Breakout Too Late
Breakout Too Late
|Publication: QuickFire Challenge 1|
|Location: East of Minsk|
|Scenario Date: July 5th 1944|
|# of Turns: 6|
|# of Maps: 2|
|Maps Used: 5, 22|
East of Minsk, July 5th 1944. The Soviets launched Operation Bagration on the 22nd of June and within eleven days had captured Minsk on July 3rd. 3rd Belorussian Front had by June 26th crushed the German defenses on a 100 kilometer front and moved forward 30 to 50 kilometers. 5th Guards Tank Army entering the action and moving southwest towards Beresina and Borisov, cutting the Vitebsk-Orsha road as the 2nd Guards Tank Corps swung south and cut the German communications zones between Orsha and Minsk. On the 27th of June a gap opened between the German 3rd Panzer Army and it's neighbor the 4th Army with the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army thrust into the gap, encircling and destroying the elite German 78th Infantry Division at Orsha with the 2nd Guards Tank Corps. At this junction Stavka revised it plans for the encirclement of Minsk by the north and south to a wider encirclement arc to the west of Minsk, thus placing the 5th Guards Tank Army as a blocking force west of Minsk, thus trapping the German 4th Army with its remnants moving west from Mogilev from 29 June to 4 July to attempt to reach the main line of German resistance. With what was left of the 4th Army including the XXVII Army Corps - having been bypassed in the forests east of Minsk - attempted to breakout on 5 July spearheaded by the 25th Panzer Grenadier Division.
The Germans win at game end by Exiting > 12 VP off the west edge between 22GG6 and 5A6. The Russians win by preventing the Germans VC and eliminating twice as many CVP as they lose.
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