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850610_08a: Ardennes of the 80s? (HTH) - MC 05 Danube Front '85

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850610_08a: Ardennes of the 80s? (HTH)

By Saunders & Blackie
Warsaw Pact 5 - 2 - 6 NATO
Rating: 6.64 (12)
Games Played: 13
SM: 2
Turns: 20
Type: Stock
First Side: Warsaw Pact
Second Side: NATO
Southwest Germany, June 10th 1985: The area of operations in Bavaria is similar to the Ardennes, in so far as the Bayerischer and Bohmer Walds have the same terrain. NATO planners were mostly of the opinion that an attack here was very unlikely because of that terrain. The situation of a surprise attack is also similar, but there are differences too, the major ones being the density of forces and air neutrality, particularly the use of helicopters. In this scenario, the 4th CSLA is tasked with moving through this country with the object of crossing the Danube and moving rapidly west. To win here, using surprise, they must move fast to exploit the situation before NATO can bring reserves to counter this attack. NATO forces start with a lot of Fixed units and must use their assets wisely until reinforcements arrive. [Size, medium] Designer Note: This scenario has been optimized for HTH play.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Panzer_Kunst's ProfilePanzer_Kunst Slightly Pro NATO 8
Panzer_Kunst's ProfilePanzer_Kunst Well Balanced 5
JDR Dragoon's ProfileJDR Dragoon Slightly Pro Warsaw Pact 7
burroughs's Profileburroughs Moderately Pro NATO 10
Al's ProfileAl Moderately Pro NATO 7
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
NATO Green's Profile Green vs. Kool Kat Kool Kat's Profile Warsaw Pact Draw 20 20
Warsaw Pact Green's Profile Green vs. Kool Kat Kool Kat's Profile NATO Warsaw Pact Minor Victory 28 12
NATO Aces8's Profile Aces8 vs. Bioman Bioman's Profile Warsaw Pact NATO Major Loss 4 36
NATO KG_RangerBooBoo's Profile KG_RangerBooBoo vs. Kool Kat Kool Kat's Profile Warsaw Pact NATO Major Victory 36 4
NATO KG_RangerBooBoo's Profile KG_RangerBooBoo vs. Kool Kat Kool Kat's Profile Warsaw Pact NATO Major Victory 36 4
JDR Dragoon
Bridges are not "Wired", which makes it slightly harder for NATO to defend. There is also a lack of higher HQs, which makes some of the units less usable due to chronic (Low Fuel/Ammo" status.
burroughs
A good one, requires the NATO commander to observe and react, but also plan ahead to meet verious contingencies. The WP sweep south unfolded quickly in an unpleasant way, but the engineers and pioneers rushed to blow the bridges up.
Aces8
Corporal
Aces8 Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:17 pm
The Czech's (WP) have a tough fight taking the bridges. It was a slug fest. Destroyed most of the city of Regensburg in heavy urban combat. Tried to run for the exit VP's but couldn't make it.
KG_RangerBooBoo
Colonel
KG_RangerBooBoo Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:34 pm
NATO needs to buy as much time as possible to keep the Warsaw Pact away from the Danube and the Warsaw Pact has to do what they can to move as quickly as possible. Very fun scenario.
Kool Kat
Major General
Kool Kat Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:51 am
Warsaw Pact must push hard to "blitz" his way past the initial screen of NATO recon troops to reach the Danube River. A strong Warsaw Pact thrust NW into the major city of Regensburg with secondary probes looking for intact bridges and ferry crossings south will stretch NATO defenses. Warsaw Pact should hold off deploying his paratroops until the mid-to-end game turns. Recommend that players don't deploy WMD's as chemicals and tactical nuclear weapons will upset any parity between forces and spoil an otherwise exciting game. Forced bridge crossings, ferry operations, paratroops, armored spearheads - this scenario has it all! Between equal skilled players, NATO will have a moderate advantage due to the natural and man-made terrain barriers - Danube River and Regensburg. However, the Warsaw Pact large numbers of armor, mech infantry and artillery units can wear down the small NATO force. Highly recommended Danube Front '85 scenario! I will be playing this one again!
Regards, Mike / "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." - George S. Patton /
Kool Kat
Major General
Kool Kat Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:51 pm
Played this scenario twice commanding the Warsaw Pact against the same NATO opponent. Initially, was able to "blitz" and quickly overwhelm NATO recon elements defending on the East bank of the Danube River. However, even after the Warsaw Pact forces captured several bridges intact and pushed both armor and mechanized infantry units across the river, NATO was able to bottle up all the Warsaw Pact bridgeheads. Frustrating to see multiple stacks of T-55's and T-72's (approximately 80 - 100 tanks) volley fire against Leopard 2 platoons defending in clear hexes, get only "Fatigue" combat results while the Leopard 2 opt fire took out 2-3 Warsaw Pact armor vehicles per exchange! Scenario balance needs to be re-examined. Again, between equal skilled players, NATO will have a moderate advantage due to the natural and man-made terrain barriers - Danube River and Regensburg. Initial stages of scenario are exciting, but the latter game not so fun - especially for the Warsaw Pact commander!
Regards, Mike / "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." - George S. Patton /