July 12, 2012,
Stavka army of 162 units opposed to OKH army of 126 units
for a battle of complexity 0.93 at Regiment(III) level
on a 5 Km/Hex map
for 22 turns of Full Week each.
by Ogar submited on 21-06-2014
Rugged-Defense Playing Statistics
PBEM/PO both sides
This scenario focuses on the offensive operation by the Red Army's Western Front in July 1943 as part of Operation Kutuzov.
The scope of the scenario is limited to the actions along the 'northern shoulder' of the Orel bulge.
Please read the accompanying documentation for more specifics.
2. SPECIAL SCENARIO VARIABLES, SPECIAL EVENTS
This scenario uses a custom .eqp file based on Bill Wilson's SWWDB.
2nd Panzer Army units readiness = 80 (default 100) and supply = 80 (default 100)
No units reconstitute due to the short time-frame of the scenario.
All STAVKA formations have reduced Formation Supply Distribution Efficiency - this can make the formation more fragile to combat losses.
STAVKA and OKH OOB have been modified - see extended briefing for details. Soviet artillery divisions are active on turn 1, and are subject to garrison mode starting about turn 4.
Between turns 5 and 7 - West Front Eng. and 50th Army Eng. units go into garrison mode
There is a 50 VP bonus if the OKH player retains control of Orel (hex 27,31) past turn 16 (July 28, 1943).
Historically, after the inital breakthrough, the battle centered around the city of Bolkhov. Stalin made that city's capture the primary objective for all STAVKA forces. To simulate some of that restriction, the STAVKA player must capture Bolkhov before approaching near Bryansk - else STAVKA loses 75 VPs, and, all units of 4th Tank Army withdraw.
3. Theater Option
The STAVKA player has one theater option - Ignore Bolkhov - available on turn 1.
Accepting this option will help STAVKA if Soviet units cross too near Bryansk before capturing Bolkhov.
This option provides a variable (0 - 25) point reduction in the VP cost (usually 75 VPs) in getting too close to Bryansk, and also provides a 60% chance of keeping 4th Tank Army, if Bryansk is threatened before Bolkhov.
My thanks to all the posters - especially designers - at the Matrix and other forums. Special thanks to Snefens, for tips from his vast experience and for saving this scenario from eqp-xml hell; to Telumar, for all the questions he answered, and for encouraging me to keep at this; and to Fulcrum, Cfant and Oberst Klink, for help and enthusiasm in testing, and testing again, and again.
Thank you to Cfant and to Chris Horn for their proofreading and editing assistance.