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The Guards Counterattack ETO (id:#56508)
Avalon Hill (Classic ASL ID:A)
Prior Publication: SL 1, AH: The General 22-6 ASL A(Revision: MMP Website (Download))
See Also: The Guards Counterattack by Avalon Hill The Guards Counterattack by On All Fronts
Designer: Unknown
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The very first scenario for the original Squad Leader. 25 years later this all infantry affair is just as challenging as it was when it first appeared. A must play for grognards and newbies alike.. . ."After an extremely successful summer campaign, the Germans came upon the Volga fortress of Stalingrad. Here the Red Army had dug in and was determined to make a stand. Sensing total victory, the Germans threw more and ever more troops into the fighting. But for the first time in the war, German infantry found the Russians their equal. Rebuffed by stiff resistance, the Germans committed crack assault engineers. Gradually, the Germans cleared one block, then another—only to lose them again to sudden Russian counterattacks. By October 5, the Germans had almost taken the key Dzerhezinsky Tractor Works. However, the fighting had been so heavy that the line troops occupying the surrounding area were exceptionally weak from the previous week’s combat. At that point, the Russians counterattacked with their crack 37th Guards to break the ring the Germans had thrown around the factory and reinforce the desperate defenders."
Attacker: Russian (308th Rifle Division / 2nd Battalion, 37th Guards Division)
Defender: German (Company H, 389th Infantry Regiment)  
Turns: 5     Players: 2     OBA: None     Night: No
Stalingrad, Russia 1942-10-06
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:21.0 D:13.0
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:0 D:0
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: A7.72 supersedes SSR 2, 2, 3 and 4 respectively
Map Board(s): 1
Overlays: NONE
Errata (source)
A7.72 supersedes SSR 2, 2, 3 and 4 respectively.MMP
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Elfego Baca Added a playing2019-03-07 14:26:14
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2019-01-10(A) David Garvin vs David Damrel Russian winThis was his first match ever. In spite of this, he did well and really liked the experience. Hope to play again.
2018-11-11(A) Andy Goldin vs Stephen Worrel German winI cleared building F5 with my Guards in short order. At the end of Turn 2 casualties were about even (three squads of mine lost, two of his and a leader). My sniper got some nice hits, killing a leader of his and breaking squads here and there, but he managed to move up his HMG, which succeeded at breaking up my Guards as they were preparing to attack I7/K5. The time required to reform the attack left me with little time to attack by fire. My MMG wasn't effective so my men went into the street against German rifles and machine guns, with predictable results. A quick and deadly scenario.
2018-08-01(A) A Mause vs kilgore234 Russian win
2018-07-24(D) David Garvin vs Gary Olson German win
2018-06-24(A) Jonathan Kapleau vs Sosnicki, William Russian win
2018-05-02(A) Jeff B vs John Malaska German winA hot sniper early for the Germans set the Russians back at least a turn, and that was just enough. I thought I had him cornered on the 2nd level of F6 on the last turn but I made the mistake of leaving G6 uncovered and he was able to sneak away. He reminded me of the 3:1 ratio though and, having finally busted his kill stack in I7 to a man, I needed to connect on an 8+3 to break one squad in M7. Didn't happen. Great game and opponent.
2018-04-20(A) David Garvin vs Scott Holst Russian winMy sniper was the deciding factor, killing 2 of his leaders on the first two turns. As always, a fun match!
2018-04-19(D) Louis Langdeau vs Lee M Russian winDidn't complete the game, but with the way things were going it almost certainly would have gone to the Russians. My first game of full ASL! Lee did a great job teaching, and effectively took apart my defenses. He seemed to take a fairly aggressive route through my forces. He drew fire where he could, and then exploited holes that developed in my firing lanes. Great fun all around, and excited to get my next game in.
2018-04-11(A) Dave Mareske vs Greg Wegst Russian win
2018-02-10(D) Stephen dedier vs wilde, guy German winNice throwback scenario. We did this to get guy back into playing live after a long layoff. Classic infantry slugfest. Germans managed some good shots and took 2 buildings from the Russians and the Russians did the same but lost too many troops in the effort. Good way to get back into street fighting.
2018-01-01(A) todd Rezack vs Jim Hunter Russian win
2017-12-23(D) Jonathan Kapleau vs Taylor, Greg Russian win
2017-12-21(A) Jonathan Kapleau vs Taylor, Greg Russian win
2017-11-21(A) Jeff B vs Roberto Alesse Russian winRussians had some early luck in the shot tradeoffs, though they did lose the 9-1 to a HoB disruption in the very first DFPh. The MMG-manning squad was soon to follow, but they were able to sneak over a few squads from the N building when the tough-to-hold J/K building's Germans all were busted early. The F building's Germans tried to hide in the upper levels, but they all were either forced to surrender due to encirclement or died in CC. The I building's guards then fled to the safety of the L building, leaving their building the next to fall. By this time the Russians had satisfied both parts of the VC so they just hunkered down and waited for the German counterattack which never materialized.
2017-10-18(A) LOUIS PADOL vs Garry Kaluzny Russian winHot dice nearly melted the cup! Garry conceded after Turn 3. Fun slug-fest.
2017-10-15(D) David Garvin vs Larry Yeager German win
2017-09-15(D) David Garvin vs Jack Dempsey German win
2017-05-27(A) Ruben Rigillo vs Francesco Berucci Russian win
2017-02-24(A) Andy Joy vs Dave Schubert Russian win
2017-02-24(A) Andy Joy vs Dave Schubert Russian win
2016-12-27(D) Jalmari Raippalinna vs Mario Salazar Russian winConcentrated bit too much on saving my already mortally wounded stacks in F6 building, attention to other front would had given me more chance.
2016-12-23(D) David Garvin vs Andrew Goldin German winGreat match via VASL. Came to the final roll of the dice for the win for Germany
2016-12-22(D) David Garvin vs Cole Peterson German winCame down to his 10-2 failing a NMC and taking his stack with him. Otherwise, the Soviet would have won the game outright.
2016-12-07(D) James Woodall vs David Douglas Russian winThat's a hell of a lot of Russians!
2016-12-06(D) Itinerant Hobbyist vs Jim Burris Russian winRussians got into the bottom right building because I didn't take a shot at them as they rushed through an open spot. Not sure why I didn't shoot. Jim was very easy on me as this was only my second ever full ASL game.
2016-11-18(A) Jeff B vs Ross Earnheart Russian win
2016-11-12(D) Jeff B vs Ross Earnheart German winI will never get sick of playing this scenario. A nail biter to the very end. German east flank was in imminent danger of collapse, only to have the 9-2 and company swoop to the rescue. Once those boys were whipped back into shape he had to return to his south central stone building to hold off the encroaching guards who, had they not been leaderless since turn 1 (casualty to no quarter surrender), would've probably proved too much to handle.
2016-10-29(A) leo zhu vs Arakallek Russian winArakallek abadoned in T4.
2016-09-18(A) Philippe Duchon vs Adrien Boussicault Russian winThis was Adrien's first game with full ASL (chapters A-B) rules.
2016-09-10(A) Kermit Mullins vs Dan Best German winGreat replay of the classic with Dan's Germans getting the best of my Russians.
2016-06-26(A) Philippe Duchon vs Philippe Briaux German win
2016-01-17(A) Alberto Griffa vs Enrico Catanzaro German win
2015-10-20(D) Alberto Griffa vs Pierpaolo Colancecco German win
2015-10-01(D) rene cote vs Myself Russian winBack to ASL after 10 years break. Played the XOP and then completed with a crushing Russian victory with a HW just for the heck of it.
2015-08-10(D) Alberto Griffa vs Mike Johnston Russian win
2015-05-31(D) David Garvin vs Andrew Luden German win
2015-05-21(D) Jeff B vs Phil Buczowski German win
2015-03-14(A) O Ramaille vs German Russian winRussian win by controlling 3 buildings and not losing any. Complete russian victory.
2015-01-18(D) B-E Karlsson vs Russian German winNot as fantastic as its reputation claims it to be. Hate the setup.
2014-12-06(D) Aaron Sibley vs John Bubb German win
2014-12-03(A) leo zhu vs Erwin Lau German winIt's the second time we played with scenario A.Erwin is a ASL master who teach me how to use HW. The progress is full of fun and surprise.Finally, Rus give up for lost too many units.
2014-11-20(A) Ed Bonilla vs Russian win
2014-08-02(D) Dan Best vs Chris Raynor German win
2014-06-06(D) Don Lazov vs Nate Lazov German win
2014-04-26(D) Dan Best vs Derek Duskin German win
2013-12-22(A) Jeff B vs Giorgio Winter German winIt came down to the final CC roll of the game.
2013-10-22(A) Jeff B vs Terry Johnson Russian winThe Russians actually sneaked out a victory on the Germans' last turn by eliminating the pile of brokies who had taken refuge on the 2nd floor of the middle building.
2013-09-01(A) Juan Garrido vs Solo German win
2013-07-21(A) Arnie Felix vs Jeff Buser German winSignificant number of bad dice rolls sealed the Russian Guard's fate. Russian Sniper was the biggest casualty producer for the Germans.
2013-06-25(A) Jeff B vs Craig Kennedy Russian winAlways fun to go back to the basics.
2013-05-23(D) Russell Dewhurst vs Jeremy B Russian win
2013-04-30(D) Jonathan Davis vs Scott Eichelberger German winMuch closer than last weeks game. Russians used sewer movement well Turn 1 and poorly Turn 3. We ran out of time, and Scott had already failed his PMC after a rough turn and so he conceded.
2013-04-23(A) Jonathan Davis vs Scott Eichelberger German winRussians human waved turn 1. Germans rolled tons of 3s, 4s, and 5s, and scored 4 big snipers on Russian Turn 1. The devastation was too great to come back from.
2013-02-28(A) Juhani Bonsdorff vs Russian win
2013-02-22(D) Zac Belado vs Dan Lepore German winFun scenario that had a lot more to do for the Germans than I expected
2012-11-05(A) Russell Dewhurst vs [Solo] DrawSolo to practise building rules. Very close, Russians eventually took J5 but were hampered by lots of German leader battle hardening and heroes in CC, but on the last turn, a total wipeout in CC left the crucial I7 building with the Russians and the Germans couldn't get through the Defensive Fire to take it back.
2012-07-27(A) Michal Kostan vs [solo] German win
2012-07-24(A) Ian Willey vs James Short Russian winWhat needs to be said about this classic? Jame was hurt before he in turn could mount an attack of his own. Good game.
2012-07-12(A) Michal Kostan vs [solo] Russian winNoob German setup made it relatively easy for the Russians.
2012-05-22(A) Richard Carter vs Tom Halliday German winCame down to one wounded leader w/ lmg holding on to middle building, surviving a 24 +3 fp attack. I had taken 2 buildings and then lost one in last turn. Great scenario.
2012-04-30(A) Brent Paschall vs Brederic Russian winMy first ASL scenario, played against myself. The Germans made a desperate run for a lightly guarded building behind the front lines to try to win the game on their last turn. Only a leader made it inside, and he was ambushed and killed. I got to use: dash, assault fire, concealment, ambush, bypass, heat of battle, berserk, sniper, elr reduction, rof, 1st level of buildings. Things I didn't see: battle hardening, leader or hero creation, surrender/capture, fire lanes, human wave, snap shot and probably many others.
2011-12-21(D) Jeff Coleman vs Are Erlandsen German winclose game,always fun to play a Classic
2011-11-19(A) Don Lazov vs Nate Lazov Russian win
2011-11-19(D) Don Lazov vs Nate Lazov German win
2011-08-29(A) Robbie Nye vs In progress
2011-06-04(A) Ian Willey vs Carl N Russian winVery close. German's heald on to all buildings till the last turn. He nearly retook in his final turn but failed to win the CC. Great fun
2011-01-31(A) Oliver Schumacher vs Michi German winCame down to a very close German win in the final Player Turn. The Russian almost won due to German failures to rout, but the German managed to rally one single Leader thus avoiding losing the building.
2010-09-11(A) Keith Colins vs Quentin Dimick Russian win
2010-07-10(D) Dan Best vs John Brogan German win
2010-03-05(D) Kermit Mullins vs Scott Waites Russian winSoviets dominated.
2010-02-05(D) Pieter Van Innis vs Geert Van Loo Russian win
2009-12-05(A) Martin Sabais vs Tosh German win
2009-11-03(A) John Shingara vs Cliff Smith German win
2009-10-17(A) Andy Beaton vs JeffR German winLost teaching a newbie with german balance
2009-07-20(A) Andy Beaton vs KirinT Russian winA good teaching scenario
2009-06-01(A) Fred Schwarz vs Ross Tweten German winDiced early on but kept up the fight and still had a desperate chance.
2009-04-10(A) Don Lazov vs Nate Lazov Russian win
2009-02-24(D) derek pulhamus vs Randy Rossi German win
2009-02-07(D) Ian Willey vs James Short Russian winLost against a newbie AUUUUUGH!!!!!
2009-01-21(D) Martin Sabais vs Paul Jones Russian win
2008-12-17(A) Niklas Johansson vs German winMy first game of full ASL ever!
2008-08-22(A) Rami Saarinen vs Legion German winAs a newbie I really got spanked in this one.
2008-08-08(D) nathan wegener vs Albert W German winSurvived sniper taking out best 2 leaders in T1 then it see saw down to the last 1/2 turn
2008-08-01(D) Bill Brodie vs Steven Linton DrawThe oldest and still one of the best
2008-06-10(D) Don Lazov vs Stan Gildner Russian win
2008-03-03(D) Scott Fischbein vs Chris Olden Russian win
2008-01-22(A) Dan Best vs Mike Bistodeau Russian win
2007-12-27(A) Richard Salisbury vs kr German win
2007-10-02(A) David Ramsey vs Martin Barker Russian winClassic scenario - good stuff
2006-11-25(D) Allen Evenson vs Paul Hart Russian winMy first non-ASLSK scenario - good learning experience
2006-11-15(A) Dan Best vs Steve Smith Russian win
2006-10-28(A) Keith Colins vs Beau Russian win
2006-09-12(A) David Ramsey vs Hans Dorfman Russian win
2006-07-30(A) Chad Bagaason vs Germans Russian win
2006-03-09(A) simon jones vs Cryophobia Russian win
2005-04-21(A) Keith Colins vs Scott Godfrey Russian winScott's 1st non-ASLSK scenario, great bridge between ASLSK & ASL, fun, a Classic!
2005-01-01(D) Paolo Cariolato vs Luca Marcolungo In progress
2004-05-11(D) Aaron Sibley vs Gerard Burton German win
2004-02-26(D) Jim Rupp vs Bob Eury Russian win
2002-12-15(A) Fred Ingram vs Chris Ingram Draw
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Guards Counterattack [Confirmed]
[A] Russian 198
[D] German 203
Friday 22 March 2019 06:42:11 PM  (c)dramsey 2019