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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New Downloads Page: Historical Scenarios!

We've added a new page for Historical Scenarios, and to kick things off, Mike Bersiks has supplied the community with 4 awesome scenarios that he adapted from ASL!  If you have some of your own, please email me (Steven at wwpd dot net) and I'll get them categorized and posted!

  • Bitter Defence at Otta.  British vs Germans.  GUDBRANDSDAL VALLEY, NORWAY, APRIL 28, 1940: As the fight in southern Norway moved into thehighlands, the German tactics developed into something of a uniform pattern. Largely restricted by the surrounding terrain and weather conditions and line of advance had to parallel the road system. Taking advantage of these restrictions, the Allies based their defence on a series of roadblocks supported by flanking fire from the surrounding high ground. The Germans, quick to learn, would answer this defence in a classic style by pinning the defenders with heavy fire while conducting a flanking maneuver with the main force which often included ski troops. After being forced to retreat from a number of positions this way, Allied troops once again formed a similar defence with units of the newly arrived British 15th Brigade near the village of Otta on the Laagen River.
  • Counterattack on the Vistula.  Soviets vs Germans.  NEAR WOLA CHODKOWSKA, POLAND, AUGUST 6, 1944: As the Soviet 8th Guards Army was expanding its bridgehead on the Vistula they met with stiff German resistance. Using the Hermann Goering Division, which had just been brought up from Warsaw as a lead, the Germans mounted a number of counterattacks in an effort to eliminate the Soviet bridgehead. After six repeated German attacks failed to achieve the needed breakthrough, a seventh assault was readied, supported by King Tiger tanks.The German tanks moved right up to the Russian positions and fired at point-blank range. With few heavy anti- tank weapons available, the riflemen countered with grenade bundles, mines and captured Panzerfausts left behind by retreating German troops. The Guardsmen found they were no match for the combined arms assault and called for support which arrived in the form of heavy tanks. By the end of the day the Germans had again been stopped but with each side suffering heavy losses.
  • Hill 621.  Soviets vs Germans.  NEAR MINSK, JULY 1, 1944: In late June 1944 the Soviets began what eventually would be known as the ‘Destruction of Army Group Centre’. The key to this offensive was the city of Minsk. Shoud it be captured, numerous German units would be hopelessly cut off. One of the key routes for their retreat was via the Stolbtsky Highway, which ran behind a series of low ridges and then crossed the Berezina River. On July 1st the German 170th Infantry Division, which was in reality a large battalion, was overwhelmed by elements of Rotmistrov’s Fifth Guards Army. The survivors took to their heels and attempted to patch together a defence along the last line of ridges overlooking the vital escape route to Minsk.
  • Hube's Pocket.  Soviets vs Germans.  NEAR BUCHACH, WESTERN UKRAINE, APRIL 6, 1944: The March Russian offensive to drive the Germans back to the Carpathian Mountains had been successful. Partially due to Hitler’s “stand fast” order many large German formations were encircled. Among them was the entire First Panzer Army of General Hube. Determined not to be part of another Stalingrad-type debacle, Hube and Manstein planned a daring breakout. Avoiding the favourable terrain to the south, Hube drove west across forested hills. The terrain was more difficult, but the Russians were caught by surprise. Elements of the elite 2nd SS Panzer Corps would drive eastward to aid the breakout with a linkup expected in the vicinity of Buchach. 

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