South of Wurzberg

V1.1

1/6/89

The crisis in spring 1989 rather spectacularly blew up into war. The new president of the USSR convinced that the western powers were about to intervene after the coup, ordered the forces of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact to pre-empt NATO aggression and attack into Germany. The attack was heralded by a tactical nuclear bombardment that took out nearly every NATO air base, SAM base and logistics base over a period of two hours. An alarming number of nukes failed to detonate or went awry but the Pact had enough in reserve to finish the job. NATO's retaliation the next day was emphatic, though the Pact had more time to disperse and protect their assets.

Pact progress was solid, if not spectacular, and broke through NATO's first line of defences. In south Germany the Soviet Western Group of Forces with their Czech allies broke through the US VII Corps and pushed onwards towards the French border. There was little directly in their way except reserve German forces. However to the south of the breakthrough was the French II Corps supported by the tiny 4th Canadian Brigade Mechanised Group. The plan was to push north against the flank of the breakthrough and cut of its head, just to the east of Wurzburg, supported by tactical nuclear fires by Pluton Missiles.

The 4CBMG was tasked with guarding the left flank of the French attack, in case any of the Soviet spearhead forces were to turn back and counter attack.

Unusually for the war so far, the French II Corps and the 4 CBMG could rely on a modicum of air support. The Pact has made numerous conventional attacks on airbases in France but had not used nukes, fearing the response of a country with an independent nuclear deterrent. There were Canadian CF-18 Hornets ready for ground attack missions. CENTAG had ordered the Canadian air commander to attack the Soviet spearhead to slow it down. The French II Corps commander chose to interpret that as providing full close air support to the II Corps attack. The Canadian CinC reckoned the contradictions between the two sets of orders left enough wiggle room to provide some close support to his countrymen.

Map and Order of Battle

Warsaw Pact Deployment

Day 1 the Pact forces deploy first and move second. Pact forces move first on day 2

All elements of the 2nd Motor Rifle Division start deployed on table.

The motor rifle companies, their RHQ and the 216th AT regiment can deploy anywhere to the east of the pink dotted line. They are in foxholes (1 left cover)

The other units of the 2nd Motor Rifles must deploy within 6" of edge AC

The main body of the 81st Divisional Recce and the Regimental Recce of the 239th Guards are placed on the table as reinforcements during the night interval. The may not be placed further west than the pink dotted line and must obey the normal enemy proximity rules.

The Depth Recce enters the table Day 2 Turn 1, carried in the Mi-8 of the 238th regiment.

On Turn 1 Day 2, The Forward Detachment and Main Body of the 239th Guards Tank Regiment enter in column along either road B or C, or enter deployed within 9" of road B or C. They may use the same or different roads.

The 238th Separate Helicopter Regiment enters Turn 1 Day 2. It enters anywhere between points A and C

On Turn 2 Day 2 the 1/295th Motorised Rifle Battalion, RAG, Observer for the DAG High Power Artillery Battery and the RHQ 239th Guards Tank Regiment enter in column along either road B or C, or enter deployed within 9" of road B or C. They may use the same or different roads. The RAG may participate in the pre-programmed bombardment at the start of the day but may not otherwise fire until deployed on table.

On Turn 3 Day 2 the 15th Divisional SAM Battery enters in column along either road B or C, or enters deployed within 9" of road B or C

The MRL Battalion of the DAG and the High Power Artillery Battery may both participate in the pre-programmed bombardment at the start of the night interval. They may then fire each turn from off table. The High Power Battery is only capable of nuclear fires

NATO  Deployment

The elements of Task Force Tinker are deployed on table within 9" of Unterbalbach

Royal Canadian Dragoons Recce Squadron & Royal Canadian Dragoons BG start on table within 24" of point B. They may start in any formation

4th Combat Engineer Regiment starts deployed to the west of the river. (Tactical note - in order to blow the bridges at the start of Day2 the engineers must deploy adjacent to the bridges)

The 33e Regiment de Hussards is deplyed within 24" of point D

On Turn 2 1st Battalion 22nd Regiment BG, 2nd Battalion Canadian Light Infantry BG, Brig HQ (if using the M577 - see below) & 127th Air Defence Battery enter in road column down road G. All arrive on day one at the following time

The 444th Tactical Helicopter Squadron enters Turn 3 Day 1 anywhere between points I & E

Terrain

The table is 5ft x 8ft if playing 6" = 1km

The open terrain is rolling farmland

The green areas are managed forest, mostly deciduous trees

The grey areas are suburban BUA

The thick red line is an autobahn (dual carriageway) the thinner red lines minor roads. They have no game effect except to obviate the terrain penalties for terrain they pass through.

The blue line is a river. The regimental recce and OT-64 companies can swim the river, treating it as an obstacle.

The back dotted line is a railway. It has no game effect except to obviate the terrain penalties for terrain it passes through.

The brown dotted lines are elevations. Any stand touching a line is considered elevated. It can see over all terrain except

Terrain

Movement

Cover

ZOC

Fire Power

Leg/non-motorised

Wheels/ motorised

Tracked/ mechanised

Inf & Cav

Towed Guns

Vehicle

Inf & Cav

Towed Guns & Vehicles

IDF

BUA Suburban

Difficult

Difficult

Difficult

2L

1L

1L

Cluttered

-

Zero

Fortifications: Foxholes

*

*

*

1L

1L

-

*

*

*

*

Elevation

*

*

*

-

-

-

Cluttered

*

*

*

Open

-

-

-

-

-

-

Clear

-

-

-

Woods Managed

Difficult

Difficult

Difficult

1L

1L

1L

Cluttered

-

-

Zero

 

Terrain

Movement

Cover

ZOC

Leg/non-motorised

Wheels/ motorised

Tracked/ mechanised

River, Wide

Pure

Impassable*

Impassable*

-

-

*Amphibious units can cross

Aircraft

The Warsaw pact airfields and dispersal sites have been nuked to oblivion. However some of the airfields in France are OK.

Each turn the NATO player rolls 1d6. On a 6 an CF-118 Hornet is available for ground attack. This is armed with cluster bombs (1 AP factor)

Special Rules

The game is 12 turns long, 6 on day one followed by a night interval followed by 6 on day 2

Before the game starts the 4CBMG Brig HQ may discard its M577 and ride in the helicopter of the 444th Squadron. In the re-motorise phase of the night interval the Brig HQ may mount/dismount the helicopter or M577. Note if the Brig HQ is in the helicopter day 1 it will NOT be available during the rally phase of the night interval. Whether the Brig HQ is carried or not Z Btty 1st Regt RCHA is considered in direct support of the helicopter.

Task Group O'Higgins. The unit template is placed on the table turn one but starts empty. During the move phase of each NATO turn the NATO player may roll 1d6. On a 3-6 add an M1 or M2 to the template (alternate). Alternatively the NATO player may declare the unit "ready". On the turn the unit is declared ready, or any turn before it is declared ready, the unit may not move or shoot (except for making compulsory retreat moves). It may be activated but only to rally disruptions. When unready all shooting at it is moved two to the right. If it is close assaulted it automatically loses by 7+. On the turn after it is ready it may move an shoot normally, however it may no longer roll for extra stands. When it is declared ready it will not be made spent. It must have two or more stands before it can be declared ready.

(Task Group O Higgins is an ad-hoc unit for re-grouping stragglers from US units and to absorb odd unit that were in workshops etc when the Soviets attacked)

Over the night interval 4CBMG may split into companies. Either or both of the 1st Battalion 22nd Regiment BG and 2nd Battalion Canadian Light Infantry BG may split. Splitting is done after rallying attempts. All models are replaced with M113 APCs or infantry (the Leopards and TOWs are assumed to be distributed to companies and are too small to show). Pairs of stands are placed on small templates. Odd stands are lost (however two models from different battalions can be combined - player's choice as to the battalion they serve under). The company units must be placed within 12" of the disbanded parent battalion and not within 12" of an enemy unit. This is an all or nothing approach the NATO player can not detach a single company from the battalion. If a battalion has only 2 stands left it may swap a small template for the large one.

Both sides may use programmed bombardments at the end of the night interval.

Victory Conditions

There are two scoring periods, after turn 6 day one (but before the night interval) and after the end of the game. The side with the highest number of victory points (VPs) wins. NATO scores in the first scoring period, the Warsaw Pact in the second

At the end of day 1 score for NATO

2 VP if there is a Canadian large base unit within 12" of corner A

1 VP if there is a US or French large base unit within 9" of point C and there are no Warsaw pact units within 9" of point C

1 VP if 5 or more Czech companies and/or battalions are destroyed

At the end of Day score for the WP

2 VP if WP have the only large base unit touching an intact bridge (U-Z)

1 VP for each regimental or divisional recce unit that has left the table (not the depth recce) via roads E-H

1 VP if the WP have the only "combat" unit within 9" of point G. Combat units exclude: HQ's, engineers, helicopters and SAMs

References

15th Guards Tank Division: http://www.ww2.dk/new/army/td/15gvtd.htm

Armies of NATO's Central Front, D. Isby & C. Kamps

First Clash: K. Macksey

NATO Order of Battle 1989: http://www.microarmormayhem.com/NATO_ORDER_OF_BATTLE_mod_8.doc

Structure of the Czech People's Army: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structure_of_the_Czechoslovak_People%27s_Army_1989