In June 1944, one of the greatest battles on Scandinavian soil, Tali-Ihantala, began. Stalin gives the order to finish off Finland in order to concentrate on Operation Bagration which has just started.
From then on, the Soviet forces will have to give repeated blows first on the fortified VKT line and then quickly break through to the north.
Initially, with the help of the 30th Guard Army, the Soviet advance was slow but continuous until it formed a salient towards Ihantala. Attrition on both sides is very high. But the arrival of the Finnish armoured division coupled with a particularly effective artillery fire changes the situation and the counter-attack that follows sees the repression of the Soviets.
Finally, the Finnish forces will succeed with their last reserves and the German air force to stabilize the lines. Stalin will cancel the offensive and will deal with the Finnish authorities until the former ally is turned against the Germans. Finland is saved but at what price!
Continuing their rapid advance through the country of their new ally, Romania, the Soviets are caught by the 2nd Hungarian Army in Transylvania before arriving at the local capital Cluj. Faced with the enemy's vanguard, the Hungarians even allowed themselves to launch an offensive along the Mureş. After a brief phase of surprise, the Stavka reacts by ordering the Soviet units present and the Romanian 4th Army in the process of reorganization to reach Turda and its pass. Attacks on several sectors along the Mureş followed, which the Hungarian forces and German reinforcements found difficult to repel. Even the action of the 23rd Panzer Division will struggle to contain the repeated assaults of Soviet and Romanian forces. Fortunately for the Axis, Allied losses were such that Stavka decided in mid-October to bypass Turda from the east.
As a Soviet, will you be able to break through the front decisively, and as an Axis member, will you be able to contain the red waves?
The game includes:
- A 59 x 41 cm card (printed on both sides)...
- 216 pre-cut counters and markers, double-sided
- A rulebook and 7 scenarios, including 2 campaign scenarios
- A color play aid.
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