Kharkov: Battle for the Square

Published by: Critical Hit. November 2012
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Introduction:

In the aftermath of the debacle at Stalingrad it almost defies belief that German soldiers, in this some of the last elite units available on the Eastern Front ... would plunge into the heart of a massive urban center and initiate house-to-house combat. But that's exactly what took place in Kharkov during the winter of 1943 and the results were a victory ... of sorts. The decline of German fortunes in the East were halted and the desire of Hitler to launch another offensive, to eliminate the Kursk Salient, was whetted. The battle also pointed some historians toward an answer to the 'what if' ... as in what if Hitler had assigned Waffen SS units to attack Stalingrad.

KHARKOV: BATTLE FOR THE SQUARE places you in the heart of an urban battlefield with nothing to fight with but elite units on both sides. The counter collection is impressive: 4 sheets of color, die-cut counters (2 × 280 piece counter sheets + 2 × 88 piece counter sheets) providing ALL THE COMBAT COUNTERS NEEDED TO PLAY ALL OF THE SCENARIOS ... in MMC/SMC presentations ... Germans AND Russians in Winter 1943 uniforms. And all AFV counters are 'winterized' ... aka 'whitewashed' ... to be more evocative than ever. What's more, the battlefield map is also done up in winter colors!
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Scenarios:

ScenarioPlayedTotalRatingLocationTheatreAttackerDefenderLengthBalancePopularity*
KBFS1: Double Trouble02 8.00Kharkov, UkraineETOGerman (SS)Russian9.6 hrsUnknown25%
KBFS2: The Zoo-Lancers00 Kharkov, UkraineETORussianGerman8.7 hrsUnknown0%
KBFS3: Knights of the West01 Kharkov, UkraineETORussianGerman7.5 hrs100% Russian13%
KBFS4: A Walk in the Garden01 Kharkov, UkraineETOGermanRussian11.6 hrs100% Russian13%
KBFS5: Track Meet01 Kharkov, UkraineETOGermanRussian9.2 hrs100% German13%
KBFS6: The Hammer of Pravda Street01 Kharkov, UkraineETORussianGerman4.9 hrs100% German13%
KBFS7: Captain Sanin's Lament00 Kharkov, UkraineETORussianGerman5.5 hrsUnknown0%
KBFS8: "I Hear the Deep Mournful... Urra!"01 9.00Kharkov, UkraineETOGermanRussian34.9 hrs67% German13%
KBFS9: Death Rides a Pale Horse01 Kharkov, UkraineETOGermanRussian10.1 hrs100% German13%
KBFS10: Nothing to Fear00 Kharkov, UkraineETORussianGerman (SS)29.2 hrsUnknown0%

 * Popularity is the sum of Roar and Archive reported playings based as a percentage of the parent publication's total games.

 (Dark) grey rows indicate Night scenarios.

Median length of scenarios: 9.4hrs

Average rating of scenarios: 8.5

Total playing time: 131.2hrs

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