Battlelines: Streets of Stalingrad
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The Battlelines series of card games allow players to recreate the epic struggles of World War II. Each player uses a deck of cards to represent the troops of an historical formation about the size of a division. A third deck, the Operation deck, is used to create a series of battles using Mission and Location cards. Points are scored for achieving Mission objectives and destroying enemy troops. A typical 100 point Operation can be played in about an hour. The game can also be played by teams of up to three players on each side.
This set in the Battlelines Series World War II card game includes Units and Operations from the German assault on the city Stalingrad.
After a whirlwind summer blitzkrieg, the German Fourth Panzer and Sixth armies found themselves on the outskirts of Stalingrad. The city straggled for over 25 miles along the west bank of the Volga River. It was a well-built, modern city and included some truly massive factory buildings. Furthermore, it was filled with determined defenders who were provided with substantial support by artillery massed on the east bank of the river. The fighting in the streets of Stalingrad was murderous at times seeing ten thousand casualties in a single day. Whole divisions of the Red Army went into the defense of the city and never came back out. The Germans were no better off, the training in maneuver warfare was of little use on a battlefield that treated objectives that were yards away and yet unreachable except with the most determined assault.
The 6th Army and Stalingrad Front battled for months, building by building and block by block. The Axis forces launched repeated attacks into the city. Gradually, they contracted the Soviet defensive positions and even reached the banks of the Volga in a number of places. Their attacks eventually carved the city into virtually isolated pockets of resistance. Heroes appeared one day and died the next and the whole world listened to reports of the fighting believing that an Axis victory on the Don could knock Russia from the war. But, in the end, the hard-bought Axis successes were meaningless. Division after division had been fed into the meat grinder. The flanks were weak. Winter was coming and along with it, a Soviet counter-offensive.
Battlelines: Streets of Stalingrad is an operation in the Stalingrad campaign that pits the 100th Jäger Division and the 112th Rifle Division in a deadly struggle in the streets of Stalingrad. Both infantry divisions represent the very best of the forces engaged in the fighting. See if you can fight your way to victory.