WG154: "THRUST AND PARRY "; Scenario Design by Alan Yngve, 1996; REV 0

July 1942. North of Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol Once Sevastopol and the Crimea were initially isolated in 1941, this combat zone was considered to be a backwater by most operational commanders of both sides. However, the Crimea was viewed as strategically important by both army commands and the Soviets made two major efforts to relieve the Sevastopol garrison through attacks westward across the Kerch Straits. The siege and on-again, off-again German assault upon Sevastopol brought the first tough building-by-building urban warfare to the East Front, a disturbing portent of what was to come at Stalingrad. This scenario, a hypothetical action placed on the southern schwerepunkt of the German XXX Corps, represents the type of hard fight that occurred during the lengthy assault that would eventually clear the pocket by the end of July, 1942.

VICTORY CONDITIONS: The Germans win if they control a contiguous road route between Y1 and I10 at scenario end. A controlled road route is defined as a chain of hexes connected by road, all of which are neither occupied by nor adjacent to an unbroken Russian squad, nor contain the roadblock. The Russians win by avoiding the German Victory Conditions.

BOARD LAYOUT: Board 1, long dimension is North/South. ID# is in the NW corner/

N  +---------------------------+    
O  |            |              |       
R  |            |              |     
T  | 1          |              |
H  +---------------------------+   

Six full game turns; see SSR 7; set in order specified; Germans move first.

RUSSIAN FORCES: Elements of the Soviet Independent Maritime Army:

Concealed force: Set up first, north of hexrow Q (inclusive).

  • 15x447; 2xMMG; 3xLMG
  • 23x?
  • 180 point value for purchase of leadership (see SSR 6)
  • Roadblock: on any road hex in rows K through P such that the roadblock hexside crosses a road route.

Bid force: Set up last, south of hexrow CC (inclusive).

  • PLC, lowest valued bid force (see SSR 2 and 7)

Elements of German XXX Corps: Set up second, between hexrows Y (inclusive) and R (exclusive, except that R1 and/or R7 may be occupied).

  • 10-3, 10-2, 9-2, 9-1, 2x8-1, 2x8-0, 7-0
  • 15x467, 6x838, 3x247
  • 1xRadio
  • 2xMkIVf1,
  • 2xSTGIII(75),
  • 1xSdkfz251(MG)
  • 500 point value for purchase of equipment (see SSR 8)
  • substitute PLC for leader of equal rank

SSR 1: All applicable rules from the SQUAD LEADER rule book (4th edition) are in use.
SSR 2: Each player secretly creates a Russian bid force per the values on SL page 28. Due to the scenario date, neither the SU 122 nor the SU 152 may be purchased. No concealment counters, fortifications or mines may be purchased. The player with the lowest bid plays the Russians. If the bids are equal, decide the Russian player by die roll. The Russian player always uses his/her own bid force. Announce the components of the winning bid prior to set up.
SSR 3: TERRAIN: Vehicles may not set up in or enter building hexes.
SSR 4: TERRAIN: Add a Sewer Entrance to hex cc7.
SSR 5: SEWER MOVEMENT: All Russian infantry may use sewer movement, rules are modified as follows: Rule 27.21: Not used for this scenario. Rule 27.22 modifications: Sewer movement requires a 2d6 roll. An infantry unit must "pass" a normal morale check to succeed. Failure of this morale check does not break the unit, but results in the normal "lost" procedure. A leader attempting sewer movement _may_ be accompanied by up to three squads, a leader _may_ apply his leadership DRM to his own sewer movement morale check. Squads accompanying a leader do not roll for sewer movement but succeed/fail along with the leader. A 2d6 roll of "12" always results in the units becoming lost.
SSR 6: RUSSIAN CONCEALED FORCE: The Russian player has 180 points with which to "purchase" leader(s) for this force using the values on page 28. This "purchase" must be made at set up and the German player must be informed of the choices. The Russian PLC may be exchanged for one of these leaders and be deployed with this force if the exchanged leader is of exactly equivalent rank.
SSR 7: RUSSIAN BID FORCE: The Russian player may choose to deploy one ATG and crew (if purchased) with the concealed set up force. The German player must be notified of this deployment on set up of the concealed force. If this option is chosen, the scenario is extended by giving the German player (only) a turn 7. [Scenario becomes 6.5 turns.]
SSR 8: GERMAN EQUIPMENT PURCHASE: After the initial (non-bid) Russian forces have been set up, the German player may "purchase" 500 points worth of equipment from the page 28 listing. Only (and any) non- infantry 1/2" counter listed on page 28 may be "purchased" except for Panzerfausts, as they have not yet been introduced. German LMG may be "purchased" for a "bulk rate" of three for 25, one LMG still cos
SSR 9: All German 838 squads have unlimited smoke.
SSR 10: MORTARS: Due to their high trajectories, Mortars may not be fired from multi-hex buildings unless occupying a rubbled hex. Minimum range of Mortars is modified to 5 hexes. Mortars may fire smoke.
SSR 11: OBA MISSIONS: The specified German radio, and any/all additional radios purchased by either player will be provided with an OBA module of: 4 missions of 80mm, 3 missions of 100mm, 2 missions of 120mm, or 1 mission of 150mm.