Following the fighting in Turda in September 1944, Malinovsky was ordered by the Stavka to attack in the direction of Budapest.
To do this he gathered a considerable force, although somewhat weakened by the previous fighting, the mobile groups Pliev and Gorshkov, the 6th Armoured Army of the Guard and the 53rd Army with a tank corps. Opposite, the III Panzer Korps with three armoured divisions and one of Panzer Grenadier supported by some Hungarian and German troops. In the end more than 1000 armoured tanks will fight during three weeks on nearly 140 km of front!
On 6 October 1944 the southern pincer of the Second Ukrainian Front attacked the forces of Army Group South around Arad and broke through the Hungarian 3rd Army. In 24 hours, the spearhead of the attack, the mechanised cavalry group Pliev, advanced more than 50 km. The northern pincer - the 6th Armoured Army of the Guard - was hit hard by counter-attacks of the 1st and 23rd Panzer around Nagyvarad and could not reach the Hungarian plain.
Redirecting the Pliev Group to the north-east, Malinovski hoped to take the defenders of Nagyvarad in a pincer movement and pave the way to Debrecen, Nyíregyháza and Tokaj, cut the Army Group South in two and isolate the 8th Army retreating in front of the 4th Ukrainian Front.
On 9 October the south-western lock of Debrecen fell but the Germans engaged reinforcements and launched two divisions, Armoured and Panzer Grenadier, supported by a battalion of Tiger II - Operation Zigeuner Baron - on the flank of the Soviet penetration on 19 October.
Debrecen finally fell on the 20th, Nyíregyháza on the 22nd, effectively isolating the 8th Army .
Is it all set? No, because taking advantage of the advanced position of Pliev's cavalry corps, the Germans launched an assault on the 8th Army units and the Panzer units in order to reopen the Soviet nasse and destroy the mobile group.
Will you as a Soviet be able to make the best use of your powerful armored forces to encircle the enemy and as a member of the Axis, save the 8th Army and protect the outskirts of Budapest?
The game features:
- A map measuring 61.5 x 59 cm...
- 216 pre-cut counters and markers, double-sided
- A rule book
- A color play aid.
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