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Steppe and Sky
Eastern Front #46
(Defender) Romania vs Soviet Union (Attacker)
Formations Involved
Romania 1st Mountain Brigade
Soviet Union 15th Tank Division
Soviet Union 164th Rifle Division

Overall balance chart for EFDx046
Side 1 5
Draw 0
Side 2 1
Overall Rating, 6 votes
Scenario Rank: 350 of 609
Parent Game Eastern Front
Historicity Historical
Date 1941-07-17
Start Time 17:00
Turn Count 30
Visibility Day
Counters 73
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 1
Maps 2: 5, 7
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 72
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 6
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
Kill Them All
Rural Assault
Off-board Artillery
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Eastern Front maps + counters

With the Dnestr successfully forced, the Romanian Mountain and Cavalry Corps moved forward into the alien lands of Ukraine. Hours after the crossing, the Soviet 18th Army responded with a badly-coordinated attempt to drive the Romanians back into the river, detaching tanks from one division to support infantry from another.


The Romanians beat back the first attack, but when reinforcements arrived the Soviets made a dent in the Romanian lines and threatened to collapse the bridgehead. The vanatori del munte stabilized the line and drove back the attackers, but at severe cost to themselves.

Display Relevant AFV Rules

AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).
  • AFV's are activated by tank leaders (3.2, 3.3, 5.42, 6.8). They may also be activated as part of an initial activating stack, but if activated in this way would need a tank leader in order to carry out combat movement.
  • AFV's do not block Direct Fire (10.1).
  • Full-strength AFV's with "armor efficiency" may make two anti-tank (AT) fire attacks per turn (either in their action segment or during opportunity fire) if they have AT fire values of 0 or more (11.2).
  • Each unit with an AT fire value of 2 or more may fire at targets at a distance of between 100% and 150% of its printed AT range. It does so at half its AT fire value. (11.3)
  • Efficient and non-efficient AFV's may conduct two opportunity fires per turn if using direct fire (7.44, 7.64). Units with both Direct and AT Fire values may use either type of fire in the same turn as their opportunity fire, but not both (7.22, 13.0). Units which can take opportunity fire twice per turn do not have to target the same unit both times (13.0).
  • Demoralized AFV's are not required to flee from units that do not have AT fire values (14.3).
  • Place a Wreck marker when an AFV is eliminated in a bridge or town hex (16.3).
  • AFV's do not benefit from Entrenchments (16.42).
  • AFV's may Dig In (16.2).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables. Do not take step losses from Direct or Bombardment Fire. If X or #X result on Fire Table, make M morale check instead (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Provide the +1 modifier on the Assault Table when combined with infantry. (Modifier only applies to Germans in all scenarios; Soviet Guards in scenarios taking place after 1942; Polish, US and Commonwealth in scenarios taking place after 1943.) (ACC)
  • Tank: all are closed-top and provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable

Display Order of Battle

Romania Order of Battle
  • Towed
Soviet Union Order of Battle
Army (RKKA)
  • Mechanized

Display Errata (2)

2 Errata Items
Scen 46

This scenario has river crossing numbers and a major river, but no engineers! (see Rule 5.7: major rivers can only be crossed at bridges or with engineer assistance). Let all units attempt to cross as if an engineer were there (boats, fords, pre-planned wading attempts, etc.) using the crossing numbers as if an engineer were present.

(Shad on 2010 Apr 29)
Overall balance chart for 951

The reduced direct fire value in Kursk: Burning Tigers is 4-4.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)

Display AARs (1)

Vanatori de Munte unflappable till the end
Author Brett Nicholson
Method Solo
Victor Romania
Play Date 2014-07-03
Language English
Scenario EFDx046

Soviet morale for this attack was bad enough at 7/6 but to make matters worse the 164th Rifle Division ended up with some of the worst leadership available from the lot. Only one of eight of the Soviet leaders had a morale modifier, a 7-0-1 LT, and even that low-moraled leader would not be available until Soviet reinforcemants arrived at 19:30/turn 11. The elements of the Romanian 1st Mountain Division set up two separate defensive lines; one dug-in central, on and around the east-west road supported with 45mm AT guns and the other a little further south behind the minor river with some mortar and field gun support around the one wooded hex there; both positions have HMG units positioned to catch any units in a crossfire that try to outflank them. All Romanian units are deployed on board 5 as there is no use for board 7 other than space to flee back into for demoralized units. The Soviets are tasked with removing all Romanian units from board 5 and to eliminate 10 enemy steps in the process; The Romanians just need to hold fast and eliminate 16 Soviet steps.

The battle begins during the afternoon with full visibility and most of the first wave of Soviets entering from the east advance no further than the hill just south of the road; just in range for their HMGs to make DF contact while most other units dig-in there to wait for reinforcements and decreased visibilty to follow before seriously considering making any assaults. A few stray platoons of INF are sent north through the fields as a diversion. This wasn't the most bold plan and it would of been far safer to try to hide most of these units in and around the fields or other limiting terrain but that also would of made for a very boring ten turns. Soviet indirect fire support is somewhat laughable with just 1x12 OBA available and just one 82mm to start; against dug-in defenders with higher morale at 8/7 coupled with plenty of leaders with morale modifiers fire support when used were usually wasted activations. The Romanians on the other hand do have decent fire support OBA at 3x10 along with 2x81mms and a 75mm FG so by the time reinforcements do arrive the Soviets are down 5 steps already with no Romanian losses.

Only as visibility began to decrease did the Soviets seriously attempt to press the attack and predictably even the slightest M result on either fire table crippled the morale of both units and leaders alike. Only the dug-in units on the hill managed to stay in relatively good order while both of the flanking attacks were halted. The Soviets did manage to get some T-26s and some foot units across the minor river on the south flank but afterwards only the tanks were able to stay in good order. Only once night fell and visibilty decreased to 2 hexes were any assaults made on the Romanian lines, all the while Soviet casualties continued to mount. It seemed futile to continue the attack as it was like charging through quicksand just for the Soviets to make contact without becoming disrupted or demoralized. However, by 21:45/turn 20 the north flank of the central defenses began to waver and the first dug-in postion finally fell with some units actually falling back. Soon enough the east-west road was cleared along with one of the 47mms and even the frontal HMG post was reduced and on the verge of collapse. That was fine for the northern attack but every attempt on south flank, across the minor river, failed miserably. The Soviets could not win this battle with half-measures but poor leadership and morale prevented them from doing anything more than just that. With time about to run out it did seem possible for the Soviets to walk away with a draw as the Romanians had not yet eliminated enough steps for their VCS. However that was quickly remedied by sending out a lone leader as a forward observer that found a triple stack of demoralized units to call OBA down on. Some nearby T-26s tried their best to stop this upstart Locotenent to no avail and indirect fire from Soviet OBA or 82mms had no effect either. Right at midnight/turn 29 a blast of Romanian artillery fire was able to push Soviet losses up to the required 16 steps for the win.

From the beginning I balked at the Soviet VCs; it was a lot to ask to clear an entire board of dug-in defenders with higher morale and firepower. However I did make the most out of trying to at least make a decent breach in the lines and achieve some minor goals. For all the efforts made the Soviets did at least manage to clear the east-west road of Romanian units though it was not a victory requirement. And, if I had actually played for a draw from the start then likely could of got that result at least by making the Romanians leave their dug-outs and going on the offensive to meet their VCs but that probably wouldn't of been as enjoyable. The only other option would of been to attack at close quarters right away without waiting for reinforcements or visibilty to decrease with the night turns; intitial Soviets casualties may of been higher but enough of them may have made it through to assault the dug-outs right away. Instead, by delaying what had to be done, the Soviets were left with a lot of stranded, leaderless and poor ordered troops lying around; unwilling or incapable of rallying and easy targets for Romanian artillery. I will not venture to say that this is unwinnable for the Soviets as someone has pulled it off before, just that I didn't have it in me with this go. However, it was a good enough play and was satisfied enough that some of the Romanian postions did give way in time so I'll rate this one a standard "3" and worth another shot. And since a draw is highly probable it would be unfair to say that this one is too unbalanced; it did take 29/30 turns for Romania to win.

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