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Futile Bravery ETO (id:#61812)
(March Madness `13 - Commissar Pack ID:MM25)
Designer: Dan Best
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The First Battle of Smolensk was a large scale battle during the opening stage of Operation Barbarossa in World War II, the German invasion of the Soviet Union. It took place in the region around the city of Smolensk between 10 July and 10 September 1941, about 400 km west of Moscow. Ultimately, three Soviet armies (the 16th, 19th and the 20th) were encircled and destroyed just to the south of Smolensk, though significant numbers from the 19th and 20th managed to escape the pocket. Some historians have asserted that the losses in terms of men and materiel incurred by the Wehrmacht during this drawn-out battle, together with the 2-month delay in the march towards Moscow, were decisive for the Wehrmacht's defeat by the Red Army at the end of the Battle of Moscow three months later in December 1941.
Attacker: Russian (129th Rifle Division)
Defender: German (15th Inf Regt (Motor))  
Turns: 8     Players: 2     OBA: German     Night: No
Smolensk, Russia 1941-07-16
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:46.0 D:15.0
AFVs: A:6 D:6
Guns: A:0 D:0
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: Requires rules and counters (respectively) from Valor of the Guards. VotG22
Map Board(s): 60 8 23
Overlays: NONE
Errata (source)
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For first editon:
German OB: Turn 2 reinforcements – last part of entry text should read, “…enter Turn 2 along the south edge.”email from D. Best.
Change “A single-lane wood bridge exists in 8Y2-Y4.” to “A single-lane wooden bridge exists in 8Y2-Y4; the weight limit for this bridge is 50 tons (B6.42).”
Clarification: Use the six T26S M37 available in the system (A to F) resulting in varying MG.D. Best via GameSquad
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mtrodgers99 Added a playing2018-03-11 17:41:56
hoxson1 Uploaded an Image2017-11-07 17:37:54
mtrodgers99 Uploaded the Board image2017-11-07 16:37:51
mtrodgers99 Added Errata2017-11-07 16:30:59
hoxson1 Uploaded the Board image2017-09-27 19:40:58
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2018-03-10(D) Michael Rodgers vs Jeff Sewell Russian winGreat scenario for practicing Russian human waves. The Germans need to remember that the north garrison will have Russians in front and behind them.
2014-10-13(D) Dave Mareske vs Scott Martin Russian win
2013-06-21(D) Kermit Mullins vs Dan Best German winGreat game that came down to the wire as the Russian human wave assaults crashed in on my Germans turn after turn. Very enjoyable game!
2013-06-19(D) Dan Best vs Mike Bistodeau Russian winTexas Tournament.
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Estimated Play time: 15.7 hours
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Monday 18 June 2018 10:42:51 PM  (c)dramsey 2018