KHARKOV, UKRAINE, 11
March 1943: Local
Russian command had drawn a line through Kharkov where they would
make their stand. The Gosprom building and Kharkov Zoo lay along
this line. The Zoo, and surrounding Shevchenko Park named for
a WW I general, was the southern flank of this line and the Russians
were determined to hold it. The III Bn/1st Panzer was tasked with
taking this part of town. The German plan was to split their force,
with one group circling south and attacking through the park-like
zoo. Stbf. Hanson, commander of the II Bn/1st SS Panzer Gr Regiment.,
led the attack through the park, supported by 7th Panzer KP under
Ost. Astheger and Ost. Soreman commanding 2nd KP of 1st SS Panzerjäger
Abteilung. The Russian forces, a piecemeal collection of the 208th
SRB 51st NKVD units, militia, the Third Tank Army and the 48th
Rifle Division, were slowly pushed back from the square.
During the year 1976 a ground-breaking
tactical-level game called Squad LeaderTM was released.
The brainchild of designer John Hill, it quickly grew into a system
that later advanced into ... and even larger system.
Based on some thumbnail calculations, a 15 year-old boy ripping
open the cover on his first edition purple box SL
game ... would be ... 53 years-old today. And likely, his ability
to game all weekend ... maybe sipping a soda pop and munching
on some delicious Nabisco® doo dads. Times have changed, and
our teenaged wargamer hasnt lost one iota of his passion
... for holding building 3N2 ... or rolling a critical hit
at that key moment .... when a scenario hangs in the balance.
But if our dear half-centurion of gaming greatness wants to admit
one thing that might have changed ... he may be happy to embrace
a super sized approach. Enter BACKHAND BLOW 43
with the largest counters ... 5/8 MMC/SMC and a massive,
3/4 AFV/VEHICLE/GUN counter presentation. The first ever.
Not just the game pieces
are super sized in BB43! The map also is expanded,
and features a hex size that allows the 3/4 AFV counters
to have more elbow room than in standard hexesand
squads and leaders ... even more.
The module includes two
sheets of 176 5/8 die-cut German and Russian MMC/SMC/SW
counters, plus a sheet of 108 AFV/VEHICLES/ENTRENCHMENTS in 3/4
size, a total of 460 counters in alleverything you need
to play (just bring your standard markers). You also receive 10
scenarios (all playable on the map provided) in color format,
and color special rules in 3-hole format. Please allow 4-6 weeks