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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2018 8:15 p.m. PST

"The year 1943 began badly for the German Army on the Eastern Front. After a great struggle at Stalingrad, German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrendered himself and his Sixth Army on January 31. Powerful sledgehammer blows from the strengthening Red Army began to shudder the entire southern flank of the German Army.

In the Caucasus, the Soviet steamroller started clearing the Taman Peninsula to eliminate the German threat to the Caspian Sea oil fields. The key to securing the entire northeastern shore of the Black Sea was Novorossiysk, an important deep-sea port city held by the Germans since September 1942…."
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Have anyone tried to wargame this?

Amicalement
Armand

emckinney01 Nov 2018 10:33 p.m. PST

Well, there's the famous Black Sea, Black Death: link

It's also famously complicated. It's not well known, but the publisher messed up the map by leaving off all of the coastal cliffs. That allowed the Soviet player to land anywhere, which may have actually helped game balance. An image or file or text description of the corrected map is in that BGG entry.

There's a really neat block game about this battle on pre-order from Legion Wargames. link It's much, much simpler than BSBD, but it has some real innovations for the block game genre, like aerial reconnaissance! Its air combat system is also better than many of the more "sophisticated" games. A very rough draft of the rules is available from: link

There's also at least an ASL scenario or two, and I think there may be a historical campaign game for it covering one landing. Ah, some Google success:

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Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2018 3:32 a.m. PST

Rapid Fire's third supplement "Scenarios for the Russian Front 1941-1945" has a complete miniatures scenario for the battle.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

Many thanks!.


Amicalement
Armand

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