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0720_01: Desolate Dump on the Desna_Alt - PzC 01 Smolensk '41

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0720_01: Desolate Dump on the Desna_Alt

By Saunders & Blackie (edited: Williams)
Germany 4 - 0 - 0 USSR
Rating: 2.7 (3)
Games Played: 4
SM: 1
Turns: 18
Type: Custom
First Side: Germany
Second Side: USSR
Yelnia, 77km SE of Smolensk: Yelnya has been described in the literature as "a desolate wrecked dump on the Desna!" Yet it gave its name to a sector of front where battles raged for five weeks. Why? It was a road junction almost surrounded by high ground, and represented an important strategic position as a "jumping-off" point to Moscow. Both sides knew this and so, as the battle of encirclement raged in the vicinity north of Smolensk, Guderian pressed forward with the 46th Panzer Corps to occupy this high ground. German aerial reconnaissance discovered the Russians had scraped together what they could and moved to defend this sector. On the night of 20 July the 10th Panzer Division advanced on Yelnya with the SS "Das Reich" Division on its left flank. Their orders were to take Yelnya! [900 sq Km - 18 Turns]
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Guderian's ProfileGuderian Totally Pro Germany 7
zorak's Profilezorak Totally Pro Germany 6
Many Mariuses's ProfileMany Mariuses Totally Pro Germany 4
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
USSR larsonney's Profile larsonney vs. steve steve's Profile Germany USSR Major Loss 2 18
Germany zorak's Profile zorak vs. Many Mariuses Many Mariuses's Profile USSR Germany Major Victory 18 2
Germany Guderian's Profile Guderian vs. Graeme Graeme's Profile USSR Germany Major Victory 18 2
Germany Graeme's Profile Graeme vs. Guderian Guderian's Profile USSR Germany Major Victory 18 2
I think the stock scenario may be more balanced. Soviets are practically worthless using modded database.
1st Lieutenant
zorak Sat May 20, 2017 9:02 pm
I believe the victory conditions for the German side could be a bit more onerous, as they are easily satisfied early without taking Yelnya.
Many Mariuses
Master Sergeant
Many Mariuses Sat May 20, 2017 9:19 pm
The Russians don't have enough firepower or quality to go head to head with the Germans. The best option for the Soviet player appears to be to avoid both firing and encirclement.