1119_05a: Uranus - The SS to the Rescue - [HTH]_Alt - PzC 15 Stalingrad '42
1119_05a: Uranus - The SS to the Rescue - [HTH]_AltBy Saunders & Blackie (edited: Williams)
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Stalingrad, November 19th 1942: While reading as many different books covering Operation Uranus, I came upon this passage in"Hitler Moves East 1941-1943" by Paul Carell. He said: "November 1942 was a month of disasters. On 4th Nov Rommel's Africa Army was badly mauled by Montgomery at Alamein and had to save itself by withdrawing from Egypt into Tripoli. Four days later Eisenhower's invasion army landed in the rear of the retreating German forces, on the west coast of Africa and started advancing on Tunis. The long-range effects of the shocks in Africa were felt on all German fronts. Hitler found himself compelled to secure also that part of Southern France which had hitherto been occupied. As a result, four magnificently equipped major mobile formations, which might otherwise have been available for the Eastern Front, were tied down in France - the 7th Panzer Division, and the "Leibstandarte", Das Reich" and the "Death's Head" Waffen SS Divisions. So for this WHAT IF Campaign variation, we will suppose that Rommel in North Africa was a success at Alamein and therefore the three SS Panzer Divisions remained in the east and were available to rescue the Sixth Army encircled in Stalingrad. They are joined by the SS.Wiking Division which was in the East Front but not yet ready for deployment at this early venture. [Size, large] Designer's Note: This scenario has been optimized for HTH play.