"Balkan Medley" -- The Romanian insurrection and entrance into the war on the Allied side in August 1944 and the
Bulgarian declaration of war in September 1944 opened the Balkans to the Red Army. The Germans sought to keep open a corridor in the eastern areas of Yugoslavia to allow their units in Greece and Albania to withdraw northwards. SS Division “Prinz Eugen” was withdrawn from the struggle against partisans and tasked with defending the approaches to the city of Nis, an important crossroads on the road of Sofia.
On October 1st, the Soviet and Bulgarian vanguard, supported by partisans, crossed the Yugoslavian border. Two Bulgarian divisions attacked the 600 defenders of the village of Knjasevac. The German situation became desperate in spite of the reinforcement of a detachment of Waffen-SS. The garrison at Knjasevac received the order to withdraw as the Bulgarian vice tightened.
Attacker: Bulgarian / Russian / Partisan (22nd Partisan Division and Bulgarian 29th Infantry Division and 4th Guards Mechanized Corps)
Defender: German (Marine Kompanie Bertrams and Schmidt, 3rd Festung Reserve Pioniere Stab and Div. Stab Jäger Kompanie and 3rd FlaK Battery SS Freiwillingen Div. "Prinz Eugen")
Turns: 7 Players: 2 OBA: Bulgarian / Russian / Partisan Night: No
Knjazevac, Serbia 1944-10-10
Squads: A:29.5 D:15.0
AFVs: A:2 T-34 M43 x 2
Guns: A:0 Mortaio da 45 "Brixia" x 1 D:7 Obice da 75/18 x 1 Cannone da 47/32 x 1 7.5cm PaK 40 x 1 8cm GrW 34 x 1 2cm FlaK 30 x 2 2cm FlaK 38 x 1