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The Shortest Way ETO (id:#56893)
Critical Hit (ASL News Pack #1 ID:ASL News 21)
Prior Publication: ASL News #11: News21, At the Point #6: atp1
See Also: The Shortest Way by ASL News The Shortest Way by At the Point The Shortest Way by Critical Hit The Shortest Way by Critical Hit
Designer: Philippe Léonard
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After overrunning any Russian defenses in front of them, the 1st Panzer Division had taken Subzoff on October 11 and Staritza on the 12th. After reaching the Volga, it was discovered all the remaining bridges had been dropped into the water before any intervention could be organized. Gathering the remaining fuel and ammunition, Eckinger’s battalion was sent forward with armor support. Sharing the same roads with retreating and panic stricken Soviet troops, the German spearhead finally reached the outskirts of Kalinin, an industrial city, 90 miles to the northwest of Moscow. On October 14, the order was given to launch an attack and to take the road bridge across the Volga, 7 kilometers inside the city. The attack was slowed by the furious resistance of the Russians. The workers of the factories who had formed militia engage the Germans in heavy street fighting while Russian anti-tank guns and mortars inflicted increasing casualties to the attackers. Meanwhile, the few elements of the SPW battalion led by Eckinger, who was reputed for always using the shortest way, infiltrated the western suburbs and came suddenly in sight of the 250 meters long bridge. Without waiting, Eckinger struck forward only to hit a last obstacle: a canal.
Attacker: German (1st Company, Kradschützen Battalion 1 and Reinforced 3rd Company, I/Schutzen Regiment 113)
Defender: Russian (Moscow AA Defenses, Motor-cycle Cies, MG Squads and Kalinin Facrory Workers)  
Turns: 8     Players: 2     OBA: None     Night: No
Kalinin, USSR 1941-10-14
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:16.0 D:15.0
AFVs: A:11
PzKpfw IIIG x 5
PzKpfw IVE x 2
PzKpfw II(Fl) x 2
SPW 251/2 x 1
SPW 251/1 x 1

Guns: A:0 D:5
76.2mm P obr. 02/30 x 2
82mm BM obr. 37 x 2
37mm ZP obr. 39 x 1
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: Rooftops w D: FTV2
Map Board(s): 8 20 21 23
Overlays: NONE
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hoxson1 Set the designer field2017-08-07 18:43:04
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hoxson1 Modified the overview2016-12-19 19:18:35
hoxson1 Modified the misc. rules2016-12-19 19:17:13
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The Shortest Way
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[A] Russian 5
[D] German 2
Wednesday 29 January 2020 04:03:12 PM  (c)dramsey 2020