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Hill 253.5 ETO (id:#56097)
Multi-Man Publishing (ASL 1 - Beyond Valor (3rd Edition) ID:132)
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Prior Publication: AH: The General #15-6 SL B, AH: The General #27.3 ASL T7
See Also: Hill 253.5 by Avalon Hill Stampede at Hill 253.5 by Heat of Battle Hill 253.5 by Southern California ASL Club Stampede at Hill 253.5 by Bounding Fire Productions
Designer: Bob McNamara
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Operation Citadel had begun, but instead of the desired lightning breakthrough, fighting had taken on the characteristics of World War I trench warfare. In four days of grueling combat, the XLI Panzer Corps had managed to penetrate the defenses of the Soviet 13th Army to only a depth of five miles. The German corps, now being slowly forced onto the defensive by increasing enemy pressure, needed to secure a strong position on which to anchor its left flank and to free the mobile elements. Such a spot was the commanding height of Hill 253.5 near the village of Ponyri. On 9 July, the Germans stormed and captured Hill 239.8 and, to exploit this success, an assault on 253.5 was ordered.
Attacker: German (Panzer Division 18 and Panzerjäger Battalion 653)
Defender: Russian (307th Rifle Division/Mechanized Brigade)  
Turns: 8     Players: 2     OBA: Both     Night: No
Near Ponyri, Russia 1943-07-09
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:12.0 D:11.0
AFVs: A:5
PzKpfw VD x 2
PzJg Tiger x 1
SPW 251/1 x 2

KV-1 M42 x 1
KV-1 M41 x 1
GAZ-MM x 1

Guns: A:0 D:3
76.2mm P obr. 39 x 2
45mm PTP obr. 32 x 1
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: Air Support (each side). D: Wire, Mines, MOL capability.
Map Board(s): 2
Overlays: NONE
Errata (source)
The Germans may set up north of the road that determines the setup areas, but not on it.MMP
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Latest Updates:
Danno Added a playing2018-11-03 23:22:42
grumblejones Added a playing2018-11-03 23:17:38
hoxson1 Set the designer field2018-08-14 14:22:22
hoxson1 Modified the misc. rules2018-07-09 12:08:41
buser333 Added a playing2018-06-02 15:02:37
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2018-11-03(D) Kermit Mullins vs Dan Best German the Russians, I messed up the defense pretty badly and Dan's Schwerpunkt went around my left flank and rolled me up like an old carpet. I went down hard. My reinforcements were too late and then wiped out by the Elefant and Stukas circling overhead. Great win for Dan!
2018-06-01(A) Jeff B vs Phil Wentworth German winWire and mines are a terrible combination to try and overcome as the attacker. Add to that OBA, fighter bombers, tanks, FTs, and DCs, all while moving uphill and you have a tall task indeed. Thankfully I had a few of those toys myself to play with. My tanks softened up what little was in my LOS to start with while I made my way up the hill and tried to sweep out the defenders to the NE. I soon ran into my first mine and wire combo. My HTs proved of use by scouting the way exposing more mines, but both would shortly be taken out by the Russian FT. My tanks would be of little use in clearing the wire as two of them were quick to blow gaskets, but I did manage to pave a way through one hex. I had thoughts of my OBA doing the rest of the job, but my own men ended up being in the way just when I would get it positioned to attempt the job. Some pesky Russian infantry in my backyard proved to be extremely annoying as they messed with my rout paths for the guys up on the hill, so I devoted an inordinate amount of men and even a tank to deal with them, not weeding the last of them out until near the end of the game. All this time the Russians mainly played a reverse slope defense, but the NW was a bit of a tough nut to crack as he had a gun and MMG over there with a lot of open ground to cross to reach them. We both received out air support on the same turn midgame. My one came just in time to blast a tank carrying some riders to bits, only to be dispatched in my first dog fight by his two. These planes would make my life hell the rest of the game. Slowly but surely my Germans did gain ground though, and by the time what was left of his reinforcements made their way up the hill my last mobile Panther was perched nicely on the hill with a good view. I returned the favor by obliterating his last tank with my own FT, and he lost one of his planes to recall. By this time he was down to only 2 squads, who were in no position to reclaim their position on the hill, so he threw up the white flag. This one is rough for the Germans!
2017-10-24(A) LOUIS PADOL vs Garry Kaluzny Russian winI was playing the German side as a relative ASL newbie (been playing for three months). Several concepts in this scenario were new to me, however my opponent is a good teaching opponent, so the learning curve severity was lessened a bit. I ended up conceding after turn six, I had almost no GO units left. OBA was two straight red draws, and the Stukas managed to only break two squads during the game. I was in deep in all areas!! Ultimately, I believe my problem was playing to the west side of the central hill, which left my a tiny funnel up the south peak. Would like to see what I could do with a little bit more experience while splitting round both sides of the central peak.
2017-10-17(A) Martí Cabré vs Nicolas Sabido German winVery tough scenario on the Germans, who must overcome wire, mines, hidden guns and up hill terrain, but they got good quality troops and tanks. My German pioneers were decimated by Russian flamethrowers in a mini battle that happened on the hamlet down hill while on the other side I slowly pushed up reducing every defending nest. The top was filled with mines and wire and I got stopped. The stukas helped clear some ways and I had to risk the tanks to advance, losing one on a HIP gun shot and another immob but taking the position. The Elephant survived and proceeded to kill the Russian tanks. In the last turn there was a stack of Russian infantry protected by a burning wreck that could advance up hill for a win, I launched 80mm OBA on them twice, intensive fired on them, HMG, etc. which finally managed to break and/or pin all of them for a German win. Superb scenario.
2017-10-07(D) Bob Davis vs David Franco In progress
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ROAR Data: (updated Nov 2019)
Hill 253.5 [Confirmed]
[A] Russian 11
[D] German 8
Friday 06 December 2019 09:14:28 PM  (c)dramsey 2019