Novgorod, 170km SSE of Leningrad: [Version 1.0] [H2H](Hypo-HISB)[EA or no][N V V] The Russians begin Operation Iskra, "The Spark". 2nd Shock Army is tasked with gaining a bridgehead. The Spanish volunteers "Azul", those from the Spanish Blue division who remained with the German army, have been battling in this sector for quite some time. The German command knows that they can count on the Spanish. These volunteers have learned to fight as well as their German counterparts. They are tough as they come but, can they hold the line against the crush of so many Russians who desire their elimination. The "volunteers" have been shifting some assets and preparing for withdrawl to new lines when the Russians finally struck. The frantic calls of incoming tanks and Russian air attacks fill the radio net. The Spanish soon learn that this is the real thing and not a probing attack. All the "blues" wonder where this will lead.