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Children of Vienna
Road to Berlin #42
(Attacker) Germany vs Soviet Union (Defender)
Formations Involved
Germany 44th "Hoch und Deutschmeister Reichsgrenadier" Infantry Division
Soviet Union 36th Guards Rifle Division
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Balance:



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Side 1 0
Draw 0
Side 2 1
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Scenario Rank: --- of 579
Parent Game Road to Berlin
Historicity Historical
Date 1945-03-06
Start Time 12:00
Turn Count 36
Visibility Night
Counters 92
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 2: 16, 21
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 100
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Rural Assault
Urban Assault
Conditions
Entrenchments
Off-board Artillery
Severe Weather
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Road to Berlin maps + counters
Introduction

In most armies, doctrine held that prepared defensive lines should first be breached by infantry units, with armored formations committed later to exploit their breakthroughs. German generals urged this approach for the Spring Awakening offensive in Hungary, but Adolf Hitler insisted on using his beloved SS panzer divisions in the first rank and there were few infantry divisions that had been re-fitted to first-line status. One of the few was the 44th "Hoch und Deutschmeister," an Austrian unit known as the "Children of Vienna" that traced its history to the old imperial Army's finest regiment.

Conclusion

Traditional practice was not borne out in this action: the 44th did not make significant gains and the opposing Guards division held their lines with relative ease. The Soviets would be in much more trouble from the SS panzer divisions penetrating on either side of them, and the 36th (a very good division, formed from several airborne brigades and holding the Red Banner) would be forced to withdraw on the next day with little of their discomfort due to the Austrian troops opposing them.


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).
  • Open-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables, but DO take step losses from X and #X results (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT). If a "2X" or "3X" result is rolled, at least one of the step losses must be taken by an open-top AFV if present.
  • 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)
  • Assault Gun: if closed-top, provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable
  • Self-Propelled Artillery: do not provide the +1 Assault bonus, even if closed-top (SB)

Display Order of Battle

Germany Order of Battle
Heer
  • Mechanized
Soviet Union Order of Battle
Army (RKKA)
  • Foot
Guards
  • Mechanized
  • Towed

Display Errata (4)

4 Errata Items
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The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
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The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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The movement allowance on the counters in Airborne is misprinted. It should be "3."

(rerathbun on 2012 Jan 30)
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Kommissars never get morale or combat modifiers. Ignore misprints.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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