Following the combats around Turda in September 1944, Malinovsky receives the order from Stavka to attack in the direction of Budapest.
On 6 October 1944 the southern pincer of the 2nd Ukrainian Front attacks the forces of Army Group South around Arad and breaks the 3rd Hungarian Army. In 24 hours, the spearhead of the attack, the Cavalry Mechanized Group under Pliev, advances more than 50 km. The northern pincer – 6th Armoured Guards Army – throws itself full force against the counter attacks of the 1st and 23rd Panzer around Nagyvarad and cannot break through to the Hungarian plain.
On 9 October the southwestern barrier of Debrecen falls but the Germans engage reinforcements and launch two divisions, a Panzer and a Panzer Grenadier division, supported by a Tiger II battalion – Operation Zigeuner Baron – at the flank of the Soviet penetration on 19 October.
Debrecen finally falls on 20 October, Nyíregyháza the 22nd, thereby isolating the 8th Army…
As the Soviet, will you be able to best use your powerful armoured forces to surround the enemy, and as a member of the Axis can you save the 8th Army and protect the outskirts of Budapest?
Units: Divisions, Brigades, Regiments, Kampfgruppen, Battalions, or headquarters
Map: Aproximately 5k / Hex
Turn: 2 days
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