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Back to Memel
Iron Wolves #6
(Attacker) Lithuania vs Germany (Defender)
Formations Involved
Germany 206th Infantry Division
Lithuania 1st Infantry Division
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Balance:



Overall balance chart for IrWo006
Total
Side 1 1
Draw 0
Side 2 0
Overall Rating, 1 vote
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Scenario Rank: --- of 588
Parent Game Iron Wolves
Historicity Alt-History
Date 1939-09-01
Start Time 06:00
Turn Count 24
Visibility Day
Counters 88
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 1
Maps 4: 15, 19, 3, 7
Layout Dimensions 86 x 56 cm
34 x 22 in
Play Bounty 164
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
River Crossing
Urban Assault
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Eastern Front maps + counters
Iron Wolves counters
Road to Berlin maps
Introduction

Polish arrogance between the wars cost them a number of potential alliances, chiefly with Czechoslovakia. Returning Vilnius to Lithuania would have cleared the way to restore the close association dating back over four centuries as seen as recently as the Polish-Soviet War, when Lithuanian soldiers fought for Poland well after Lithuania made peace with the Soviet Union. Just as the Poles tried to divert the Germans by invading East Prussia, so the Lithuanians faced an inviting target in the recently-lost Klaipeda/Memel.

Conclusion

The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was at one time the largest nation in Europe, but in 1939 the two culturally-related states had become bitter enemies. A diversionary attack would have done little to alter the strategic situation even if successful, but Lithuania would have had a chance to strike a blow against Nazism and perhaps awaken the Western Allies to the fact that a shooting war was under way.


Display Order of Battle

Germany Order of Battle
Heer
Lithuania Order of Battle
Army
  • Towed

Display Errata (2)

2 Errata Items
Overall balance chart for 20

The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
Overall balance chart for 54

The movement allowance on the counters in Airborne is misprinted. It should be "3."

(rerathbun on 2012 Jan 30)

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Turnabout
Author Matt W
Method Solo
Victor Lithuania
Play Date 2012-10-05
Language English
Scenario IrWo006

In scenario 1 the Germans get to cross a river and destroy the Lithuanians. Quite frankly, this scenario is a mirror image of that. Here the Germans, who are terribly undermanned are charged with defending a river line and the Lithuanians must cross and do battle with them. In my play the crossing was accomplished quickly and the Germans were holed up in the towns. Unlike in scenario 1 it was not artillery but rather direct fire that dislodged the German defenders of the bridges leading to the Lithuanian victory.

By the end of the scenario, the Lithuanians had completely mastered the eastern boards and had brought their entire force to bear on the western boards, completely destroying the German forces. The use of engineers in the assaults, rather than losing them in river crossings made a substantial difference.

I felt a certain degree of deja vu, however in comparing it back to scenario 1. I guess turnabout really is fair play. I give it a "3" as it is somewhat repetative, yet you still get to play with those lime green Lithuanians!

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