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A Very British Civil War
Note: this is clearly a “what-if” scenario, loosely based on the bustling miniatures war gaming off-shoot of the same name. Outstanding work has been done by Solway Crafts and Miniatures, and I credit them with the brilliance of this war gaming theme.
Background
England, May 1938 (designer note: note the in-game calendar notes “1944”; this is only to create the optics of lush green environment of the British Isles)
Weather: overcast, mild, dry
The very social fabric of Great Britain was torn during the apocalypse that was The Great War. The mightiest empire on the globe ended victorious, but at what cost? The rigid social hierarchy was shaken, and the world wide waves of social change did not stop at the English Channel. Class structure, worker’s rights, regional animosities have all brewed in the decades following the Great War. This has all been exacerbated by the crippling economic crisis of the 1930s, to which the ever cautious government responded to by constricting public spending ever more.
In May 1937, King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom married Wallis Simpson. The marriage to Wallis was not supported by Stanley Baldwin, the British Prime Minister; and King Edward refused to abdicate. This marriage left the British government, and most of the people, alienated; and public hatred for King Edward and Queen Wallis rose. Parliament was torn, and in the general election of 1937, Baldwin was defeated. The Conservative party, ripped by the issue of King Edward’s marriage, as well as economic and regional tensions, broke apart, and a large segment of the Tory support went to the British Union of Fascists. Oswald Mosley’s promise to ensure public order, and shore up the Empire, resonated with a public tired of public disturbances, strikes in essential services, and the economic malaise. The Labour party too split, with the more radical sections forming their own splinter parties which ran their own candidates. The 1937 election results saw a fractured parliament, and although only winning slightly over 200 seats, and less than 30% of the vote, the BUF formed the largest caucus in the House of Commons. King Edward VIII asked Oswald Mosely to form a government. Mosley did so and almost immediately issued “Orders of Council”, outlawing strikes, restricting collective bargaining, and establishing new offences for unauthorized public gatherings, and publishing “any article intended to alarm the public”. Any opposition was swiftly responded to, if not by the police, then by Mosely’s own BUF Blackshirts, the BUF’s paramilitary wing.
In January 1938, a protest by Dockyard workers in Liverpool was brutally crushed by the BUF and elements of the Regular Army; and violent clashes began across the country; between the Kings troops and those of several other factions. The British Civil War has begun!

Factions: The outbreak of conflict led several groups to attempt to seize the country or their own personal goals. Major factions included:
On the Right (Axis in this scenario
* The Edwardian Army – elements of the professional Army, bound to King Edward VIII.
* The Royal Navy and Royal Marines – bound by tradition and culture to remain loyal to the reigning monarch, and the majority have done so.
* The British Union of Fascists (or “BUF”) – the dominant political party, led by Oswald MOSLEY and heavily backed by German and Italian interests. Mosley has garnered considerable support in his efforts to restore order internally and restore the status of Britain’s Empire
* The Mosley Youth – a “social club” of young men, who have been drilled and armed by unknown sources, and have formed para-military units to push the BUF agenda.
* Foreign Volunteer Units: after the recruiting of numerous foreign elements to fight in the Spanish Civil War, similar detachments have been formed to back those with similar agendas in the British Civil War. Contingents from other fascist and imperialist sympathizers have been formed. Here we will see the presence of the “Hanoverian Legion”, volunteers from Germany, who are backing the Edwardian and BUF efforts
On the Left (Allied in this scenario)
* The Albertine Army – elements of the regular forces, plus most of the “Territorial Army”, backing the young Prince Albert’s claim to the throne.
* The Anglican League - A large army led by a group of bishops and archbishops, they were aligned with the Albertine Army. Many are veterans of the Great War.
* The People’s Party Army - Made up of disillusioned Labour party supporters, disgruntled workers and Spanish Civil War veterans, they are seeking to turn Britain into a Socialist state based upon Lenin's Russia.
* The Farmer’s Union: radical small plot farmers and farm working hands, seeking better pay, price subsidies, and land redistribution. They are heavily influenced by Marxist doctrine.
* The Student’s Union: like students before and after them, the university students have ramparts to thwart whomever they view as authoritarian,
* Foreign Volunteer Units: after the recruiting of numerous foreign elements to fight in the Spanish Civil War, similar detachments have been formed to back those with similar agendas in the British Civil War. Groups of Americans, Canadians, and ANZAC units have been formed; here we will see the Lafayette Battalion, formed of French volunteers, many fresh from the savage fighting in Spain.
This scenario occurs in the West Coast port town of Twaddlemore. Twaddlemore is the home base for a small Royal Navy destroyer flotilla, as well as being a mid-sized port for international commerce. Given that the United Kingdom lives or dies based on this freedom to trade overseas, the port is vital to all in this conflict. The Royal Navy, which for the most part has remained loyal to King Edward VIII, dispatched the flotilla two days ago to join the rest of the fleet, tasked with stemming the flow of foreign volunteers coming to fight for their faction of choice. Many of these foreigners have come directly from fighting for the Nationalists or the Republicans in Spain, who have endured two years of their own brutal Civil War already.
Yesterday the dock workers, who are heavily influenced by communist agents and are affiliated with the People’s Party, refused to move armaments stored in the dock warehouses. Instead, they armed themselves and fighting broke out when security staff sought to control the situation. Who opened fire first is both in dispute and a moot point at this juncture. A company of the Army’s Provost Corps was rushed to Twaddlemore by train, but a bomb was used to derail the trail just outside of town. Multiple factions are either in town currently or rumoured to be headed this way. The Telephone Exchange is the key to communicating with the rest of the country, and is clearly a goal to secure. Likewise, the docks and the armaments stored there in are also of immense value. Lastly, the mysterious new Wireless Tower being built on the south shore is of unknown value, as the work crews are from “away” and appear to be quite Teutonic in manner.
This battle will surely prove that the term “Civil War” is clearly a misnomer.
A historically fictional 'what if' look at the events leading up to the Deutsche Afrika Korps capture of Tobruk in June 1942.
SCENARIO DESCRIPTION
A meeting engagement played out in the wooded terrain of the Ardennes at the beginning of the Bulge. 60+ turns.

The Germans are trying to seize important territory: bridges, cross-roads, and towns to allow breakthrough armored thrusts. Central to this map is the village of L’Shone and its surrounding road network.

The Americans are trying to occupy the same terrain to prevent its use by the Germans.

Best played as: H2H
Second Best played as: H2H
(Not designed for vs. AI play due to mounted units)

Map edge friendly to Axis: East. Map edge friendly to Allies: West.

It is hard to believe that it was only a week ago when we first heard of “The Outbreak”. Initially it was thought to be a terrorist biological attack, with outbreaks in large cities overwhelming medical facilities. But soon it was apparent it was much more… the more we hear, the more we realize that we know very little – the cause – the prognosis – or the scale of this crisis. All remain unknown – at least to the general populace. What the “government” knows may be something else again.
You are Jack McCann, police chief in the small coastal tourist town of Shady Acres, Maine. Normally by this time of the year, your town is overrun with loud tourists from the cities of the East Coast. If only that were the case.
Four days ago a large staff of the Center for Disease Control showed up at the Town Hall, and brusquely informed the Mayor, Chuck Zeto, that the Federal Government was immediately taking control of “Shady Island”, a favourite picnic spot in the bay. This was all one-way communication, you don’t know much more other than soon thereafter a convoy of sealed trucks arrived and barbed wire was being strung across the access bridge to the island.
The National Guard has been mobilized, and your own police force has been placed under the command of the governor’s office.
And yet even now, you are not sure why. A strange illness has swept the globe, but what little news was initially released was like something from a bad movie. Now that trickle of news has stopped altogether. The official story is that a Chinese cyber attack has shut down the Internet, but this being Small Town America, there are a lot of conspiracy theories floating about.
The Mayor, Chuck Zeto, who also is the local bank manager, has asked that citizens assist in securing the town from whatever threats may arise. Given that the local National Rifle Association sponsored Chuck’s last campaign, their members were eager to show their affinity for the 2nd amendment and reaffirm their ownership of large capacity magazines and assault rifles. With some hesitation, you agreed to deputize these men, but have asked them to stay at home until they may actually be required. Their training and experience doesn’t necessarily match their enthusiasm.
You were at your office all night. You had a call from Doctor Jacobie at the hospital. Dr. Jacobie, a Vietnam war draft dodger who only returned from Canada in the 1990s, is determined to ignore what he considers a “fascist edict” that all patients in suspected cases of the “outbreak” be turned over to the C.D.C. immediately and quarantined on the Island. “It reminds me of the interment of the Japanese in 1942!” Jacobie ranted, and he said he would treat all patients as “patients, not criminals”. At that, you sent two teams of part time deputies to the hospital to deal with any issues that may arise.
The town is an important transportation hub, in that the coastal railway runs through the town. The Railway has deployed their own security at the train station, as if there is an epidemic, it is important to prevent those infected from traveling. Hopefully they have enough staff to do the job.
You remained in your office all night, and it seemed that things may be calming down, but then with a complete news black out, and the mute C.D.C. guards by the island Park, who knows? You did receive several calls from citizens overnight, reporting screams and other noises from the areas near cemeteries last night; typically the local teens will go there to drink and smoke up. Although you usually will send a Deputy to put the run on them, there are more important things to do now.
The sun is coming up, but a heavy thick fog has blankets the town. A convoy of C.D.C. relieve staff are expected in from Bangor any minute; hopefully they have some news. To allow your exhausted staff get some needed rest, two detachments of National Guard troops will be arriving, one is about 5 minutes away and a second convoy from the east in another 5 minutes after that. It will be good to get home and hit the sheets. You are so tired you feel like the walking dead.
Your phone rings. It is the security detail from the train station. Old man Codger, a elderly farmer who lives north east of town, has just shown up at the Rail station, out of breath and terrified. He is rambling about being attacked at his home, and that the only way he could escape is by setting the buildings on fire. You had better send a Deputy to go interview him. It sounds bizarre.
The phone rings again… it is Deputy Boomhauer at the hospital. He sounds quite distraught. Apparently the hospital was overwhelmed with patients overnight, and now he reports the motion detector alarms in the morgue have gone off.
At that second the switch board lights up, and several simultaneous “10-78” calls are received – “officer need assistance!”… What the?????”

This scenario is
1) Meant strictly for play against the AI. Although it one player wants to try playing the Axis/Zombies, please feel free.
2) The scenario is meant to be strictly for fun.
3) Watch you ammo loads. Shoot for the head. You only have the ammo you brought into the fight.
August 12,1944. France. SE of Argentan.
Married platoons of U.S. 5th Armored Division
night out-posts.
France, 1940 - Case Red.

Heavy Tanks of the 4th DCR must smash a hole in the advancing German line - but there are complications.
At Dornot, the U.S. Third Army's XX Corps' first attempt to establish a bridgehead on the Moselle River south of Metz met bloody failure. Two and a half miles south of Dornot the XX Corps' 10 Infantry Regiment is trying once more to establish a permanent bridgehead across the Moselle at Arnaville. Since the first U.S. troops crossed at Arnaville on the night of 8/9 September, the Germans have been launching increasingly vicious counterattacks in an effort to destroy the bridgehead and repeat what happened at Dornot.
This is an Aug 44 meeting engagement between Brit and German mech forces in Belgium. The map is based on a satellite photo of Neubruck just southeast of St. Vith.
Cassino town was destroyed by Allied Airforces on Wednesday, March 15th, along with the abby known as Monte Cassino. "The town was blown assunder and beaten into heaps of rubble, the official British history reported. Yet hundreds of bombs and thousands of shells failed to pound the town to powder, contrary to Allied expectations, nor were the surviving defenders 'rendered comatose', as planned." --The Day of Battle
Normandy - known for its rolling fields, orchards, stud farms and a good glass of cider. Sheltered from the elements which can pound the coastline this is a landscape is carpeted in apple blossom. It is here, at the heart of one of the best designated cider producing areas that you will find the Chateau les Bruyîres, an Empire period residence and 18th century manor house - run by the Wehrmacht. It is your task to put an end to this inappropriate ownership.
CMBB
The Axis launch a major attack on the Allied defenses.
Soviet vs. German Meeting Engagement. 60+ turns.
Best played as: H2H (Not recommended for vs. AI play due to mounted infantry.)

In recent weeks, this industrial center has been the scene of increasingly sharp clashes between recon units and regular forces. Both sides have traded jabs over this important airplane fabrication city. Both have moved into the town and then been forced out again. No one seems to be able to hold it. The landing gear assembly plant on the edge of town was occupied by the Red Army a few days ago and then burned and destroyed as the Wehrmacht forced them out. Much of the town lies untouched, but the workers and residents know it is just a matter of time before a major battle rages through the streets of their city…

After another bloody engagement, both sides have backed off. Again, in the still of a Sunday morning under the cover of a pounding rainstorm, both sides push forces forward to gain possession of the city.

No one is sure where the front lines lie. Is the enemy in front of you? Or is he gone?

Push forward, as so many before you have tried, and hold this town once and for all!
This is a CMBB scenario, modelling Plan Yellow in France in May 1940.
It is a "dynamic flag" scenario, on a large map that will provide many options in attack and defence.
July 1941, a german advance detachment, composed of motorized infantry with Stug support, attempts to cut off retreating russian forces.
Russians attack three German-held villages in an attempt to secure the flank of a future offensive.
July, 1944. Operation Bagration already going on since one month. The german north front runs danger to be cut off. Setting down of german troops in western direction
runs among constant attacks of soviet armoured shock forces...
43-02-01, South. SS commandos save Kleist's troops from encirclement. Fictional.
42-07-10, South. Axis forces in Group A cross the Donits to secure northern flank in the beggining of Fall Blau Operation. Semi-fictional.
October, 1942
In the northern Caucaus, along the Terek river line, the battle has been raging brutally for nearly two months. Germany's 13.Panzer-Division tasked with taking the key junction city of Vladikavkaz (Ordzhonikidze) has been stymied in it's every attempt to breakthrough.

But now, at the end of October a break has been achieved through the first mountain range and panzers are rolling along the valley near Ardon, on a back route to Vladikavkaz.

The Russians, somewhat disorganized, are withdrawing to new positions. A desperate stand is ordered to slow the German advance and buy time to set-up the new defensive positions.

Russian breakout from a Kessel against a German blocking force.
CMBO
German infantry dawn attack during the Battle of the Bulge. American infantry caught off-guard whilst lining up for chow.

VPs for casualties and German exit points only.
Before dawn on D-Day the British airbourne must destroy the gun batteries at Vierville.
Koen - A Town to conquer
*****************************************

a Couple of weeks ago the Allies have conquered one of the major towns in France.

Now the Germans broke through the American line of defense in the Ardennes and are advancing rapidly towards this town.

Can the Allied commander hold this town?
November 1944, the French 2nd Armored Division is tasked to breach the German fortified line of the Vosges mountains. This battle takes place on the second days of the attack. The different French Task forces are competing with each other in order to be the first to reach the plain of Alsace. The company team Minjonnet (part of the Task Force Massu) blocked close to Voyer in a narrow valley by German remnants of the 708. ID has to bypass quickly this resistance. The French can be sure that their old enemy is not about to ease their action !
An American WWII GI's dream come true- a "what if" American assault on Berlin AND a chance to personally bag the ol'Führer himself!
Arnhem Bridge battle. British airborne against armoured SS.
Updated Scenarios
CMAK
A Very British Civil War
Note: this is clearly a “what-if” scenario, loosely based on the bustling miniatures war gaming off-shoot of the same name. Outstanding work has been done by Solway Crafts and Miniatures, and I credit them with the brilliance of this war gaming theme.
Background
England, May 1938 (designer note: note the in-game calendar notes “1944”; this is only to create the optics of lush green environment of the British Isles)
Weather: overcast, mild, dry
The very social fabric of Great Britain was torn during the apocalypse that was The Great War. The mightiest empire on the globe ended victorious, but at what cost? The rigid social hierarchy was shaken, and the world wide waves of social change did not stop at the English Channel. Class structure, worker’s rights, regional animosities have all brewed in the decades following the Great War. This has all been exacerbated by the crippling economic crisis of the 1930s, to which the ever cautious government responded to by constricting public spending ever more.
In May 1937, King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom married Wallis Simpson. The marriage to Wallis was not supported by Stanley Baldwin, the British Prime Minister; and King Edward refused to abdicate. This marriage left the British government, and most of the people, alienated; and public hatred for King Edward and Queen Wallis rose. Parliament was torn, and in the general election of 1937, Baldwin was defeated. The Conservative party, ripped by the issue of King Edward’s marriage, as well as economic and regional tensions, broke apart, and a large segment of the Tory support went to the British Union of Fascists. Oswald Mosley’s promise to ensure public order, and shore up the Empire, resonated with a public tired of public disturbances, strikes in essential services, and the economic malaise. The Labour party too split, with the more radical sections forming their own splinter parties which ran their own candidates. The 1937 election results saw a fractured parliament, and although only winning slightly over 200 seats, and less than 30% of the vote, the BUF formed the largest caucus in the House of Commons. King Edward VIII asked Oswald Mosely to form a government. Mosley did so and almost immediately issued “Orders of Council”, outlawing strikes, restricting collective bargaining, and establishing new offences for unauthorized public gatherings, and publishing “any article intended to alarm the public”. Any opposition was swiftly responded to, if not by the police, then by Mosely’s own BUF Blackshirts, the BUF’s paramilitary wing.
In January 1938, a protest by Dockyard workers in Liverpool was brutally crushed by the BUF and elements of the Regular Army; and violent clashes began across the country; between the Kings troops and those of several other factions. The British Civil War has begun!

Factions: The outbreak of conflict led several groups to attempt to seize the country or their own personal goals. Major factions included:
On the Right (Axis in this scenario
* The Edwardian Army – elements of the professional Army, bound to King Edward VIII.
* The Royal Navy and Royal Marines – bound by tradition and culture to remain loyal to the reigning monarch, and the majority have done so.
* The British Union of Fascists (or “BUF”) – the dominant political party, led by Oswald MOSLEY and heavily backed by German and Italian interests. Mosley has garnered considerable support in his efforts to restore order internally and restore the status of Britain’s Empire
* The Mosley Youth – a “social club” of young men, who have been drilled and armed by unknown sources, and have formed para-military units to push the BUF agenda.
* Foreign Volunteer Units: after the recruiting of numerous foreign elements to fight in the Spanish Civil War, similar detachments have been formed to back those with similar agendas in the British Civil War. Contingents from other fascist and imperialist sympathizers have been formed. Here we will see the presence of the “Hanoverian Legion”, volunteers from Germany, who are backing the Edwardian and BUF efforts
On the Left (Allied in this scenario)
* The Albertine Army – elements of the regular forces, plus most of the “Territorial Army”, backing the young Prince Albert’s claim to the throne.
* The Anglican League - A large army led by a group of bishops and archbishops, they were aligned with the Albertine Army. Many are veterans of the Great War.
* The People’s Party Army - Made up of disillusioned Labour party supporters, disgruntled workers and Spanish Civil War veterans, they are seeking to turn Britain into a Socialist state based upon Lenin's Russia.
* The Farmer’s Union: radical small plot farmers and farm working hands, seeking better pay, price subsidies, and land redistribution. They are heavily influenced by Marxist doctrine.
* The Student’s Union: like students before and after them, the university students have ramparts to thwart whomever they view as authoritarian,
* Foreign Volunteer Units: after the recruiting of numerous foreign elements to fight in the Spanish Civil War, similar detachments have been formed to back those with similar agendas in the British Civil War. Groups of Americans, Canadians, and ANZAC units have been formed; here we will see the Lafayette Battalion, formed of French volunteers, many fresh from the savage fighting in Spain.
This scenario occurs in the West Coast port town of Twaddlemore. Twaddlemore is the home base for a small Royal Navy destroyer flotilla, as well as being a mid-sized port for international commerce. Given that the United Kingdom lives or dies based on this freedom to trade overseas, the port is vital to all in this conflict. The Royal Navy, which for the most part has remained loyal to King Edward VIII, dispatched the flotilla two days ago to join the rest of the fleet, tasked with stemming the flow of foreign volunteers coming to fight for their faction of choice. Many of these foreigners have come directly from fighting for the Nationalists or the Republicans in Spain, who have endured two years of their own brutal Civil War already.
Yesterday the dock workers, who are heavily influenced by communist agents and are affiliated with the People’s Party, refused to move armaments stored in the dock warehouses. Instead, they armed themselves and fighting broke out when security staff sought to control the situation. Who opened fire first is both in dispute and a moot point at this juncture. A company of the Army’s Provost Corps was rushed to Twaddlemore by train, but a bomb was used to derail the trail just outside of town. Multiple factions are either in town currently or rumoured to be headed this way. The Telephone Exchange is the key to communicating with the rest of the country, and is clearly a goal to secure. Likewise, the docks and the armaments stored there in are also of immense value. Lastly, the mysterious new Wireless Tower being built on the south shore is of unknown value, as the work crews are from “away” and appear to be quite Teutonic in manner.
This battle will surely prove that the term “Civil War” is clearly a misnomer.
A historically fictional 'what if' look at the events leading up to the Deutsche Afrika Korps capture of Tobruk in June 1942.
France, 1940 - Case Red.

Heavy Tanks of the 4th DCR must smash a hole in the advancing German line - but there are complications.
Axis and Allied forces clash for a town and large hill.
This is an Aug 44 meeting engagement between Brit and German mech forces in Belgium. The map is based on a satellite photo of Neubruck just southeast of St. Vith.
At Dornot, the U.S. Third Army's XX Corps' first attempt to establish a bridgehead on the Moselle River south of Metz met bloody failure. Two and a half miles south of Dornot the XX Corps' 10 Infantry Regiment is trying once more to establish a permanent bridgehead across the Moselle at Arnaville. Since the first U.S. troops crossed at Arnaville on the night of 8/9 September, the Germans have been launching increasingly vicious counterattacks in an effort to destroy the bridgehead and repeat what happened at Dornot.
Normandy - known for its rolling fields, orchards, stud farms and a good glass of cider. Sheltered from the elements which can pound the coastline this is a landscape is carpeted in apple blossom. It is here, at the heart of one of the best designated cider producing areas that you will find the Chateau les Bruyîres, an Empire period residence and 18th century manor house - run by the Wehrmacht. It is your task to put an end to this inappropriate ownership.
US Army invades an island defended by Italian Troops.

Map is 1200x1200.
Non-Historical.
20 Battles 10 Turns each.

Play HtH (Preferred), or Allied vs. Axis AI.
Allow AI to setup units, there is no pre-planned setup for the defender yet.
Two Reinforced Infantry Companies with Armor Support clash in this typical Meeting Engagement.
engineering company attacks dug in german positions somewhere near monte cassino to capture wine stash for captain hosehead
CMBB
Soviet vs. German Meeting Engagement. 60+ turns.
Best played as: H2H (Not recommended for vs. AI play due to mounted infantry.)

In recent weeks, this industrial center has been the scene of increasingly sharp clashes between recon units and regular forces. Both sides have traded jabs over this important airplane fabrication city. Both have moved into the town and then been forced out again. No one seems to be able to hold it. The landing gear assembly plant on the edge of town was occupied by the Red Army a few days ago and then burned and destroyed as the Wehrmacht forced them out. Much of the town lies untouched, but the workers and residents know it is just a matter of time before a major battle rages through the streets of their city…

After another bloody engagement, both sides have backed off. Again, in the still of a Sunday morning under the cover of a pounding rainstorm, both sides push forces forward to gain possession of the city.

No one is sure where the front lines lie. Is the enemy in front of you? Or is he gone?

Push forward, as so many before you have tried, and hold this town once and for all!
The Axis launch a major attack on the Allied defenses.
Russians attack three German-held villages in an attempt to secure the flank of a future offensive.
Russian breakout from a Kessel against a German blocking force.
43-02-01, South. SS commandos save Kleist's troops from encirclement. Fictional.
42-07-10, South. Axis forces in Group A cross the Donits to secure northern flank in the beggining of Fall Blau Operation. Semi-fictional.
October, 1942
In the northern Caucaus, along the Terek river line, the battle has been raging brutally for nearly two months. Germany's 13.Panzer-Division tasked with taking the key junction city of Vladikavkaz (Ordzhonikidze) has been stymied in it's every attempt to breakthrough.

But now, at the end of October a break has been achieved through the first mountain range and panzers are rolling along the valley near Ardon, on a back route to Vladikavkaz.

The Russians, somewhat disorganized, are withdrawing to new positions. A desperate stand is ordered to slow the German advance and buy time to set-up the new defensive positions.

a product of HDCS

3rd SS Totenkopf arrives back at the front after its Hiatus from the front in France and is immediately thrown back into action.

Follow the swift Donet's campaign the IInd SS panzer Korps stands poised for the final push too retake Kharkov and restore the pride of the Waffen SS, but they have too cross the Mzha river first.

Alternative History : Moskow Decision
This the first of a series of fictional scenarios based on the hipotetic decision by Hitler to attack Moskow instead of Kiev during the august 1941.
The german offensive to Moskow is starting, the first task is to take the bridge over the Dnjepr between Smolensk and Viazma.
Alternative History : Moskow Decision
This the first of a series of fictional scenarios based on the hipotetic decision by Hitler to attack Moskow instead of Kiev during the august 1941.
The german offensive to Moskow is starting, the first task is to take the bridge over the Dnjepr between Smolensk and Viazma.
CMBO
German infantry dawn attack during the Battle of the Bulge. American infantry caught off-guard whilst lining up for chow.

VPs for casualties and German exit points only.
An American WWII GI's dream come true- a "what if" American assault on Berlin AND a chance to personally bag the ol'Führer himself!
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a fictional Town in North Africa.
Fictional City in North Africa. Best played as a meeting
engagement.
Fictional City in North Africa. Best played as a meeting
engagement.
Version 2, church size and orientation adjusted to be in village center. Minor adjustments such as villages, small hills and ridges around the wheat fields.
Mixed terrain, woods, open fields, villages, church, river, bridges.
This is a huge (actually 5 x 4 km) map representing a piece of French countryside west of the town of Arras. It is flat (gentle slopes) and moderately populated with villages, forests, orchards and the like. It is suitable for a massive battle of regiment-sized forces (15,000 points or more).
Fictional Map, Crete, An almost compleatly dried up river bed with a ruined bridge across, 2 small hamlets on either side
The axis forces have captured the ridge east of Lieso. It´s been quiet over a month, so they have had enough time to dig deep in the ridge.

Allied forces are attacking with brutal force from east. Tuomari-Laurila has already been taken.
The axis forces are about to assault a little town called Lieso in aim to capture a road that leads through a ridge to deeper east. The allied forces are dug in somewhere around the old elementary school.
A small river splits a large map, with lots of roads and 6 bridges to control and a town also to control. This map is for meeting engagements and no side has a terrain advantage. Hopefully this will boil down to your choice of units and your game play.
CMBB
Beautiful and challenging map perfect for direct or flank approach. Fight in the woods, the streets, the buildings or inside a small factory! Great for infantery with some armor and artillerie support and IDEAL for a quick motorized assault in the middle of a foggy night.
This was a work in progress for the cancelled CM Campaigns. Maps are both operations and battles. Four maps included. One is large version (75% accurate scale) of the entire fortress of Brest Litovsk and immediate area. Others are 2 km x 2 km maps of the north and south portions of the fortress. You are welcome to use these maps as long as your credit "Bannon DC" for map creation.
1600x1600m, middle eastern front,
3 big victory locations in the middle of the map,
4 additional small flags,
medium settlement with surrounding rural areas,
some hills, woods and farmland,
a small river crossing from N to S,
prepared setup-zones for both sides,
therefor I call it battlefield-map.
Germans advance easily untill they find... A speed bump on the road to Leningrad
This Map is designed for Meeting engagements, it is set in a fictional City.
A medium town lying crosswisely to the advance direction. In and around the town gardens and fields, some bush and tree rows.
2 small rivers with some fords.
Only 1 large victory location.
Best used for meeting engagements.
Damaged large town/small city divided by a river. Contains several bridges, an old fortress, stadium, factories, railway station, and an old manor. Flags spread pretty evenly out on the map, made for a QB axis attack. IMPORTANT: ONLY FOR USE WITH UMLAUTS STALINGRAD MODS. You most use the scenario with these three mods found at www.cmmods.com:

FULL_telephonepole_umlaut
rubble_spray_umlaut
stalingrad_buildings_umlaut
Stalingrad-ish map made for Umlaut´s Stalingrad-mods.
29 2x2km maps. Various terrain; city, village, farmland, deep forests ...

They all quite beatuful ;)
I know it was UK and not USSR! but i didnt own CMAK when i made the level and i dont want to do everything over again so USSR must equal UK! its a fun level with the FJ troops in the greatest air invasion prior to D-Day.
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Post #289   3853 days, 17 hours, 38 minutes, 22 seconds ago           
This thread is all about Soviet tanks. What they had and when. What was made and when. Which units had which models at what time periods. Obviously I don't have this information on every single Soviet unit in the war. Whatever help you can give is greatly appreciated.

Keep in mind that a particular type of tank could be found in combat long after it had stopped being made. However, it is hard to get them into combat before they have been made. So take a look at the production tables and use those for your availability and access figures.

At some point specific dates when each vehicle entered production will be added to make the dates available more precise.

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Post #290   3853 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes, 26 seconds ago        
Soviet Tank Production

1940:

T-26 - 1549
BT-8 - 706
T-28 - 12
T-34 - 117
KV-1 - 141
KV-2 - 102


1941:

T-40 - 41
T-50 - 48
T-60 - 1818 ** entered production July 1941
T-34 - 3014
KV-1 - 1121
KV-2 - 232


1942:

T-40 - 181
T-50 - 15 ** production halted February 1942
T-60 - 4474 ** production halted September 1942
T-70 - 4883 ** production started March 1942
T-34 - 12553
KV-1 - 1753
KV-1S - 780
SU-76 - 26
SU-122 - 25


1943:

T-70 - 3343 ** production ended October 1943
T-34 - 15712
T-34/85 - 100
KV-1S - 452
KV-85 - 130
JS-1 - 102
SU-76 - 1928
SU-122 - 630
SU-85 - 750
SU-152 - 704
ISU-122/152 - 35


1944:

T-34 - 3723
T-34/85 - 11000
JS-2 - 2252
SU-76 - 7155
SU-122 - 493
SU-85 - 1300
SU-100 - 500
ISU-122/152 - 2510


1945:

T-34/85 - 18330
T-44 - 200
JS-2 - 1500
SU-76 - 3562
SU-100 - 1175
ISU-122/152 - 1530

Note: 1945 figures are just for the first six months of the year.

Main Sources:

"Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two" by Steven J. Zaloga and James Grandsen

"Red Army Handbook 1939-1945" by Steven J. Zaloga and Leland S. Ness

"Russian Tanks of World War Two: Stalin's Armored Might" by Tim Bean and Will Fowler





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Post #291   3853 days, 15 hours, 58 minutes, 55 seconds ago        
T-34's:

22 June 1941, Operation Barbarossa begins. The Germans invade the Soviet Union. The Soviets had produced 1225 T-34's. Of those, 967 had been delivered to combat units. The tanks were so new though that crews sometimes had only a few hours worth of training in them. They were so new that the ammunition for the tanks was not being produced in great enough quanity to keep them from being used low on ammo. Sometimes so low that they went into combat with NO AP AMMO, and only half their basic load...all of that being HE!

No wonder they had such a poor showing early on.

The T-34 was produced in several variations during the war.

T-34 Model 1940(T-34/76A) - September 1940 the first T-34 rolled off the production line. Cast or welded two man turret. L-11 gun.

T-34 Model 1941(T-34/76B) - September 1941 the first model 1941 was completed. This incorporated all the improvements over the orginal design and the lessons from combat. Cast or welded two man turret, superior F-34 gun.

T-34 Model 1942(T-34/76C) - This model was simplified for production. While the Model 1941 had 861 parts the new Model 1942 only had 614. Production time was cut in half. This model was much less standardized than those in the past and was determined by the production factory exactly what modifications were implemented. Production started December 1941. Known as "Mickey Mouse" to the Germans because of the twin round turret hatches when opened.

T-34 Model 1943(T-34/76D, E and F) - The biggest change to this model was the hexagonal turret. This did away with the turret overhang German infantry had found so convenient to destroy the tank with teller mines. Production started..... Production was halted April 1944.

T-34/57 - A few T-34's in 1941 through 1943 were fitted with a 57mm high velocity gun. These were used as tank hunters. The gun had a better penetration than the 76mm gun carried by most T-34's of the time but lacked the high explosive charge for use against unarmored targets.

OT-34 - The flamethrower version of the T-34. This version replaced the hull mounted MG with an internally mounted flamethrower. These were usually Model 1942 and Model 1943 versions of the T-34.

T-34/85 - This was the tank that gave the Soviet forces the ability to fight and beat the German armored forces on the battlefield in all situations. Production started December 1943 through February 1944. It was not available at Kursk as some claim.

T-34/85 Model 1943 - Produced from February and March 1944. Had a new larger 3 man cast turret.

T-34/85 Model 1944 - Main production model. Produced from March 1944 through December 1944. Used simpler ZiS-S-53 85mm gun. had the radio moved from the hull to the turret and had a new gunners sight.

T-34/85 Model 1945 - Produced from December 1944 through 1946. Introduced electric turret traverse and other lesser improvements.

OT-34/85 - The flamethrower version of the T-34/85. This was fitted with an internal flamethrower in place of the bow mounted machine gun.


Main Sources

"T-34 in Action" by Steven J. Zaloga and James Grandsen

"T-34/76 Medium Tank 1941-1945" by Steven J. Zaloga and Peter Sarson

"Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two" by Steven J. Zaloga and James Grandsen

"Red Army Handbook 1939-1945" by Steven J. Zaloga and Leland S. Ness

"Russian Tanks of World War Two: Stalin's Armored Might" by Tim Bean and Will Fowler

"Russian Armor: T-34" by Douglas Orgill

Internet Sites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-34_variants






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Post #292   3852 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes, 5 seconds ago        
British/Canadian/US Tanks in Soviet Service through Lend Lease

In total, Lend Lease amounted to about 20 per cent of the vehicles produced by the Soviet Union during the war. A total of 22,800 armored vehicles were sent. 1,981 were lost during transit.

The Lend Lease vehicles equate to 16 percent of Soviet tank production, 12 per cent of Soviet self propelled gun production and 100 per cent of Soviet armoured troop transport, because the Soviet Union did not manufacture armoured troop transports.

At a time when Britian was being pressed hard by the Germans in North Africa, they committed to supplying the Soviets with 14 per cent of their tank production capacity.

During the Cold War, it was fashionable for the Soviets to down play the Lend Lease contribution. The reason given being that the tanks were of lesser quality than the T-34.

The M3A1 was the equal to, if not superior to, the T-60 and T-70. While the M4A2 Sherman was more reliable and durable than the T-34. During the Korean War, when the Sherman was pitted against the T-34 in great numbers, it was the Sherman that showed it had the ability to win these tank duels. Obviously, the Sherman couldn't have been considered too inferior to the T-34.

The United States supplied 501,660 wheeled and tracked vehicles of all types. These included 77,972 jeeps, 151,053 one ton trucks, 200,662 two ton trucks. These wheeled vehicles allowed the Soviet Armies the mobility to fight on equal terms with the Germans. To develop their own deep threat capabilities and to win the war in the east.

There were in fact, so many vehicles in the Red Army with the letters USA on them, that, it was thought to mean, "Kill that son of a whore Adolf".

Whether, or not, the tanks supplied by the United States, Great Britian and Canada were war winning models matters little. The real facts are, that these tanks allowed the Soviets to concentrate whichever tanks they wanted in their major offensives, while still allowing for tank support in other lesser important areas. They did not have to denude entire sectors of the front to gain the superiority they needed to breakthrough.

Another consideration is when these tanks were arriving, and where. The first shipment arrived in the Soviet Union in 1941. These shipments amounted to 487 Matildas, Valentines and Tetrarchs from the UK and 182 M3A1 light tanks and M3 medium tanks from the US. These went into combat in the Army Group North area of operations. They were a force of over 600 tanks that the Soviets had to use in the defense of Leningrad that otherwise would probably not been available from Soviet resources. Or maybe they would have been and the Soviets might not have been able to build up their reserves for Winter counterattack.

Again, later the Lend Lease tanks were sent through Iraq and came into the Soviet Union in 1942 in the Caucasus. Just as the Germans were driving to capture the Soviet oilfields. The reports of fighting in the Caucasus are full of mention of UK/US tanks encountered and used.

So, you be the judge of how effective they were or weren't. In CM terms they are an absolute possibility in any scenario from July 1941 through the end of the war for some models.

There were entire units in the Red Army equipped with Lend Lease tanks. Especially Shermans.

The make up of the Soviet armored forces in 1943 is of interest. Tank Brigades made up soley of Soviet tanks was 61-68 per cent. Mixed Brigades, made up of Soviet models and Lend Lease armor was 19-22 per cent. Tank Brigades made up soley of Lend Lease armor was 10-17 per cent. As you can see as much as 39 per cent of the Tank Brigades in the Red Army in 1943 had some form of Lend Lease armor in them. That is not a trivial amount.

So, during the fighting between July 1941 and mid 1943 in the Army Groups North and South sectors Lend Lease armor of all types is easily found in numbers large enough to be noticed.

Main Sources:

"Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two" by Steven J. Zaloga and James Grandsen

"Red Army Handbook 1939-1945" by Steven J. Zaloga and Leland S. Ness

"Russian Tanks of World War Two: Stalin's Armored Might" by Tim Bean and Will Fowler

"Russian Armor: T-34" by Douglas Orgill

"Brute Strength: Allied Strategy and Tactics in the Second World War" by John Ellis




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Post #293   3852 days, 20 hours, 49 minutes, 45 seconds ago        
UK Lend Lease Armor

The Valentine Infantry Tank was the most common type of tank shipped to the Soviet Union by England and Canada. There were 2,394 British and 1,388 Canadian versions sent. This was virtually the entire Canadian production and 29 per cent of Britians production of the vehicle.

The Valentine was well recieved by the Soviets . So much so, that when the British offered to send the Cromwell in place of the Valentine the Soviets refused and the British continued to produce the Valentine to meet Soviet demand for the tank.

The Valentines were often used in recon units in the Red Army.

A total of 3,782 were sent. Most models were sent including some bridgelaying tanks.

The Matilda Infantry Tank was the second most common type sent to the Soviets by the British. The Matilda was not a well liked tank because of it's slow speed, small gun and it's tendency to break down in the mud and snow.

A total of 1,084 were sent to the Soviet Union.


The Churchill Infantry Tank was at times the only heavy tank availalbe in some sectors of the eastern front. The Soviets liked the heavy armour of the tank but didn't understand that it would be so lightly armed. All Churchills sent to the Soviets were armed with the 6pdr gun.

The Soviets were not impressed overall with the tanks combat performance and none were provided after 1942. A total of 301 were supplied.

The Tetrarch Airborne Tank while photographed frequently they were not a major contribution to the Lend Lease effort. Only 20 were sent to the Red Army.

Universal Carriers better known as Bren Carriers in the west. These were used in recon, liason and troop transport duties. Not as well liked as the US HT's because of mobility and armour performance. A total of 2,656 were sent to the Soviet Union.

This covers the entire inventory of equipment recieved from the UK and Canada.

Main Sources:

"Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two" by Steven J. Zaloga and James Grandsen

"Red Army Handbook 1939-1945" by Steven J. Zaloga and Leland S. Ness

"Russian Tanks of World War Two: Stalin's Armored Might" by Tim Bean and Will Fowler

"British and American Tanks of World War II: The complete illustrated hisorty of British, American and Commonwealth tanks, 1939-1045" by Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis

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Post #294   3852 days, 19 hours, 38 minutes, 37 seconds ago        
US Lend Lease Armor

M3A1 Stuart light tank. This tank was well received by the Soviets. It performed well and was the equal or superior to both the T-60 and T-70 models of tanks the Soviets were producing.

Nearly all models sent to the Soviets were the diesel engine model.

This was the first US tank sent to the Soviets and it was actually sent from Great Britian around July 1941.

A total of 1,676 M3A1's were sent.

M3 Lee medium tank. The Soviets did not like the M3. Their nickname for the tank was, "A Grave for Seven Brothers."

A total of 1,386 of the M3A1 and M3A5 models were sent.

M4A2 Sherman medium tank. This was the favorite tank by the Soviets received in the Lend Lease program.

8,053 M4A2's armed with the 75mm gun and another 3,230 M4A2's armed with the 76mm gun were sent. All of these models had the diesel engine in them.

M2,M3,M5, M9, M15A1 and M17 halftracks were supplied to the Red Army.
The cargo versions were mainly used to transport guns and not troops.

The most popular fighting halftracks were the M17 with the quad 50 cal. AAA arrangement in the back and the M14A1 with a 37mm and 50 cal. arrangement. The Red Army had no self propelled AA vehicles of it's own.

M3A1 White Scout Car was a welcome addition to Red Army mobile recon units. They were used to supplement the BA-64. A total of 3,340 of these were sent.

Main Sources:

"Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two" by Steven J. Zaloga and James Grandsen

"Red Army Handbook 1939-1945" by Steven J. Zaloga and Leland S. Ness

"Russian Tanks of World War Two: Stalin's Armored Might" by Tim Bean and Will Fowler

"British and American Tanks of World War II: The complete illustrated hisorty of British, American and Commonwealth tanks, 1939-1045" by Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis
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Post #295   3849 days, 4 hours, 56 minutes, 13 seconds ago        
Since most of the ten thousands of tanks in the soviet arsenal in 1941 were made BEFORE 1940/41, I think we should add these too! I have some figures handy, but if you´re already digging...;)

Speaking of of the various BT (2,5,7), T-26 and other models (T37 amphivb..).

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Post #297   3847 days, 4 hours, 49 minutes, 35 seconds ago        
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Originally posted by: rockinharry:
Since most of the ten thousands of tanks in the soviet arsenal in 1941 were made BEFORE 1940/41, I think we should add these too! I have some figures handy, but if you´re already digging...;)

Speaking of of the various BT (2,5,7), T-26 and other models (T37 amphivb..).

All are available in CMBB



Whatever you have time to add I won't have to.

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Post #305   3808 days, 17 hours, 44 minutes, 45 seconds ago        
The Lend Lease armor was used in tank brigades specific to type if they could be. As all armored vehicles in all units in all armies of the world were.

The M4A2 equipped three Guards Mechanized Corps and one Guards Tank Corps by the end of the war.

The Soviet Union's nickname for the M4 medium tank was Emcha because the open-topped figure 4 resembled the Cyrillic letter Ч (pronounced "cha").

During 1942, two of the first twelve tank corps, were equipped with Matilda IIs in place of T-34's. The M3 Grant/Lee, M3A1 Stuart, Valentine MkIII and Matilda tanks equipped a large portion of the independant tank brigades formed that year.

The Valentine Mk VIII and Mk IX were the only light tanks used by the Red Army after the end of 1943.


An example was the 38th Tank Brigade which in 1942 had 30 Matilda II tanks, and 16 T-60 light tanks.

In early 1945 the 1st Guards Mechanized Corps were equipped with Shermans in all of its tank units.

Main Sources:

Soviet Armor Tactics in World War II: Red Army Armor Tactics from Individual Vehicle to Company from the Combat Regulations of 1944 by Charles C. Sharp

http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=5275

http://www.answers.com/topic/lend-lease-sherman-tanks


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