©2007 A Squad Leader Academy Scenario;
Scenario Design by Bill Sosnicki
Poland, October 1,
1939 near the village of Wytyczno near Wlodawa:
struggle between the Polish forces of the Border Defense Corps for Frontier Area
Protection (Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza or KOP) commanded by
Gen. Wilhelm Orlik-Rückemann and the Soviet Red Army during the Soviet invasion
of Poland continued. Soon
after the battle of Szack on September 28, the Polish commander decided to cross
the Bug River and continue the fight there.
On September 30 the Poles crossed the river.
Although largely victorious in most of the battles against the Soviets,
the Polish unit was reduced to merely 3,000 men and was lacking heavy equipment
In addition, most of the soldiers of the Border Defense Corps had been
forced to cross-large parts of Poland, with the average unit crossing almost 500
kilometers in two weeks.
Shortly after crossing the Wlodawa-Trawniki road on October 1 at 1 AM
near the village of Wytyczno (pronounced Vi-Tisch-No), the Polish unit was
attacked by a tank unit of the . The
Polish Bofors 37 mm Anti-Tank guns opened fire at close range and the
Soviet unit withdrew losing four tanks.
Soon after daybreak the Soviets returned, this time with the majority of
45th division's units, and fully expected a different outcome...
win the Russian must have undisputed control of building 3N2 and at least
11 of the 16 buildings within the road circle net which is defined as
2U7-2Q8-3Q3-3N4-3N6-3Q8-3S7-3S6-3U5-3U3-3Y3-3Y8-2U7 by games end and
avoid being forced to retreat.
In order for a building to be controlled in your favor, your side
must have been the last to occupy any hex of the building with an unbroken unit
while no enemy unit was in the building.
The Poles have control of all of the VC buildings at the start
of the game. The
Poles win by avoiding the Russian Victory Condition or they
may win immediately if they force a Russian retreat.
The Russian is forced to retreat the very moment the number of Good Order
Russian unit forces falls below a level of 50% of its original
attacking forces due to the effects of being broken, killed, or destroyed.
A Leader, squad, and crew count as 1 unit apiece.
Destruction of an AFV with crew count as 2 units lost.
An abandoned or Immobilized but crewed AFV count as 1 unit lost.
VARIATIONS: Pole: Game Length is 8 Turns; Russian: Add one 8-0 Leader to Russian OB.
TURN RECORD CHART:
SSR WG301.1: TERRAIN: All buildings are single story and made of wooden construction. Despite the date, wheatfields on both boards 2 and 7 do not exist. Treat all Level 2 and 3 Hills, Cliff outlines, Marsh and Wheatfields on board 3 as Woods. All Level 1 Hills are Level 0 open ground hexes on all boards. Board 7 Islands do not exist. EC are Mild with No wind at start. River is deep and may not be entered. VSQL players may opt to use customized Boards 2y, 3y and 7y which can be downloaded from the SQLA website.
Russian tanks lack
wireless equipment and do not have complete freedom of movement.
The Russian player must roll one die during his Rally Phase.
The resulting number is the number of his radioless AFVs plus
the Command Vehicle (initially the BT-5A), which may move that turn.
AFVs already on board are not prevented from firing, pivoting, or
changing their turret covered arc within the hex they already occupy.
Radioless AFVs are exempt from this restriction only if they are
unbuttoned (commander in CE position) and in the LOS of a designated
Command AFV (also unbuttoned) at the start of the Movement Phase.
AFVs entering from off board meet these requirements only if they
enter unbuttoned and on the same hex using sequential movement.
If the designated command AFV is eliminated or immobilized, another
AFV may be so designated at the start of the following Rally Phase.
All rules thru COD and COI Supplemental Rules B and K are in use,
however, both players may utilize any additional optional and/or
supplemental rules only upon agreement.
may not Boresight.
Marosczek ATR was an extremely fine weapon for its day; weighing in at only
19.5 lbs. Polish ATR’s have the portage equivalent of a LMG, not the
MMG of other nationalities. This
LMG characteristic also allows the Polish ATR to be fired during the AFPh
after moving to a new hex. However,
if fired during the AFPh after moving to a new hex, there is a +4 DRM added
to its TH DR.
SSR WG301.5: The characteristics of Russian units to go berserk were more prevalent after the 1941 German Invasion of Russia; therefore the tendency of Russian units to go berserk will happen only on IFT generated attacks resulting in a Morale Check of –2 or greater.
SSR WG301.6: Polish units are running low on supplies and therefore suffer Ammunition Depletion [COI Supp K]. Whenever a SW or Gun malfunctions, there is a chance that it has not jammed, but rather run out of ammunition. Reroll one die. A die-roll result of 1, 2 or 3 results in the gun being jammed and subject to normal subsequent repair and possible permanent malfunction die rolls. A die roll of 4, 5 or 6 results in the weapon being out of ammunition - a fault for which there is no remedy within the scope of the game. Guns capable of firing both AP and HE, however, may continue to fire the type of round not used when the gun malfunctioned. A side note should be kept as a reminder of which guns are out of AP or HE ammunition.
SELECTION PROCEDURE: Each player takes one marker of each nationality
and simultaneously reveals their choice of side.
If opposing sides are selected, those sides are assigned. If the same
side is chosen, the players bid for side with the lower rated (seed) player
bidding first. Bids may start
at '0' and progress in whole numbers only.
The bid is the numbers of dominate squads to be added to the opposing
side. The bid continues until one player accepts the opposing side
whose force is augmented with that bid.
Please report the bid, winning side and comments (i.e. uneven die
rolls at key moments) as this data will be used for balance modification to
the scenario prior to its published form.
The Red Army started
a frontal assault on the village of Wytyczno and expected the Polish forces to
be completely routed since it was believed to be comprised entirely of officers.
However, that was not the case and the Polish tabors crossed the road
into the forests behind the village and placed artillery posts there, which
enabled the defending Poles to hold their positions.
The struggle for the village
continued on, with both sides suffering heavy losses.
At 9am the Polish 75 mm artillery had no more than 60 shells left and the
howitzers had not more than 10 per barrel.
Gen. Wilhelm Orlik-Rückemann ordered the Polesie Battalion to attack the
left flank of the enemy in order to lessen the enemy pressure on the center of
the Polish line. However, the
soldiers were too exhausted to start the assault and most of them simply
declined to follow the order. The
KOP Sarny Regiment Commander, Col. ,
reported that the Polish defenses were getting weaker with every hour and with
all probability the battle would end by dawn with a complete Polish defeat.
At 10:30am a Polish war council was called together and from that meeting
it was decided that the only way for the Polish forces to survive was to
withdraw, divide the unit onto smaller detachments, and then try to break
through to the units of the Independent Operational Group Polesie fighting
nearby. At noon the Polish units
successfully withdrew to the forests. Most of them joined other Polish units to continue the fight,
while Gen. Orlik-Rückemann found his way to Great Britain through Lithuania and