#0130_01 Operation Gallop - Preamble - PzC 19 Kharkov 43
#0130_01 Operation Gallop - PreambleBy David Freer & Phil Niven
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Operation Gallop Preamble - Jan 30th to Feb 3rd, 1943. Vatutin's South Western Front was ordered by Stavka to attack from the march as soon as possible. Vatutin planned to cross the Sevrenyy Donets as quickly as possible with 1st Guards Army breaching the heavy forests and reaching the steppe beyond. Once across the water barrier, Popov's Mobile Group could thrust south for the Sea of Azov and pocket the German 1st & 4th Panzer Armies. This scenario covers the initial moves as Soviet 6th Army thrusts west for Izyum and 1st Guards Army and Popov push south beyond Slavyansk. (Size, Large) This is an interesting HTH scenario. It is possible to play either side against the AI but it will be a challenging defense and withdrawal for the German player. The Soviet player needs to get across the Zherebets River as quickly as possible while aggressively pushing 320th Infantry & 382nd Feldaus Divisions back in the north.