Clearing the Valley
Panzer Lion #5
|(Defender) Germany||vs||Soviet Union (Attacker)|
|Germany||24th Panzer Division|
|Germany||Grossdeutschland Panzer Regiment|
|Soviet Union||107th Tank Brigade|
|Soviet Union||1140th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment|
|Soviet Union||16th Tank Corps|
|Overall Rating, 1 vote|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 586|
|Parent Game||Panzer Lion|
|Maps||3: 1, 15, 5|
|Layout Dimensions||84 x 43 cm
33 x 17 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Eastern Front||maps + counters|
|Road to Berlin||maps + counters|
The Germans needed to stop the advancing Soviet armor before Facuti fell. Already, Soviet mobile elements had worked their way past the besieged village and were moving southward. The Vaalea-Olior valley was one of the few areas of the battlefield that favorable for mobile actions, and the Germans planned to exploit that advantage.
Kampfgruppe E pushed aggressively westward against the exploiting armor while some panzers from Grossdeutschland advanced eastward to meet them. Though the forces were evenly-matched, events to the north seemed to rattle the Russian commander. Shortly his tanks were joining the retreat northward.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|4 Errata Items|
Two 105mms (ID#s 1204, 1205) have "16-31" fire values in black (direct fire), when they should be in white (indirect fire).
The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".
All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.
|A Short, Sharp Puzzle|
When I first looked at the scenario, I thought the Soviets could make a quick dash and exit enough steps to earn at least a minor victory. So I decided to experiment and restarted the game 5 times before I played it to completion.
This is a fun puzzle that can end very quickly (3 or 4 turns), especially if the Germans are not careful. I think the key is the German trucks and that's what makes this scenario rather unique.
In my last game, the Germans won a narrow victory as their late arriving panthers were able to gun down just enough T-34s before they exited.
This is my most satisfying solo effort to date. However, I only rate it a "4" as they were a few false starts.
I believe this one plays best solo or via PBEM.