Moskva/Ruza River Line - Jan 6th to Jan 14th, 1942.
5th Army had not been as successful as the 16th & 20th Armies on its right flank. The German 4th Armee had been difficult to dislodge from its winter entrenchments in front of Kubinka and the fall of Ruza was more due to the Germans falling back than any Soviet feat of arms. The German's now though were trying to fulfil Hitler's stand fast order and had halted along the river line and in the heavily wooded terrain. The Soviet plan needed the city of Mozhaysk liberated and the Kubinka motorway cleared, in no more than 9 days.
This scenario is recommended for HTH play. This is the sister scenario to Volokalamsk, starting four days earlier. The situation is more difficult for the Soviet player even though the major objective is closer (25 km's). The terrain is much more closed in with the Moskva River and more heavy forest to contend with. In addition, both the 11th & 20th Panzer Divisions are in reserve just behind the front line. The Soviet player does have a lot of infantry, but little else. 20th Tank Brigade is the only mobile formation, with 5th Army having neither ski nor cavalry troops. The German player is in strong entrenchments on the right and has the river line and forest on the left. Axis mobility will play a part with the Panzer Division able to move to threatened sectors more easily. If the conditions become frozen, many of the terrain advantages will be nullified and assist the Soviet player, but ultimately it will require brutal assaults to push forward.