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WWII: Barbarossa to Berlin 1943: “Closing the Ring” Scenario Setup
(optional scenario name “Belgorod to Berlin”)
The game begins with both players rolling for Orders at the start of Turn 10 (Summer 1943) and continues until the end of Turn 18 (Summer 1945) a total of 9 Game Turns, or
until the Allies score an Automatic Victory, or one player decides to resign and accept defeat.
Initial VP Level: Axis are at 29 VPs
The following * Event cards have been played and should be removed from the game:
All played and removed * Event cards should be considered played to satisfy any prerequisites or limitations on other events or map play done during play of this scenario.
Axis (a total of 18 cards): leaving 37 cards in play
Blitz War Deck: 1, 3-4,6-9, 13-14, 16-19, 22-24,
Total War Deck: 26, 34
Allies (a total of 16 cards): leaving 39 cards in play
Blitz War Deck: 1, 2, 4-5, 7, 9, 11, 13-15, 19, 21-22, 24
Total War Deck: 31, 36
Initial Hands: Each Player draws seven cards. The Axis initial draw has to include cards #s 27 & 42. The Allied initial hand has to include card # 34 (“Husky”). After looking at his hand the Axis player may call a “mulligan” & discard up to four cards from his hand (including either, both or none of the two mandatory cards)…any discarded cards are replaced from the deck refilling the hand to seven cards. After the Axis player conducts his mulligan the Allied player may follow the same procedure. Any discarded cards are not shown openly after discard. The players than proceed to roll for their Orders for the first game turn (Summer 1943), Axis add +2 to their orders roll since “Hitler takes Command” has been played, and follow the normal turn sequence thereafter. Note that the Allied Player is at +1 Card for the “Draw Strategy Cards Phase” of the Summer 1943
Initial Markers: Industrial Evacuation Turn 2, US Buildup Turn 4, Lend Lease Turn 5, Torch Turn 7 Industrial Evacuation +1 Card Turn 10, Destroyed Fort marker: Sevastopol Partisan Markers: Pinsk, Sarajevo, Orsha-Mogilev,
Available GE Trenches: 2 “German Trench 1s” & 2 “Atlantic Wall Trench 1s”
Neutral Setup: Exactly as the 1941 BtB initial Turn 1 setup.
Permanently Removed: 8th IT Army
Eliminated Box: x1 IT Inf. Corps, x1 IT Mech Corps, HU 2nd Army, x3 GE Inf. Corps
x3 GE Pz Corps, x1 RO Corps, GE Panzer Army Afrika
Reserve Box: x2 GE Inf. Corps, x2 GE Pz Corps
West Front: x1 GE Inf. corps each in: Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Holland, Brest, Marseilles. Anywhere in Occupied France not stacked: (1st GE Army) & (7th GE Army)
West Wall Trench 1 each in Stuttgart & Saar
Southern Front: x1 IT Inf. Corps each in Genoa, Trieste, Zagreb, Rome, Albania,
Naples, Taranto, Palermo, Syracuse. x1 BU Corps each in Sofia,
Salonika, & Plovdiv. x1 GE Pz Corps Messina. x1 GE Pz Corps
anywhere in mainland Italy on or north of the line Foggia to Naples.
Budapest: HU 3rd Army, Bucharest: (3rd & 4th RO Armies)
Athens: x1 GE Inf. Corps Crete: x1 GE Inf. Corps
Belgrade: x1 GE Inf. Corps & x1 HU Inf. Corps
East Front: Axis control all of the SU west of their main line of units. Additionally Novgorod & Roslav-Yenya are also Axis controlled. All units are GE unless noted:
Luga: 11th Army Kholm-Demyansk: (18th Army) Velikiye Luki: 16th Army
Smolensk: 3rd Pz Army Minsk: Inf. Corps Gomel: Inf. Corps Bryansk: 4th Army
Orel: Trench 1, 2nd Pz Army, & 9th Army Konotop: 2nd Army Kiev: HU Corps
Odessa: RO Corps Sevastopol: RO Corps Kharkov: 4th Pz Army & SS Pz Corps
Stalino: (1st Pz Army) & 8th Army Melitopol: (6th Army) Kerch: (17th Army)
Permanently Removed: x2 CW Corps, BR Desert Army, SU Fronts as follows SW Front Mech, and the following four(4) SU Infantry Fronts: SW Front, Steppe Front, Voronezh Front, & South Front.
Eliminated Box: x13 SU 2-1-3 Infantry Armies, Stalingrad Front, & x2 SU Shock Armies (1st Shk & 2nd Shk)
Reserve Box: (BR 8th Army), CW Corps, x6 SU 2-1-3 Infantry Armies, & x2 SU Tank Armies (2nd Tnk & 6th Tnk)
Western Allies: Allies control all of North Africa & Malta. The Middle East is also all Allied Controlled with the exception of neutral Turkey. All 3 Beach-heads are available for Invasion Placement.
Alexandria: CW Corps Basra: BR Corps Mareth: BR Corps & CW Corps
Tunis: (BR 1st Army) Bone: US Corps Sousse: US Corps
Note: The word: “Inf. Army” represents placement of a SU 2-1-3 (1-1-3 flip) Army
All spaces behind the main Soviet frontline are Allied controlled.
Leningrad: Trench 1, (Leningrad Front) & Inf. Army
Tikhvin-Volkhov: Inf. Army
Valdai: Volkhov Front
Rzhev: Northwest Front & (3rd Shk. Army)
Vyazma: Kalinin Front & 4th Shk. Army
Kaluga: West Front & Inf. Army
Moscow: Stalin & 4th Tnk. Army
Tula: Trench 1, Bryansk Front & Inf. Army
Elets: Central Front & 3rd Tnk Army
Kursk: Trench 2, 1st Ukr Front, Reserve Front, 1st Tnk Army
Vornezh: Trench 1, 2nd Ukr Front, 5th Tnk Army
Voroshilovgrad: Trench 1, 3rd Ukr Front & 4th Ukr Front
Rostov: (Don front) & (5th Shock Army)
Kamenskaya: Inf. Army
Krasnodar: (Caucasus Front) & Inf. Army
Optional Special 1943 Scenario Rules:
The two optional political rules detailed below should be used together in this scenario for historical flavor….
Hitler’s Political Obsessions:
In his planning for the 1943 Summer campaign in Russia Hitler was very concerned for the effect his military policy would have on neutral opinion, particularly the Turks. He believed that without a strong offensive action in the Soviet Union Germany would be perceived as much weakened power. Hence the rule below:
If by the end phase of Summer 1943 (Turn 10) Axis Card # 27 (“Fall Zitadelle”)
has not been played as an event roll one die: on a 1 or 2 Turkey enters the war on the side of the Allies. Turkish units may enter Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, and Yugoslavia and are now under the control of the Allied Player. All Turkish territory in addition to the VP spaces is considered Allied controlled. To be counted as a “played” event in the spirit of the rule at least one of the spaces activated by the “Fall Zitadelle” event has to be involved in an attack one or more SU units.
Winston’s “Weak Underbelly” Scheme:
If no Western Allied units (BR, CW, or US) are “on” Mainland Europe at the end phase of the Winter 1944 turn add 2 VPs . The Mainland is defined as: Mainland Italy (not Sicily or Messina), Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, either France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, & Norway. Beach head spaces do not count as “Mainland”….
Note on Placing Markers for events of the Turn Record Track:
Below is the full listing through Turn 10 of when the event markers played or kicked in historically on the Turn Record track using the event markers that came with the game.
Turn 1 June 1941 Barbarossa
Turn 2 Summer 1941 OKH Conference
Turn 3 Fall 1941 “Taifun”, Hitler Declares War, Sorge
Turn 4 Winter 1942 Speer, US Buildup
Turn 5 Spring 1942 Hitler takes Command, Lend Lease, Partisans
Turn 6 Summer 1942 Fall Blau, Industrial Evacuation-Tank Armies, Total War Begins
Turn 7 Fall 1942 Luftwaffe Supply, Torch
Turn 8 Winter 1943 Totaler Krieg
Turn 9 Spring 1943 ASW Victory
Turn 10 Summer 1943 Industrial Evacuation-+1 Card