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99_31: AFNORTH - PREPARED - MC 04 North German Plain '85

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By Marc Bellizzi
Warsaw Pact 4 - 4 - 3 NATO
Rating: 7.64 (12)
Games Played: 11
SM: 4
Turns: 35
Type: Custom
First Side: Warsaw Pact
Second Side: NATO
I have never been a big believer in the 'bolt from the blue' Soviet surprise attack theory; the west had too many spies in key eastern bloc government positions, too many satellites looking behind the iron curtain and too much knowledge of what precursors to look for if the Soviets were to mobilize to not know an attack was coming; in fact, NATO planners believed they would have at a minimum 4 days advance notice before any true WARPAC invasion. We will never really know how NATO would have reacted, had the Soviets initiated a full mobilization. My speculation is NATO would not have just sat idly by and awaited the avalanche. This then is the backdrop for the "AFNORTH Prepared" scenario. ------------ West Germany, June 10th 1985: As tensions around the world increase, the obvious buildup of Soviet power behind the iron curtain was closely monitored. While NATO governments desperately tried to calm the east-west tension, NATO armies prepared for war. WARPAC plans were to secure Schleswig-Holstein & Denmark, known as the Baltic Approaches (BALTAP), with a thrust through Luebeck and up the peninsula by the 5th DDR Army. This attack would be supported by an assortment of Naval and Airborne forces. Two goals would be achieved in capturing the BALTAP; the Soviet Baltic Fleet could sortie into the North Sea, and it would provide forward bases for WARPAC air raids on the UK and North Atlantic. Defending this area would be AFNORTH, a small collection of Bundeswehr, Territorial Army and Danish Army units. NATO relied heavily on reinforcement for this sector. With enough time, this sector might be made defensible. [Size: medium] Designer notes: Exit points are for DDR units only. Explicit Supply is possible. "Volcano Man's" NGP85 pictures pack download required to play. Thanks to M Breed, S Galbraith & E Williams for all their help and a special thanks to G Saunders for making this scenario possible.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Heinz's ProfileHeinz Well Balanced 8
Heinz's ProfileHeinz Slightly Pro Warsaw Pact 8
RedDevil's ProfileRedDevil Well Balanced 8
Heinz's ProfileHeinz Well Balanced 8
Heinz's ProfileHeinz Moderately Pro Warsaw Pact 7
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
NATO HMCS Rosthern's Profile HMCS Rosthern vs. Kool Kat Kool Kat's Profile Warsaw Pact Draw 40 40
Warsaw Pact Gray Nemesis's Profile Gray Nemesis vs. Kool Kat Kool Kat's Profile NATO Draw 40 40
Warsaw Pact Eckerslyke's Profile Eckerslyke vs. panther421 panther421's Profile NATO Draw 40 40
Warsaw Pact The_General's Profile The_General vs. panther421 panther421's Profile NATO Warsaw Pact Minor Victory 56 24
NATO Dirk Gross's Profile Dirk Gross vs. phoenix phoenix's Profile Warsaw Pact Draw 40 40
phoenix Frid Jan 15, 2021 9:30 am
Quite a challenge for the pact, I felt.
HMCS Rosthern
HMCS Rosthern Sat Feb 10, 2024 1:22 am
This is a great scenario! A multi-front game on the Denmark peninsula.