Counterstroke at Ilovaysk - The Matrix Games version of East Front II
Counterstroke at IlovayskBy D. Bevard
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Near Ilovaysk 25km E of Stalino: [Best played against Human oponent or as Axis] Recovering from the tragic loss of the Sixth Army at Stalingrad, General von Manstein watched as Soviet forces poured west towards the Dnepr River. By the end of February 1943, reacting to the continuing Soviet winter offensive with careful planning and masterful execution, over 200,000 Russians had been cut-off or destroyed. The Russian counteroffensive was broken and Soviet survivors were streaming back to the Donetz River. Kampfgruppe Hansen, also known as the 15th Composite Panzer Regiment, was dispatched to swing southeast around Stalino and cut off the retreating Russians. On February 28th they were met by elements of the 89th and 117th Tank Brigades east of Stalino, near Ilovaysk, in a desperate attempt to stop the German thrust and save as many of the shattered formations as possible.