The third volume in the Battle Maps Memoir' 44 series contains 2 Overlord scenarios, 2 standard scenarios, summary maps of the previous Battle Maps and the Mediterranean Theatre and, for the very first time, new maps that can be used during the game: the Combat maps specially designed for urban combat.
At the end of August 1942, German troops reached the Volga River, north of Stalingrad. The 4th Panzerarmee needed only a few days to reach the river south of the city, isolating the men and women of the 62nd Soviet Army. Stalin's order of 27 July, "Not a step back", was self-evident, and Stalingrad's defenders quickly understood that his slogan "there is nothing behind the Volga" described the harsh reality they would have to face.
Lieutenant-General Chouikov had seen with his own eyes the terrible effectiveness of the German Blitzkrieg in the Russian steppes. He knew how to turn the situation to his advantage: the bomb carpets dropped on the city had turned it into a field of ruins where it was easy to install defensive lines overlooking the strategic streets and squares of Stalingrad. The Soviets had to fight as close as possible to the enemy, even at a house or gate from a distance, making it impossible for the Germans to use artillery strikes or bombardments.
By October 1942, Stalingrad had become a symbol by name. For Stalin and Hitler, it was now more a question of prestige than a truly strategic issue. The entire eastern campaign was focused on this point. In mid-October, the Luftwaffe intensified its strikes against Red Army units holding the western bank of the Volga River. More than 2,000 air sorties were carried out, and 600 tons of bombs were dropped by the Stukas on the city.
As a result, three infantry divisions and two armoured divisions supported by battalions of engineer soldiers surrounded the three factories in the north of the city. Their attack was aimed at the centre of the Soviet front line. The 14th Armoured Division made a breakthrough, isolating almost the entire tractor factory: the violence of this attack cut the 62nd Soviet Army in two. General von Paulus knew that the capture of the tractor factory would lead to the collapse of the Russians' right flank. He engaged fresh troops in the battle to finish off the Soviet defenders entrenched in the buildings.
Two standard scenarios are provided in addition to these two Overlord scenarios: Mamayev Kurgan and Pavlov, Hero of the Soviet Union. In addition, you will also find the unpublished summary maps (those of the Mediterranean Theatre and the Battle Maps), as well as a corrected edition of the Infiltration map.
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|Primary title||Memoir '44: The Battle Map - Volume 3 - Sword of Stalingrad|
|Release Date||October 2009|
|Size||12.32 x 10.91 x 0.98 inches|
|Publishers||Days Of Wonder|
|Type of public||Amateur|
|Expansion for||2004 - Mémoire 44