#1201_01 Naro-Fominsk : 4th Armee's Last Throw of the Dice (HTH) - PzC 21 Moscow 42
#1201_01 Naro-Fominsk : 4th Armee's Last Throw of the Dice (HTH)By David Freer
Naro-Fominsk - Dec 1st to Dec 4th, 1941. By the end of November 1941, the three Panzergruppe (2nd, 3rd & 4th) from Armee Gruppe Mitte were slowly flanking the northern and southern approaches to Moscow. In the meantime Von Kluge's 4th Armee had sat impassively, less than 65 kms from Moscow since October, having played little part in the final push to capture the capital. After strong cajoling from both his commander Von Bock and the other Army commanders, Von Kluge had 4th Armee launch its final assault for the year. With his troops well supplied and rested (in comparison to the other German armies), Von Kluges troops broke through the Soviet prepared positions quickly and pushed up the highway towards Moscow. Zhukov threw some of his last reserves in to check the German's and the ever cautious von Kluge quickly pulled back from his gains of three days to his original fortified line. (Size, Medium) This is an interesting HTH scenario. It will be a challenging defence and withdrawal for the Soviet player. The German player's troops are released over the first two days and it will take time to get the full weight of Von Kluge's forces into play. Once through the Soviet front line, the German mobile forces need to move quickly up the major highways before the bulk of Zhukov's reserves are released.