April 26, 1920,
Poland army of 64 units opposed to Russia army of 79 units
for a battle of complexity 0.66 at Division(XX) level
on a 50 Km/Hex map
for 16 turns of Half Week each.
by Jaroslaw Flis submited on 08-01-2003
Rugged-Defense Playing Statistics
First turn of Campaign 1920 during Polish-Bolshevik War.
Poland 1920 - scenario No 3
Date: April-June 1920
Location: Ukraine and Belorus
Map scale: 50km per hex
Time scale: Half-week turns
Unit Scale: Brigade/Division
Length: 16 Turns
Grey on Green - Legion divisions
Dark Green on Green - Galician units
Green on Green - Kongresowka units
Black on Green - Poznan units
Blue on Green - Haller's Army
Yellow on Green - Lithuanian-Belorussian divisions
Black on Dark Green - cavalry
Grey on Dark Green - support units
Yellow on Blue - Ukrainian Army
White on Red - SW Front infantry
White on Lt Red - SW Front cavalry
Yellow on Red - West Front infantry
Rose on Lt Red - West Front cavalry
Black on Lt Red - 1st Cavalry Army
Red on Lt Brown - SW Front support units
Yellow on Lt Brown - West Front support units
Blue on Yellow - Ukrainian Sich Rifles
Red on Yellow - Lithuanian Army
Russia wins if its units capture Lviv.
Ukrainian Army gets reinforcements as long as Polish Player holds Kyiv.
Ukrainian Army deserts if Polish Player can't capture Kyiv before 27th May. It gets 100VP for Russian.
Russian 1st Cavalry Army is inactive until turn 9.
Each Russia-controlled Ukrainian Sich Rifle Brigade has a chance to desert in turn 1. All of them desert in turn 2, if Poles don't attack them.
West Front reinforcements arrive sooner, as long as Russian units don't cross no-man's land. "Blockade" units are withdrawn 3 turns after Poles capture Kyiv, when Russians cross no-man's land or on turn 11.
No rail movement on enemy controlled terrain, except armoured trains, but no more then 3 hexes away other own unit.
Poles try to remake their state with historical borders - including Belorus and Ukraine. Red Army, after victory in civil war, plans march westward - to Europe.
Polish Army Mosaic
Divisions 1st-3rd have been based on Legion Brigades, volunteer formations fighting during WWI against Russia. Divisions 4th-6th and 21st have been organized based on regiments of Autro-Hungarian army from Galicia. Divisions 7th-10th have been organized in Kongresowka - Central Poland, which was part of the old Russian Empire before WWI. Divisions 11th-13th and 18th have been organized in France during WWI. Divisions 14th-17th based on units organized in Poznan province - Western Poland, which was part of German Empire before WWI. 1st and 2nd Lithuanian-Belorussian Divisions was formations based on Polish volunteers from these countries.
There was two conceptions of Polish state in 1918 and later - Piast and
Jagiellonian. The names are from two dynasties of Polish kings. The first
one has governed in X-XIV centuries, when borders of Polish state are
similiar present-day's. Second one has been Lithuanian dynasty, which starts
to govern after Polish-Lithuanian union in 1396. It's name become from king
Wladyslaw Jagiello. Lithuanian state in XIV century has contained big area
of "Rus'" territory, except later Duchy of Moscow area (from XVIII century -
"Russia"). Belorus and Ukraine it is this part of Rus' which has been
conquered by Lithuanians and became part of "Commonwelth of Both Nations"
after next union in 1572. When Ukraine is incorporated to "Polish Crown" and
Belorus remains in "Great Duchy of Lithuania". So, "Piast Poland" it is
Poland inside exactly ethnic borders. "Jagiellonian Poland" it is Great
Poland - including Lithuania, Belorus and Ukraine. It is relation like
England and Great Britain. There was big debate in 1918-20. Conception of
"Border Federation" lost after collapse of "Kyiv Expedition". Lithaunians
were hostile to any federation as they afraid of Polish domination and be able to organize own independent state. Peace
Treaty of Riga based on idea of simple incorporation of these areas of
Belorus and Ukraine, where Polish minority was significant. Without any
concession for Ukrainians and Belorussians. It was really a partition of
Ukraine and Belorus between Poland and Russia. Nowadays many Poles think,
that it was big mistake. Me too. We should support their own states, even
they are very weak and can turn agains Poland. Probability of their
hostility was always lower then appetites of Russian state.
Home page for this scenario can be found at http://media.miks.uj.edu.pl/~jflis/pasje/TOAW/dnepr.htm
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