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KHARKOV BATTLES: Before & After Fall Blau -- Wargame

KHARKOV BATTLES: Before & After Fall Blau -- Wargame
by Blanchett, Greg


Kharkov Battles uses the Fall Blau basic rules to cover the Second & Third Battles of Kharkov.

Stacking is 3 units per hex and combat out of a hex is restricted. Large units (mainly German divisions and Soviet corps) have Combat Ratings which pull a strength chit for combat. Typically only one unit with a strength chit may combat out of a hex along with all smaller units. Movement and Combat phases with Mobile Assaults for mechanized units during certain situations of movement. Combat keys off the defender's terrain and uses CRT column shifts for extras like air support, combined arms, fortifications, etc.

Combat results have some mandatory step losses, but the rest a player's choice on taking step loss or retreating. Advances after combat are along the Path of Retreat for non-mech units, but mech or cav units may deviate. Support Points are used to allow German supply to reach units for mechanized movement and attacks during turn. Support (for Axis attacks) is traced a number of hexes to a HQ and then a number of hexes to a road which leads to the source. Supply is just a general trace to a source.

Given the nature of the covered battles, this game has a shorter playtime and smaller space requirements making it an easier intro into the system used by Fall Blau. Included is a revised Terrain Effects Chart which should ease reference fatigue for either game.

An additional map is included which is made to mate with the Fall Blau maps, allowing players to combine the two games into one Grand Campaign to be played into March 1943. Also included are extra counters and reinforcement charts to allow for this possibility. There are four scenarios within the game: three independent and one which requires Fall Blau to play.

Independent Scenarios:

Second Kharkov (K)(Six Turns/Avg Time 90-120 min)- Soviet attack and German Operation Fridericus to reduce the Izyum Salient from 12-28 May 1942.
Third Kharkov (L)(Six Turns/Avg Time 90-120 min)- German drive to retake Kharkov in March 1943.
Operation Star Scenario (16 Turns/Avg Time 8 hrs)- Soviet drive for Kharkov and the Dnepr crossings from 2 February to 21 March 1943.

Fall Blau Scenarios:

January Campaign (J)(14 Turns/Avg Time 10 hrs)- Maps A & B - Soviet Little Saturn Operation has reached its high water mark and Popov's 5th Tank Army is about to launch attacks of its own. Wintergewitter has failed and Fourth PanzerArmee is conducting a fighting withdrawal - 26 December 1942 to 5 February 1943.

Product Information

Complexity: 5 out of 10
Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10
Time Scale: 1 turn = 3 days
Map Scale: 1 hex = 6.5 miles or about 10km
Unit Scale: Mostly Divisions, with Corps, Brigades and Battalions, as needed
Players: 2 and solitaire
Playing Time: Less than two hours for small scenarios and up to 80 hours for the extended Fall Blau campaign

1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box, available mid November 2021 ......$69.00 rct

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Updated as of 9/21/2023

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