Valley of Death - The Matrix Games version of East Front II
Mir, 95 km SW of Minsk: Operation 'Bagration' had been a resounding success for the Red Army . On July 3rd, Rokossovsky's and Chernyakhovsky's forces had linked up west of Minsk, trapping over 100,000 Germans. On July 4th Stalin assigned his commanders new and ambitious objectives. While one Front was sent northwest toward Lithuania and one Front sent southwest toward Brest-Litovsk, Zakharovs Second Belorussian Front was left behind to mop up the remains of Army Group Center. Meanwhile, the 5th SS Panzer Division 'Wiking', after their debacle at Cherkassy the previous winter, had been withdrawn to Cholm to recuperate and re-equip. The reconstituted but cosiderably weakened division next saw action in July 1944, being sent to help bolster the Vistula Front in Poland. In this semi-historical battle, the Wiking runs smack into the 2nd Guards Tank Corp, as it attempts to rescue as many Germans as possible southwest of Minsk.