Call Me Sissi
Arctic Front Deluxe #9
|(Attacker) Finland||vs||Soviet Union (Defender)|
|Finland||P-1 Sissi Battalion|
|Soviet Union||44th Rifle Div|
|Overall Rating, 2 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 598|
|Parent Game||Arctic Front Deluxe|
|Maps||2: 6, 9|
|Layout Dimensions||56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Arctic Front Deluxe||counters|
|Battle of the Bulge||maps|
|Eastern Front||maps + counters|
As the Finns pressed 44th Rifle Division tighter and tighter, Soviet resistance became even more desperate. The ski guerrillas spearheaded the assault as the Finns tried to wipe out the trapped Soviet division. But as their position grew smaller, the Soviets were able to pack more and more men into their shorter front lines.
Expecting an easy victory, the Finns found themselves caught in a furious infantry fight. Narrowing lines allowed the Soviets to pack their front with troops, restoring the fighting spirit of soldiers made fearful by the silent, dark forests. Despite repeated attacks, the Soviet lines held.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|2 Errata Items|
The reduced direct fire value in Kursk: Burning Tigers is 4-4.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
Kommissars never get morale or combat modifiers. Ignore misprints.
(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
|Will No One Rid Me of this Meddlesome Russian Lieutenant?|
Ruleset was 3rd Ed., but used spotting rules of 4th (particularly that leaders in assaults may not spot for bombardment fire outside of the assault hex).
Board 6: 6xINF + LT (Hero of the Soviet Union) hexes 1009; 1010; 1111. 2xINF; 2xENG + LT 0413 & 0514. 4x81mm 0509 & 0608. 4xINF + 2xHMG + CPT 0209; 0210; 0310.
Board 9: 4xINF + 2xHMG + COL + LT + KOM: 1105; 1106; 1206. 4xINF + 2xINF(R) + CPT: 1114; 1214; 1215. 2xHMG(R) + 2xINF(R) + 2x45mm: 0615; 0716; 0717. 2xT-26: 0809. 2xHMG + LT: 0510. 2x45mm: 0607; 0608. 4xINF(R) + 2xHMG(R) + 45mm: 0702-0704. 6x76.2mm: 0303 & 0304.
Finn initial attack group moves west along the southern edge, then moves NW to the road blocking force. It should be noted that the Finn leaders were relatively weak with no '2' morale or attack bonus with the first group. The leaders with the reinforcing elements were very strong including two of the 11-2-2 variety.
Soviet units converge from both west and east. Most notably, the Soviet LT 9-0-1 from the 6:1010 group and other units move aggressively to spot for the massive soviet artillery park (3 x 30 col + 3 x 16 all told). Soviet artillery scores strongly throughout the game with several '2' and/or '12' results on the bombardment table. Further, INF units with Hero of the Soviet Union (see above) rolled '2' and '3' on the 7- and 11-col respectively: overall result is that despite very strong Finnish morale, step losses and morale failures prevent an coherent attack in the board center. One area the Finns were successful was in pushing a CPT + 2 Sissi westwards along the south though these elements too took a step loss and harassing fire.
One particularly exciting action was the Finns assaulting the "Meddlesome" Russian LT (to stop his spotting): after eliminating the Soviet INF with him; the LT survives the casualty checks; morale checks; displacement of lone leader check; and the "free shot." Finding himself now outside the assault, he now calls in multiple artillery shots on the 3xFinnish Sisi units getting a +1 BF shift ... this leads to yet more Finnish step losses.
Finnish reinforcements split with HMGs and some INFs entering along the E/W road clearing remaining soviet units; the remainder move west north of the heavy woods complex to attack the Soviet blocking units and the COL. In the middle of board 6; another 30-col bombardment 2X result kills the Finnish major resulting in a decapitation.
At game end; the Finns: reached the Board 9 N/S road in the south with 4 steps; were engaging dug-in soviet units in the west central portion of Board 6; and had mostly eliminated or DEM the center board holding units.
Finn: 30 Soviet steps + 4 leaders + 4 Finnish steps on N/S road = 38 VPs
Soviet: 13 Finnish steps + 34 steps on roads = 47 VPs