Stauffenberg's Scenario Archive

Welcome to my Scenario Page.

Here you can find many of the scenarios I have posted in various manifestations over some 9 years of designing with TOAW, 15 years designing if I include boardgames. I also list a number of projects I am currently working on and invite contributions if you feel you have some relevant information that might be included. Please note that revised scenarios will be posted when ready and will not be downloadable until then

Download and use these scenarios for your own enjoyment and play them with other players as you wish; however, I do ask that you not post these anywhere else on the internet without contacting me first. Likewise, maps and OBs are not "loan-able" without permission.

Stauffenberg July, 2008

Stauffenberg's Choice

I will be posting scenarios below that have come my way, usually through combined work on research with the authors, and not through any systematic evaluation of available TOAW scenarios. Neither am I presenting these with any endorsement of playability or balance as my playtesting with them has been limited. What I am saying though, is that these scenarios demonstrate outstanding historical research and dedicated design work.


Coming soon...

Huge 2.0

Pavel Voylov and I have collaborated on numerous WWII East Front scenarios and his most recent assistance saw my Russian OB in The Great War ver.2.0 completely revamped. Without his first class contributions many of my Ostfront scenarios would be lacking on the Russian side of things.

Waters of the Dnieper 1941: The Wehrmacht lunges forward into the Ukraine on June 22nd, 1941. This might be considered a duel between Kleist and Kirponos; certainly the Wehrmacht had a tougher fight in the opening phases of Barbarossa here in the south, than further north. At 5 km per hex, 1-day turns, there is space to maneuver, for both sides, as the Germans and their allies strive to cross the Dnieper before autumn.

Coming soon...

Huge 4.2

Piero Falotti coincidentally came out with his own WWI scenario at the same time that I did and his research work in this vast topic is immense. My own scenario benefited from his research as I note in my acknowledgements, and his 10 km scale and different approach to historical limitations, presents a challenging WW I alternative to my own, rather than just a different version at the same scale.

The Great War 1914-1918: History: in the Summer 1914, following the assassination of the heir to the Austrio-Hungarian throne in Sarajevo, the mechanisms for war are set off. In this game, will the player be able to change history over 230 turns?

TOAW Scenarios by DMcB

All scenarios below are for TOAW III ver., and supercede all other versions.


Drang nach Asien 1942 - The Last Blitzkrieg

coming summer 2011

Huge 1.3 Drang nach Asien 1942 - The Last Blitzkrieg: The German Drive on the Volga and the Caucasus
5 km per hex; half-week turns; regiment/division level. May 17th 1942 to March 1943

The scenario starts one month earlier than Plan Blue, the historical German 1942 offensive in southern Russia, on a map that stretches from Kursk to Tehran, Saratov to Sevastopol. Von Kleist is about to unleash Operation Fredericus, the offensive designed to pocket large Soviet forces committed in the Izyum bulge south of Kharkov, and Manstein in the Crimea is moving his 11th Army for the final assault on Sevastopol after his spectacular victory at Kerch. This is not Plan Blue, although a theatre option will allow a strictly historical model to be played out; instead, this scenario offers a fuller examination of the forces and political-economic factors that shaped this immense campaign, one that lasted 10 months from beginning to end.

The German goal is ultimately Tehran, almost 1200 km from their front lines in May 1942, itself over 900 km long. The Wehrmacht managed to cover almost 600 kms of this in one month over desolate steppes and deserts and on into the Caucasus mountains, with a supply line stretching over 2000 km from Germany. While the first half of the campaign was fought in almost tropical heat upon the perfect tank terrain of the southern USSR, the second half was fought in arctic conditions in high mountain passes and the rubble of Stalingrad. By the end of the Soviet winter offensive in March 1943, the Soviets had moved over 4000 tanks into this theatre. Over 200 divisions on both sides fought in this campaign. Losses for both sides totalled close to a million men. This was to be the last blitzkrieg of WW II; in fact, given the scope of this enormous campaign, the variety of terrain and weather conditions involved, and the panoply of unit types, it can be argued that this was likely the last large-scale ‘epic’ blitzkrieg campaign in military history, one that has received surprisingly little coverage. Until now.

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DMcB 4/2010

The Great War: A TOAW Strategic-Operational Study

Coming soon...

Huge 2.3 The Great War: A TOAW Strategic-Operational Study: 15 kms per hex, 1-week turns, map from Glasgow to Khartoum, St. Petersburg to Capetown. 1914-1919 / 260 turns.

The strategic options in this situation should provide some insights into hitherto peripheral aspects of the war which, while not approaching the cost in blood in France, equal that front in importance, and exceed it in interest and possibilities. The Caucasus front between Russia and Turkey, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Levant, the German colonies in Africa, and the greater movement possibilities in Eastern Europe, are all detailed, as are such minor affairs as the Darfur uprising in the Sudan, and the Senussi uprising in Egypt and Italian Tripolitania. Detailed naval and command rules are being developed with this scenario. Includes 105-page text document

DMcB 7/2005

BERLIN: Götterdämmerung im Osten

Coming soon...

Huge 2.1 BERLIN: Götterdämmerung im Osten, 1944-45. After months of relative quiet on the eastern front, with both sides building up their forces for the decisive battles to come, the Soviets launched their first major offensive of the 1944 campaign season on June 9th against Finnish forces on the isthmus above Leningrad.

This was to be the start of an escalating series of assaults from north to south, the last occurring in Rumania in late August. 1944 was to be the decisive year for the war in the East—not that the Germans still had any hope of winning it, but in the sense that this was their last chance to bring the advance of the Soviet juggernaut to a halt.

DnO maps are extended to the Elbe, Adriatic, and Greek-Turkish borders, to cover the last year of the war in the east at German regimental, Soviet brigade/divisional scale, half-week turns, 10 kms per hex. Highly complex and time-consuming, with an extensive text file offering scenario notes and historical commentary. Note that playtesting is ongoing with this scenario.

Drang nach Osten

Coming soon...

Huge 4.1 DRANG NACH OSTEN: The German Onslaught, On the morning of June 22nd 1941, the Germans waited for the artillery to open up in the forests by the Nieman and Bug rivers, and along the foothills of the Carpathians.

The politicians and philosophers could worry about the nuances: a crusade against Communism struck a chord in rank and file. Confidence was high, and why not? They were the best, they knew they were.

DnO covers the first critical 8 months of Operation Barbarossa in great detail. Highly complex and time-consuming, with a 60 page text file offering scenario notes and historical commentary.

Indopak War 2002

Coming soon...

Large 3.1 Indopak War 2002: This scenario details a war between Pakistan and India in the spring of 2002.

Having mobilised its forces following the terrorist attack in Dehli in November 2001, India's Vajpayee has not been able to back own from this posture without losing face politically. Likewise, Pakistan's Musharraf has not been able to satisfy Delhi's demands for a complete crackdown on radical Islamic groups, without risking an overthrow of his regime.

It is assumed that a further spectacular terrorist attack in Kashmir forces India to react, attacking on land, sea, and air, seeking to force an end to "Pakistani support of terrorism in Kashmir".

Pakistan, following its stated policy of an "offensive-defense", has its own plans to capture Indian territory in order to negotiate a ceasefire from a position of strength. Once again war erupts between these bitter rivals over Kashmir

Afghan-Indopak War 2001
Very Large 2.3 Afghan-Indopak War 2001:This scenario is essentially an expansion of the Indopak War scenario and details "Operation Enduring Freedom" against the Taliban Government in Afghanistan as occurred historically

In this alternate history, however, this operation is set against internal Pakistani political dynamics that allow for only limited assistance or neutrality at start on the part of Musharraf, and in fact sets in motion an Islamist putsch within Pakistan and its inevitable involvement in Afghanistan as an enemy of the "NATO Forces".

This alternate history scenario also features the added complexity of an imminent war between Pakistan and India due to increasingly audacious Islamist fundamentalist attacks in Indian Kashmir and India itself.

When Pakistan decides to aid the Taliban and Pushtun nationalist groups resisting "Operation Enduring Freedom," or when war erupts with India (or both), the conflagration spreads throughout the entire area, drawing China into the fray and posing the real threat that Pakistan and India might be finally tempted to use their nuclear weapons.

Braunschweig: Operations Heron & Edelweiss

Coming soon...

Very Large 8.2 Braunschweig: Operations Heron & Edelweiss, 1942: July 22nd, 1942. The start of the new directive titled "Braunschweig" made up of two components: German 6th Army under Paulus is attacking into the Don bend intent upon encircling Soviet forces there; to his right Hoth's 4th Panzer Army is across the Don at Tsimlanskaya heading for Stalingrad--both part of Operation Heron. Further west the final true German blitzkrieg of the war was underway as 17th Army cleared out the last fanatical NKVD defenders in Rostov and threw pontoon bridges over the Don. Kleist's First Panzer Army is across at Manychskaya and stages a coup across the Proletarskaya dam further south in a surprise rush. To the south, as part of Operation Edelweiss, once again German motorized columns thrust ahead through the glaring heat and dust of summer in search of an enemy that is fleeing south to the Caucasus, east to the Caspian...

Rundstedt's Plan Martin 1944

Coming soon...

Very Large 6.1 Rundstedt's Plan Martin 1944: Field Marshall von Rundstedt, widely respected by many Allied generals, put forward the essential plan to be enacted here late 1944 once it became clear that this offensive was inevitable. Rundstedt’s Plan Martin reversed the start positions of 6th SS Panzer Army to punch through the lines and cut north in front of Liege. The aim was to effect an encirclement of US 1st and 9th Army forces in the Aachen area by linking with another powerful attack debouching from the Roermond salient to the north of Aachen. This was the “small solution”, scorned by Hitler, which would attempt to destroy Allied resistance east of the Meuse before crossing the river in force. Hitler’s “big solution”, with which he ignored and overruled the advice of all his generals, was to go straight at the Meuse before hooking right. It is assumed in this study that Hitler finally allowed Rundstedt and Model to proceed with Plan Martin with the proviso that, once across the Meuse at Liege, the attack force would strike directly towards Antwerp. Rundstedt, Model, et al., readily agree to this, knowing they had small hope of doing so, but with the additional forces made available for the attack, felt there were good odds that they could at least pull off the smaller solution envisioned by Plan Martin. Recapturing Aachen would be no “small” feat, militarily or politically

Operation Mars

Coming soon...

Large 1.8 Operation Mars: This little-known battle, in fact one of the greatest clashes in the history of modern mechanised warfare, and certainly one of the largest fought upon the Eastern Front, was buried by Soviet official histories for over half a century, the willful eclipse of this stunning failure aided by the concurrent success of Soviet arms at Stalingrad. Losing more men than the Union Armies lost in the entire American Civil War, for no gains at all, this was indeed Zhukov's greatest defeat. Note that this version is Soviet Programmed Opponent (PO) only.

Includes Historical & Player Notes text file.

Tobruk '41 (Crusader)

Coming soon...

Medium 4.1 Tobruk '41 (Crusader): This study of Operation Crusader sets the British just off their start-lines and allows them freedom of choice in the offensive. They can attempt an end-run to Bir Hakeim and Gazala, the historical middle thrust to Sidi Rezegh, or follow in the footsteps of Battleaxe and run directly up to invest Bardia and then move along the coast to Tobruk.

Includes Historical & Player Notes text file.

El Alamein

Coming soon...

Medium 4.0 El Alamein: With a massive preponderance of strength the British 8th Army seeks to destroy the Afrika Korps through sheer attrition. Montgomery is quoted as saying that he will accept 100% unit losses during attacks in order to win this battle. Rommel is ordered to stand and fight to the last man: the Desert Fox is thus cornered at last.

Outnumbered 2.5-1 in tanks, 5-1 in the air, and 2-1 in infantry and artillery, the Axis can only hope to inflict as many losses in their defensive works as possible and try to bring the British assault to a standstill. Playable against British PO.

Includes Historical & Player Notes text file.

Sevastopol 1942

Coming soon...

Very small 3.1 Sevastopol 1942: Despite powerful fortifications and fanatical Soviet resistance, the German 11th Army under Manstein succeeded in capturing the fortress in record time, mostly as a result of effective planning, the heaviest German artillery support hitherto seen in the course of the war, and Richthofen's relentless supporting air assaults.

This small study is taken entirely from "Sevastopol 1941-42: Manstein's War in the Crimea" a work in progress which covers the entire campaign at exactly the scale given here.

In the Works: Forthcoming Designs


  • Braunschweig is being completely redesigned by myself, Soviet OB by Pavel, and German allies by Piero. Map has been extended north to the Voronezh area to completely cover the Hungarian part of the front, west to Kharkov, and in the south almost the entire Crimea is now on the map.
  • All other scenarios listed are being revised for TOAW III on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Great War continues to be refined and playtested.
  • Looking into the development of an entirely new game design from the ground up.
July, 2008