resistance here. South of Stalingrad the Germans have somehow managed to mount a rather powefull relief attempt. Defeat this force and you will have a clear path to Rostov. If you are fast enough here the entire German Army Group A will be cut off in the Caucasus. Furthermore: In mere weeks your forces accross from the Hungarian 2nd Army will be ready for their offensive. If you succeed in breaking this poorly equipped Army then the hole in Fritz's lines will surely be too big for any recovery to be possible. Be aggressive commander - but do not over-reach... We have come too far to repeat old mistakes.

  1. THEATRE ASSETS:

AXIS:
4 Air supply each turn (30 Total)
1 Bridge Engineer each turn (2 Total)
1 Air Strike each turn (unlimited)

SOVIETS:
2 Bridge Engineers each turn (4 Total)
1 Air Strike each turn (Unlimited)

  1. RE-INFORCEMENTS:

TURN 1:
SOVIETS:
None
AXIS:
1 Regular Infantry Division (6 steps) – Just South of Tatsinskaya
2 Infantry Steps
1 Heavy Tank Step

TURN 2:
SOVIETS:
2 Veteran Rifle Corps (both 7 steps, T-34 and Arty) – Just south of Stalingrad
1 Regular Rifle Corps (7 steps and Katyusha) – Just south of Stalingrad
1 Regular Tank Corps (7 steps) – Just south of Stalingrad
1 Arty Step
6 Infantry Steps
AXIS:
1 Veteran SS-Division (4 steps) – South West of Voronezh

TURN 3:
SOVIETS:
10 Infantry steps
5 Tank Steps
1 T-34 Steps
2 AT-Steps
AXIS:
1 Regular Infantry Division (3steps) – Just East of Morozovsk

TURN 4:
SOVIETS:
10 Infantry Steps
12 Tank Steps
AXIS:
1 Green Infantry Division (5 steps) – South of Rostov
1 Green Infantry Division (5 steps) – Near Tatsinskaya
1 Regular Infantry Division (3 steps) – Near Millerovo

TURN 5:
SOVIETS:
None
AXIS:
1 Regular Infantry Division (6 steps) – West of Rostov
1 Regular Panzer Division (5 steps) – West of Rostov

TURN 6:
SOVIETS:
12 Infantry Steps
4 Tank Steps
AXIS:
1 Regular Infantry Division (6 steps) – West of Rostov
1 Regular Infantry Division (6 steps) – By Kupiansk

TURN 7:
SOVIETS:
2 Regulars Rifle Corps (both with 7 steps) – North West of Voronezh
1 Regular Tank Corps (6 Steps) – North West of Voronezh
3 Artillery Steps
AXIS:
1 Regular Panzer Division (5 steps) – By Izium
1 Veteran Infantry Division (5 steps) – By Orel

TURN 8:
SOVIETS:
1 Regular Rifle Corps (7 steps and T-34) – North West of Voronezh
1 Regular Tank Corps (6 steps) – North West of Voronezh
10 Infantry Steps
AXIS:
1 Veteran Panzer Division (3 steps) – By Orel or Bryansk
1 AT step

TURN 9:
SOVIETS:
None
AXIS:
1 Regular Infantry Division (6 steps) - By Orel or Bryansk
1 Regular Panzer Division (5 steps) - By Orel or Bryansk

TURN 10:
SOVIETS:
8 Infantry Steps
2 Tank Steps
AXIS:
1 Veteran Infantry Division (5 steps) - By Orel or Bryansk

TURN 11:
None

TURN 12:
SOVIETS:
None
AXIS:
1 Elite Mechanized Division (5 steps (2 are surpressed)) – By Kharkov or Poltava

TURN 13:
None

TURN 14:
SOVIETS:
6 Infantry Steps
1 Infantry Steps
AXIS:
1 Veteran SS Mechanized Division (6 steps,50% surpressed)- By Kharkov or Poltava

TURN 15:
SOVIETS:
None
AXIS:
1 Veteran SS Mechanized Division (6 steps,50% surpressed)- By Kharkov or Poltava

TURN 16:
None

Turn 17:
SOVIET:
None
AXIS:
1 Veteran SS Mechanized Division (6 steps,50% surpressed)- By Kharkov or Poltava

Turn 18:
None

  1. DESIGNER NOTES:

-Romanian Cavalry Divisions are represented by Romanian Veteran Infantry

-Romanian Mountain Divisions are represented by Romanian elite Infantry

-Slovak Fast Division is represented by an Elite semi-motorised Italian division

-Of the many german ad-hoc Battlegroups of the time; only some are incorporated in the scenario. However these are enlarged and some have also been beefed up with veterancy. This is done for balance purposes. These small and pretty much untrained batallion sized forces are in essence too small to be represented in Unity of Command. But they did hold up sizeable forces at very important times and places. As such they could not be left out. I feel that the way it has been done here works.

-The Soviet order of battle is not as ”precise” as the German order of battle. When it comes to the red army it is very hard to find reliable material below army level for many parts of the front. Many of the readily available maps on sites such as wiki are grossly innacurate. One even deployed the same army two places at the same time. Whoever made it didn't know that the army in question had simply changed names before re-deploying... and so the same army was two places at the same time but with different names. Because of stuff like this I tend to try and stay away from wiki when making scenarios. But alas it was not entirely possible to avoid during the making of ”Turn of the Tide”.

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Comments:

  • Only 1 Problem. Russians can never crack the German position on the Donets,and the 1st SS Panzer Corps can easily counter-attack against the over-extended Soviets. Or maybe I am Just doing something wrong.

  • A small but important addition: I recommend a house rule for players playing this scenario: To prevent exploitative gameplay: Only a single(!) german air supply pr. turn should be allowed outside the Stalingrad Pocket as it exists in the beginning of the scenario. This no matter the status of the pocket. So no "roaming never out of supply superblob" ;).

    Cheers

  • A masterpiece that can be modified to create even better scenarios. Quite strategic too.

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