Bäke's Winter Storm II
15 December 1942
The bulk of Panzer Regiment 11, under the leadership of Colonel von Hünersdorff, is assigned to the forward mobile defense of Verkhne Kumksy, a critical jumping off point for the next thrust toward Stalingrad. Major Dr. Bake is deputy commander of this force. A holding force under Hauptmann Löwe is set-up in the village of Verkhne Kumsky itself.
But the tankists and motorized infantry of Colonel-General V.T. Volksii's Soviet 4 th Mechanized Corps are full of confidence and grim determination too. They spearheaded the southern pincer that surrounded the 6 th Army in Stalingrad and they will die before allowing the German rescue attempt to succeed. Despite the blue skies above the Kalmuk steppe another winter storm is about to break...
Map size: 6km x 4km
Total points combined: 22000
DESIGNERS' NOTES for "Bäke's Winter Storm II"
To make this battle playable within CMBB parameters we have condensed the timeline of the actual action, scaled down the size of units involved (but kept the proportions) and reduced the dimension of the battlefield by 50%.
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Playing the Operation
If you want to play against the AI then download "Bäke's Winter Storm II AI". With AI sticking to 'computer player uses scenario default'. If playing against the AI you can give it a combat experience bonus of at least +2 to up the level of challenge!
If you want to play H2H then play “Bäke's Winter Storm II H2H”
Each player, in their side specific brief has important information contained therein referring to each subsequent battle. It covers intel and other important information to assist you in planning for the next action.
Field Marshall von Manstein's rescue effort, “Operation Winter Storm”, continues to advance toward the trapped German 6 th Army in Stalingrad, with the 6 th Panzer Division at the tip of the spear. Exceeding its orders from 4 th Panzer Army commander General Hoth, the division has advanced beyond its bridgehead over the Aksay river and a Kampfgruppe has occupied the village of Verkhne Kumsky in a shallow valley on the bleak Kalmuk steppe. Stalingrad is only 60 kilometers away, and Stavka has rushed two Soviet mechanized corps, the 13 th and 4 th , to stem the assault.
The previous day's battle [see our scenario “Bäke's Winter Storm I”] has convinced the division's commander, General Erhard Raus, and the commander of its Panzer Regiment 11, Oberst von Hünersdorff, that German panzer troops and tactics are superior. So when German reconnaissance reports a large enemy armored force approaching Verkhne Kumsky, Hünersdorff stands in his turret and exhorts his panzertruppen, “Now show what you can do!” 150,000 German lives are in the balance.
But the tankists and motorized infantry of Colonel-General V.T. Volksii's Soviet 4 th Mechanized Corps are full of confidence and grim determination too. They spearheaded the southern pincer that surrounded the 6 th Army in Stalingrad and will die before allowing the rescue attempt to succeed.
If Major Dr. Franz Bäke, commander of the German panzer regiment's II Abteilung, had a crystal ball, he could see more than a year into the future when he will lead another desperate armored rescue attack near a place called Korsun. But for now, all he can see is the endless steppe stretching to the horizon around Verkhne Kumsky. The Russians are coming t
Designer's Note: Due to the intensity of the actual battle and the distance from supply bases, ammunition supply became a critical issue in this engagement.
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