Fall Blau: Army Group South June to December 1942
Compass GamesFor 1-6 players, ages 12+, playing time around 30-420 minutes.
Hex and counter wargame using a modified version of the classic Operation Typhoon/Victory in the West system. This involves a chit pull for strong units to determine strength upon entering combat. The basic turn sequence is classic IGO-UGO which consists of movement and combat, with possible attacks for mechanized units during movement. Planes are simplified through the use of Air Points. The Axis player is limited by supply limitations. The support system being tied into supply easily restricts him from having the strength to attack everywhere at once!
Each turn covers 3 days of action, therefore, each scenario breaks battles off into smaller pieces for shorter playtime. Scale is just over 10km (6.5 miles) per hex and basic units are divisions, with Soviet corps, brigades, and tank battalions, as needed. Order of Battle from various sources, largely from the works of David Glantz, and fine tuned to give a reasonably accurate flow to the campaign.
Three maps (22"x34") with two smaller extensions (13"x9",22"x25") run from Kursk toward Baku across the diagonal. There are a few extra German divisions available as options. The Eleventh Armee can be kept from going to Leningrad and sent to help capture the oilfields as an option. Free setup options are available and automatic victory goals based on Hilter's whim...