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The Bukrin Bridgehead
50 miles southeast of Kiev, September 24th, 1943: In mid September 1943 Manstein's Army Group South initiated a full scale
retreat along the entire length of its 600 mile front. The plan was to fall back to the west bank of the Dnieper and redeploy
for defense before the Russians could form any bridgeheads across the river. One spot where the race was won by the Red Army
was near the village of Bukrin, where the 3rd Guards Tank Army with the help of partisans crossed in company strength, during
the first hours of September 22nd, reinforcement of the bridgehead was begun forthwith. The Germans immediately rushed the
advance elements of the 19th Panzer Division down from Kiev to seal off this dangerous foothold. On the 24th the Russians
pressed their attack in an attempt to break through the weakly held German defensive line and link up with a simultaneous
paradrop of three Airborne brigades further to the southwest.
Game length: 12 Turns
For the Russians to win they must capture the town of Bukrin by taking 11 VP's of town buildings
For the Germans to win they must defend against the Russian onslaught from the mountains.
Russians: Squads, HMG, MMG's, LMG's, FT's, ATR's, ART Gun, AT Gun, HVY MTR, AFV's, OBA
Germans: Squads, HMG, MMG's, LMG's, DC's, PSK's, MTR, HVY MTR's, AA Gun, PF's, AFV's, OBA
Boards: #2, #4, #5
Aftermath: The combat troops of the recon battalion were hard put to contain the Russian push but by throwing in the supply
and repair units and anyone else who could be scraped up, a near disaster was averted and the situation restored. The line
had held, and although the Russians attempted for several more weeks to effect a breakout, they had effectively bottled up.
They would have to turn elsewhere to crack the Dnieper line.
Source: ASL The General magazine Scenario C, The Bukrin Bridgehead