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Giants on the Vistula - The Matrix Games version of East Front II

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Giants on the Vistula

By D. Bevard
Axis 254 - 47 - 163 Allies
Rating: 8.24 (297)
Games Played: 464
SM: 3
Turns: 20
Type: Stock
First Side: Axis
Second Side: Allies
Along the Vistula River near Warka, 50km S of Warsaw: [Best played against Human opponent or as Axis] As the Russians sought to expand their bridgehead across the Vistula and move deeper into Poland, a most unpleasant surprise awaited them. On August 5, 1944, the Hermann Goering Division moving up from Warsaw, drove hard into the advancing Soviet 8th Guards Army. But despite six separate assaults the Germans could not penetrate the enemy's lines and get to the Vistula river bridgeheads. On the next day the "Hermann Goering" Panzer Regiment, equipped with the newest armor, including the King Tiger, was brought up to the line. Quickly the antitank weaponry of the screening infantry units was overrun. Rushing to the Guards rescue were elements of the reinforced 34th Guards Heavy Tank Regiment equipped with some of the Russian's new heavy model JS-I and JS-II tanks. Thus the newest of the new faced each other in a series of fierce tank skirmishes. The Soviet's 122mm guns dueled the long 88's of the Tigers!
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
JOKipper's ProfileJOKipper Slightly Pro Axis 6
Dogovich's ProfileDogovich Well Balanced 9
Freiherr von Craenen's ProfileFreiherr von Craenen Slightly Pro Axis 8
Rik Creighton's ProfileRik Creighton Slightly Pro Axis 8
Blitz Shadow Player's ProfileBlitz Shadow Player Well Balanced 9
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Axis Panzerjaeger's Profile Panzerjaeger vs. Big Ivan Big Ivan's Profile Allies Axis Minor Victory 27 12
Allies PawelM's Profile PawelM vs. Ed Ed's Profile Axis Draw 18 18
Axis Geier's Profile Geier vs. Landser34 Landser34's Profile Allies Axis Major Victory 36 6
Axis itlnprd's Profile itlnprd vs. fastphil fastphil's Profile Allies Axis Minor Victory 27 12
Axis Triarii's Profile Triarii vs. Von Dondo Von Dondo's Profile Allies Axis Major Loss 6 36
A wonderful fast paced late war scenario with lots of Heavy Armour on both sides...
many Strategic and Tactical options...traps..ambushes and
long range Tank vs Tank action....its all here....
classic clash of heavy armour
244 games with legend that is Richie61
A EF2 Classic......even with the lack of artillery....guess with all those IS2m's and King Tigers
you don't need any......This scenario is a must play for all EF2 Fans....
Jim von Krieg
Classic EF scenario, one of the best. Russians start at a distinct disadvantage, but can make it up IF the German commander gets a case of the slows. If the IS-2's are delayed too long, the Germans will most likely win the scenario.
A late war classic......
John Given
A lot of fun to play, but the lack of artillery, smoke, and airstrikes left me wanting more. The Germans have a tremendous amount of material to work with. Game started out minor German defeat and stayed that way throughout the scenario.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.

Sun Tzu
allies should have higher reinforcement odds earlies in the scenario.game was over before I got all my units ready
Von Luck
If playing by the new assualt rules the German advance is severly hampered.On the plus side the German armour is in a position where it was'nt before to counter Russian armour.Take your pick old or new.
A Eastern Front Classic....
Played with the new extreme assult rules it becomes a complete bloodbath for both sides......
My gracious opponent surrendered, I think, too early for this to be a true representation of what the end result would have been. I think that ultimately it more likely would have been a draw or at best (from my perspective) only a minor Axis victory.
Russians need to delay the Germans as long as possible. VP hexes are located in LOS of the bigger Tigers and Panthers therefore the moderate Pro Axis rating.
For the Axis to get a Minor Victory this game is Totally Pro-Axis. For a Axis Major Victory then the game is balanced.
Jim von Krieg
If the German player pushes very hard in the beginning it is almost impossible for the Russian player to overcome the opening massacre.
Big Dawg
victory was less than 15 points away till last turn.
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" --Ronald Reagan
Jim von Krieg
Warrant Officer
Jim von Krieg Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:45 pm
Germans are on that attack and need to move quickly to break up the Russians creating a viable defense as they wait on the Heavy Tank Brigade reinforcements. This battle hinges on the speed of the German commander in the attack and the dice rolls bringing the Russian heavies onto the battlefield. It can be a walkover or a nail biter. Yet, with all the firepower its always a terrific fight.
1st Lieutenant
Warhorse Wed May 13, 2015 9:09 pm
I played Dan with this scenario and had an absolute blast with it! Total slugfest, very fun!
Meine Ehre heisst Treue

Three63 Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:59 pm
Good map, I liked the whole order of battle (which gave the Soviets a lot of tanks and the Germans a larged amount of Panzer VI's and V's) and all you can do within a game on it.
Herr Straße Laufer
General of the Army
Herr Straße Laufer Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:04 pm
My opponent used his German force like a gourmet chef. I was swept off balance from the first contact and kept that way.
Another that will sadden me to see it go.
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Von Dondo
1st Lieutenant
Von Dondo Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:05 pm
Great match-up with lots of heavy armor.
Triarii Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:13 am
Excellent scenario. Axis have the initiative at the start with many tactical options so a sound - and possibly more agressive - battle plan is advisable.