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19_01hs: Over the Rhine! - MC 02 Fulda Gap '85

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19_01hs: Over the Rhine!

By Joerg Lissa
Warsaw Pact 13 - 1 - 13 NATO
Rating: 8.27 (18)
Games Played: 27
SM: 3
Turns: 21
Type: Stock
First Side: Warsaw Pact
Second Side: NATO
Mannheim, West Germany, June 18th 1985: The titanic struggle for Frankfurt continues and the situation is beginning to look bleak for Warsaw Pact forces. Soviet High Command decides on an alternate strategy and opts to head Southwest in the direction of Mannheim, an important strategic city on the Rhine. The Group of Soviet Forces Germany has committed the relatively fresh 6th Guards Tank Division and 27th Guards Mot Rifle Division, one battered Division from the 8th Gds Army and one battered Division from the 3rd East German Army for this operation. NATO, however, has other plans. In an effort to relieve the Frankfurt Front, the Commander of Central Command has decided to stop and crush this rash maneuver with everything he can muster. The US 8th Infantry Division and the German 4th Panzergrenadier Division is standing by to react. This is the chance for NATO to gain the initiative from the Warsaw Pact and a victory here lays the seeds for a major NATO counter offensive. [Size: large] Designer’s notes: Best played as Warsaw Pact or Human vs. Human. Explicit Supply is possible.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Catgh's ProfileCatgh Totally Pro Warsaw Pact 4
Esher's ProfileEsher Slightly Pro NATO 7
Esher's ProfileEsher Well Balanced 7
CptCav's ProfileCptCav Well Balanced 8
CptCav's ProfileCptCav Slightly Pro NATO 7
Kool Kat
Lieutenant General
Kool Kat Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:55 pm
The Warsaw Pact player needs to exercise patience and wait for several turns of reinforcements before committing these assets to the battlefield. Best avenue for advance is through Benshein with combat engineers in front to clear paths through the numerous NATO minefields. The route through Rimbach is good as a feint maneuver and to guard the Warsaw Pact left flank. The NATO player needs to inflict damage on the advancing enemy columns, but also trade space for time and not get pulled under in a costly attrition slug fest against the Warsaw Pact. NATO has good defensive terrain (urban and forest) to fall back into before Mannheim. Note - the use of WMD (Persistent Chemicals) are authorized for BOTH NATO and the Warsaw Pact at scenario start! Scenario briefing does not mention this fact. Between equal skilled players, "Over the Rhine!" is an exciting and balanced contest with room for maneuver and a good mix of forces. A recommended Fulda Gap '85 scenario!
Regards, Mike / "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." - George S. Patton /