267 Lair of the Beast
Assault on the Reichstag 30 April-2 May, 1945. After nearly four years of bitter fighting the Soviets had repelled the Germans from the Gates of Moscow all the way to the doorstep of the Reichstag, which they dubbed the Lair of the Fascist Beast. Stalin had set a very strict deadline for taking it prior to the May 1st Celebrations. Initially the Soviet assault was hindered by the lack of supporting artillery and tanks because there were no intact bridges left across which to transport them. To make matters worse, the German defenders did have very powerful artillery support in the form of 12.8 cm guns located on the nearby Flak tower. Eventually the Russians, after having repaired the bridges, did manage to bring in tank and artillery support. After fierce fighting and heavy casualties, they succeeded in overwhelming the numerically inferior yet well-entrenched Germans and hoisted the red flag atop the building. Fighting in fact continued in the building through May 2nd. The famous photo symbolizing total victory over the Nazis was in fact taken a day later for that reason.
The question isn’t whether you, as the Russian player, will eventually overwhelm the Germans, the question is will you be able to meet Stalin’s tight deadline? As for the Germans, can you make the Russians pay dearly and delay them as long as possible?
7 Squad Bases
5 Squad Bases
8 Squad Bases
6 Squad Bases
(Becomes available during the status phase of Round 2 scenario Reinforcements and Events. Cards can actually be drawn during Round 3).
|Starting Strategy Cards||3||1|
|Operations Cards||041 T34 Increased Firepower (T34/85)
(Useable starting Round 3)
046 / (representing 12.8 cm guns located on Flak towers 2 km away)
|Deployment Zone||5 contiguous hexes marked with a VP objective marker on Map 45B.||Division 1: Anywhere on maps 41A, 43B, and/or 50A.
Division 2: Anywhere on maps 47A, 48A and/or 45A
|Objective||The Russian player wins the game if he has at least 1 squad present at level 2 in the hex containing the VP marker in the Reichstag building at any time (so even during the action phase!). If they do not achieve this by the end of round 7 the German player wins.|
|Actions per turn||3||3|
|Reinforcements||status phase of rounds 3 and 4
2 T34 (/85’s) during the.
They appear on any of the three Russian “baseline” hexes marked with a P objective on map 45B.