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Kiev 1943


A game by Nicolas Stratigos in the collection VaeVictis history game. Kiev 1943, is the 3rd volume of the series Storm in the East.

  • French
  • 2 player(s)

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After the failure of Zitadelle in mid-July 1943 and the loss of Kharkov on August 23rd, the German armies retreat back to the Dnieper, followed by Soviet forces. 

Vatutin's Voronezh front had the mission to rush on Kiev and destroy the 4th Panzerarmee.
On September 21, the 3rd Tank Army of the Guard reaches the Dnieper and establishes a bridgehead at Bukrin, near Kanev, soon joined by the 27th and 70th armies. On September 26, the Soviets dropped two brigades of paratroopers on Kanev but the operation turned into a disaster. Meanwhile, the 38th Army forces the river at Lyutezh, 20 km north of Kiev. On September 30, the Southern Army Group finally crossed the Dnieper. In mid-October, the Soviets again launched an operation from Bukrin, but to no avail. Realizing the tactical impasse at this bridgehead, the Stavka decided to transfer - in the greatest secrecy - the 3rd Armoured Army of the Rybalko Guard into the Lyutezh pocket.
Vatutin then prepared a major attack on Kiev. On November 3, more than 2,000 cannons poured a deluge of fire on the units of VII. and XIII. Korps, 68 and 88. ID can do nothing against the 38th Army supported by the 5th Tank Corps of the Guard. Further north the 60th Army attacks in the direction of Korosten.
In spite of the counter-attacks of the 7.and 8. Panzer and the 20. Pz.Grenadier, Rybalko's men enter Kiev and liberate it completely on November 6th. Fastov falls on November 7th, Soviet troops advance on the whole front. Jitomir falls to the 1st Cavalry Corps of the Guard on November 12. The Soviets then advanced more than 120 km to the west! The Germans sent reinforcements from all over. The 25th. Panzer slowed down the Soviets at Fastov with many casualties, the 1. SS, 2. SS and the 1. Pz blocked the Soviet advance to the south.
On November 13th, Von Manstein launches a counter-offensive with the 48. Panzer Korps towards Jitomir and Brusilov on the southern flank of the Soviet penetration .
Will you, as a Soviet, liberate Kiev on the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and as a German, restore the front of the 4th Panzerarmee?
 The game features:
  • A 61.5 x 59 cm card...
  • 216 pre-cut counters and markers, double-sided
  • A rule book
  • Two color play aids.
Theme(s) War
Language(s) French
Mechanism(s) Wargame
Editor Vae Victis

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