Battlelines: Winter Storm
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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 relief effort during the Battle of Stalingrad.
The relief of Stalingrad by 4th Panzer Army was under the command of Field Marshall von Manstein. The plan was simple and desperate. The 4th Panzer Army would attack along the Rostov to Stalingrad railroad and relieve the besieged 6th Army. The supply situation was so difficult that the German panzers carried fuel and ammunition on the decks of the tanks.
Two phase lines were in the plan the first was the attack across the Chir by the 48th Panzer Corps to join 4th Panzer Army as it approached Kalatch. This attack never materialized since the 48th Panzer Corps was engaged in a swirling battle with the Soviet 4th Tank Army and 1st Guards Army along the Chir River. Zhukov had timed the attacks of little Saturn perfectly. The Second Phase line was the breakout attack by 6th Army when 4th Panzer Army approached Stalingrad. Field Marshal von Paulus never launched the breakout and thus doomed his army to destruction.
- Winter Storm Operation Deck
- 1st Guards Mechanized Corps Unit Deck
- 11th Panzer Division Unit Deck