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(Upcoming) 62 - Strike of the Heron

Strike of the Heron - The Approach to Stalingrad explores the astonishing, sudden, breakthrough German operation “Fischreiher” (Heron) by the German XIV Panzer Korps and other supporting units, to the Volga River in August, 1942. It sent shock waves all the way up to Stalin and his Front commanders as the Soviets had been able to previously repel German attacks, allowing only a slow advance.

This sudden breakthrough and arrival of German units along the banks of Volga River at Rynok (just north of Stalingrad proper) also cutoff chances of an offensive by northern Soviet forces on the German’s left flank. This had been part of STAVKA's overall plan but has to be hastily abandoned. So in this game, the Soviet player must not only ensure sufficient forces escape the intended German encirclement, but then maintain constant pressure on the overextended Panzer Korps with a series of counterattacks from both north and south of the corridor.

The suddenness of their success even caught the Germans off guard. So in Strike of the Heron the next problem facing them is how to keep and further exploit their breakthrough. The corridor was not wide, just a few miles and many miles long....

Designed by Perry Moore, Strike of the Heron includes one map with 280 counters. Units are at the division/brigade level for the Soviets while German forces are depicted from battalion to division. Each turn is 12 hours and a hex is 1.5 miles.

Strike of the Heron and issue #62 of ATO

Maps - One full color 17"x44" hex mapsheet
Counters - 280 full color 1/2" die-cut pieces
Rules length - 12 pages
Charts and tables - 2 page
Complexity - Medium
Playing time - Up to 4 hours
How challenging is it solitaire? - Average

Design - Perry Moore
Development - Russ Lockwood
Graphic Design - Mark Mahaffey

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