Borodino'41 - The Matrix Games version of East Front II
Mozhaisk, 92 km west of Moscow: One week into Operation "Typhoon" Vyazma and Bryansk were surrounded and the panzers were ready to resume their drive on Moscow. On the 13th of October General Stumme's XL Panzer Korps, slowed down by two Soviet tank brigades, reached the Borodino battlefield 13 km from Mozhaisk. Between them and Moscow stood one single Red Army rifle division, just arrived by train from Vladivostok to man the partly completed Mozhaisk Defense Line. Colonel Polosukhin's 32nd Rifle Division was an elit unit, veterans of fighting against the Japanese. Reinforced with tanks and antitank guns the Siberians held on for 5 days, but on the 18th, the Waffen SS finally got through. On the 19th of October Mozhaisk fell, but the Soviets had gained invaluable time as fresh divisions filled in behind the survivors to block the Moscow highway. The vital week, when Moscow was almost defenseless, was gone. The Russian capital was still far away and soon it would be winter...