As a result of the Soviet Operation Little Saturn, the Italian 8th Army had been smashed and only isolated strongspoints remained. The German 298th Infantry Division and disorganized Italian forces had been encircled at Arbuzovka. On 23 December, German and Italian forces repeatedly attempted to break through the concord which the 35th Guards Rifle Division had erected around them. - - - - In "The Valley of Death" sixteen Black-shirt squads with two German StuG III's as direct fire support try to break through an eight-squad strong Russian defense. Russian reinforcements in the form of a T-34 and 76mm artillery arrives halfway through this 5.5 turn scenario.
Attacker: Axis (Elements of Blackshirt Brigade,Pasubio Division and elements of Panzerjager-Kompanie 12)
Defender: Russian (Elements of 35th Guards Rifle Division)