Soviet surprise attack catches NATO off guard

FRANKFURT--Soviet-led armored Warsaw Pact columns have advanced across the West German border in a broad assault from Hamburg in the north to the American-held Fulda gap just east of Frankfurt.

The surprise attack was preceeded by a massive air battle, as wave after wave of Warsaw Pact Mig-21 fought for control of the skies over northern and central Germany.

In the town of Fulda, a small border hamlet guarded by the American 11th Armord Cavalry Regiment, the Soviet 8th Guards Army has established a bridge head over the Fulda River and solidified it's left flank with a followup attack on the West German 12th Division.

To the north, the Soviet 3rd Shock Army has pushed the West German defenders from Braunschweig and have siezed the Hanover-Gottingen road.

The 6th West German division reports a smaller Soviet attack towards Hamburg. That city has held against the initial thrust.

And deep in East Germany, the NATO-held sectors of Berlin are reported holding fast against several Warsaw Pact attacks.


The Soviet spearhead into Fulda:

The relatively quiet North German Plains:

The Soviets did not contest the air over Italy and Denmark; the price for controling the skies over most of Germany, though, was heavy.

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Comment by Mark Herman on April 19, 2008 at 8:06am
Nice to see this one taken out for a ride. I agree that the Surprise attack scenario is both an advantage and a disadvantage for the Warsaw Pact. You do get the weakest Nato configuration, but you also do not get the benefit of an initial massed attack. It is important that the Warsaw Pact try and get some paratroopers or other forces onto the Reforger sites to prevent Nato from recovering.

Comment by Justin Rice on March 8, 2008 at 1:25pm
We play on Wednesday nights .... so more for you next Thursday A.M.!
Comment by Dan Stueber on March 7, 2008 at 9:57pm
This is my all time favorite game. Keep up the AAR's.
Comment by John Rainey on March 7, 2008 at 8:32am
I've always loved this game, bought it when it first came out in 78/79. I've signed up to play it at this years Expo. Space considerations mean that I can only play it using CyberBoard. Thanks for the pictures and the replay. Keep it up.....
Comment by Don Lazov on March 6, 2008 at 9:13pm
I've updated the rules with the SPI errata a few years back. FWIW
Comment by Lembit Tohver on March 6, 2008 at 8:59pm
Definitely brings back memories for me from the late 70's.
Comment by Kim Meints on March 6, 2008 at 8:50pm
Looking forward to the rest of your game. Been awhile since someone posted one for this ol' gal
Comment by Justin Rice on March 6, 2008 at 6:30pm
Triumph? I don't know about that .... we went with a Soviet Surprise Attack - I tihnk that was a mistake.

The first turn attack is largely wasted moving front-line divisions into place.
Comment by Andy Brown on March 6, 2008 at 6:19pm
Comrades - the superior forces of Communism will triumph over the midguided forces of imperialism.... Just kidding... Great stuff. Useful for other folks to see games in action like this...
Comment by John Kranz on March 6, 2008 at 2:09pm
I'll have to post a reference to this blog entry on the Expo web site as I know we had a few folks sign up for this game. Love these game replays with photos!!

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