During the summer of 1941, the forces of German Army Group North appeared to be advancing irresistibly toward Leningrad, the second largest city in the Soviet Union, and the birthplace of the Communist revolution. But Leningrad was a long way from the German border, and the closer the Germans got to it, the more difficulties they encountered with terrain, their own lengthening supply lines, and stiffening Soviet resistance.
In mid-July, approximately 100 miles south of Leningrad at Soltsy, a surprisingly strong Soviet force of about six divisions struck the German armored spearhead and pushed it back. The 8th Panzer Division did not suffer the catastrophic losses claimed by the Soviet, but attack did cause the Germans in this sector to halt for three crucial weeks before resuming their drive on Leningrad.
In August the Soviets launched another counteroffensive, this time with ten divisions, against the German flank south of Staraya Russia. Just as the German offensive against Leningrad renewed, the Germans diverted critical motorized reserves to deal with the threat, winning a strategically barren victory far from their true objective. When the Germans did reach Leningrad, they lacked the strength to break into the city itself.
The battles of Soltsy and Staraya Russia may well have saved Leningrad.
· 22 x 34 inch map sheet (19mm hexes - double sided)
· 3 sheets of 5/8" counters
· Rules book, Play Book, set-up cards, and player aid cards
TIME SCALE 12 hours per turn
MAP SCALE 1.2 miles per hex
UNIT SCALE Battalions and Companies
DESIGNERS Vance von Borries
DEVELOPER Tony Curtis
MAP & COUNTER ART Mark Simonitch