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New scenario, need playtestors

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Hey all, I need some playtesting done for a new scenario. The force makeup is as follows:

Hungarian Mechanized

Soviet Infantry

January 1945 Hungary --Operation Konrad

Here is the General Briefing...please email or post and I require feedback on balance on the map and the briefing. Thanks!

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Title: The Last Blitzkrieg

Type: Axis Probe (Semi-Historical)

Year: January 8, 1945

Location: South Eastern Hungary, North of Lake Balaton

Weather/TOD: Light Snow/Blizzard/Mid-Day

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By Niles "Fieldmarshall" Hirschi

Special Thanks To All The Playtestors:

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Scenario Background:

Operation Konrad has already begun to bog on it's 5th day. The

German's are meeting stiff Russian resistence in the hills and valleys

that they must fight through to reach the Danube. The III. Pz Corps

is meeting stiff resistence in the south and the delay is giving the

Russians time to re-group and counter attack. It is believed that the

first counter attack will come from fresh Russian troops funneled from

Osi, on the southern flank of the pincer. In order to secure the southern

flank, all conduits from Osi and other towns must be severed in order

to prevent a Russian counter attack that would repulse our offensive in

the sector. Hungarian reserves (Elements from the I. Kav Corps) were

assigned to help 'stopgap' and secure the southern flank of the already

stalling southern pincer of "Operation Konrad (I)"

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Historical Background:

Budapest was a trump card that would help the Germans carry out

their new, and very ambitious plans in the Balkans. The Germans planned

an offensive that would force the Russians to fight for the western bank

of the Danube and recapture Budapest. The IV. SS Panzer Corps was

transferred from the Polish front to Hungary for that very purpose.

The IV. SS Panzer Corps consisted of two crack SS Panzer divisions:

The 5. SS 'Wiking' and the 3. SS 'Totenkopf' Panzer divisions. The day

after IV. SS Panzer Corps. was transferred to Hungary, Kampfgruppe Dorr

(SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 9 'Germania' commanded by

Obersturmbannfuehrer Hans Dorr) were also transferred to Hungary to

help bolster German lines and increase morale among the ambivelent

soldiers. They were transferred to Hungary to spearhead Hitler's newest

offensive on the eastern front: Operation Konrad. The offensive was

to be launched on the same day as Operation Nordwind in Alsace-Lorraine.

The "Konrad I" was a two pincer offensive. The III. Panzer

Corps. spearheaded the southern Pincer while the IV. Pz Corps spearheaded

the Northern pincer. The Northern pincer made great progress initially

while the southern almost immediately bogged down. Though the Russians

were scrapping the barrel for supplies, they attrited the Germans enough

to slow down their advance through the hilly Gerecse and Pilis heights.

The Red Army mined and fortified what few good roads existed and fought

fiercely for every inch of ground. Fifteen days after the offensive was

launched, it bogged down and was halted. The Germans attempted a

"Konrad II" which would be an additional pincer that would break through

the lines and allow the offensive to continue. "Konrad II" failed and the

Germans never reached the banks of the Danube again. After the failure

of the two 'Konrad' operations Germany again prepared an offensive

against the Russians. Hitler would again attempt an offensive in Hungary,

but this time to recapture precious fuel reserves. The operation

'Fruhlingserwachen' (Spring Awakening) was even less successful than

its prelude 'Operation Konrad'.

(sorry about the choppiness but thats what happens when you paste things.)

[ August 26, 2003, 05:22 AM: Message edited by: Fieldmarshall ]

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I got a little time (some feedback is better than no feedback), so send it to me and I'll give it a quick play and respond with my thoughts. Note that I can only playtest this against the AI (too many PBEMs in progress!).

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