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Himmler's Sword
Edelweiss: Expanded #30
(Attacker) Soviet Union vs Germany (Defender)
Formations Involved
Germany 13th SS "Volunteer" Gebirgs Division
Soviet Union 73rd Guards Rifle Division

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Side 1 0
Draw 1
Side 2 0
Overall Rating, 1 vote
Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Edelweiss: Expanded
Historicity Historical
Date 1945-01-29
Start Time 09:00
Turn Count 24
Visibility Day
Counters 69
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 3: 1, 12, 3
Layout Dimensions 84 x 43 cm
33 x 17 in
Play Bounty 145
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Enter & Exit
Urban Assault
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Battle of the Bulge maps
Edelweiss: Expanded counters
Eastern Front maps
Road to Berlin counters

Hapless as the 6th and 7th SS proved in battle, neither counts as the worst German formation of the war. In early 1943 the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, hatched a plan to recruit a Croatian mountain division. Volunteers proved hard to come by, and the division was soon enrolling large numbers of Bosnian Muslims (deserters from the Croatian puppet state's army), ethnic Germans and the dregs of Balkan prisons. Ordered to the front to stop the Red Army, the smarter members of the division promptly deserted. The remnant was posted in front of the key Danube bridgehead at Apatin in southern Hungary, a spot Hitler himself ordered held as a launching pad for a future grand offensive that would destroy the Soviets.


The "Handschar" ("Sword") Division crumpled under the first Soviet attack. The Red Army swept over the Danube and continued their advance. Handschar remained in the German order of battle until the end of the war, but never again would be trusted alone with a key position.

Display Relevant AFV Rules

AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).
  • AFV's are activated by tank leaders (3.2, 3.3, 5.42, 6.8). They may also be activated as part of an initial activating stack, but if activated in this way would need a tank leader in order to carry out combat movement.
  • AFV's do not block Direct Fire (10.1).
  • Full-strength AFV's with "armor efficiency" may make two anti-tank (AT) fire attacks per turn (either in their action segment or during opportunity fire) if they have AT fire values of 0 or more (11.2).
  • Each unit with an AT fire value of 2 or more may fire at targets at a distance of between 100% and 150% of its printed AT range. It does so at half its AT fire value. (11.3)
  • Efficient and non-efficient AFV's may conduct two opportunity fires per turn if using direct fire (7.44, 7.64). Units with both Direct and AT Fire values may use either type of fire in the same turn as their opportunity fire, but not both (7.22, 13.0). Units which can take opportunity fire twice per turn do not have to target the same unit both times (13.0).
  • Demoralized AFV's are not required to flee from units that do not have AT fire values (14.3).
  • Place a Wreck marker when an AFV is eliminated in a bridge or town hex (16.3).
  • AFV's do not benefit from Entrenchments (16.42).
  • AFV's may Dig In (16.2).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables. Do not take step losses from Direct or Bombardment Fire. If X or #X result on Fire Table, make M morale check instead (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Provide the +1 modifier on the Assault Table when combined with infantry. (Modifier only applies to Germans in all scenarios; Soviet Guards in scenarios taking place after 1942; Polish, US and Commonwealth in scenarios taking place after 1943.) (ACC)
  • Tank: all are closed-top and provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable

Display Order of Battle

Germany Order of Battle
  • Motorized
  • Motorized
Soviet Union Order of Battle
  • Mechanized

Display Errata (3)

3 Errata Items
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All SS 75mm IG guns are direct fire weapons (black), not indirect (white).

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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Kommissars never get morale or combat modifiers. Ignore misprints.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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All Guards T-34/85 tanks should have AT fire values of 7-7.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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