IN PLAYTESTING

Opening the Baltic Gap (OBG), is the westward drive of the 6th Guards Army towards the railroad hub of Daugavpils (Dvinsk) Latvia. OBG will continue to offer players the unique challenge of fighting a medium-unit action southeast of Daugavpils, Latvia. A must-have for any wargame collection.


Opening the Baltic Gap contains:

  • One colour 24”x 35” historical map,

  • Seven-Scenarios played on various parts of the map, to familiarize players with terrain and forces used in the Tactical Mission;

  • Six-Scenario Date, Tactical Mission (a.k.a. Campaign Game); and

  • Chapter OBG that includes rules to play the Tactical Mission.


OBG1 - East of Daugavpils, Latvia, 7 July 1944: Operation Bagration was launched three weeks prior;  since then, the Soviet 6th Guards Army had advanced near 160-kilometres - steamrolling over German division after German division in the process. Things appeared grim for the men of the German 132.Infanteriedivison, trained in from northern Estonia, it had the monumental task of preventing the Soviet from reaching Daugavpils, an important railroad centre leading into northern Baltic States.

OBG2 - East of Daugavpils, Latvia, 7 July 1944: An earlier reconnaissance probe failed, suffering heavy casualties. The Soviets quickly launched another probe supported by tanks, but again the cagey German Lansers waited until the T-34s loaded with soldiers came into range.
OBG3 - East of Daugavpils, Latvia, 7 July 1944: Through out the day, the Soviet 29th Rifle Division advanced slowly in the face of heavy fire. The Soviet commanders decided not stop and prepare a deliberate attack, hoping that breakthrough would come any moment. As the day waned, the tired German Lansers, unable to get more than a moment's rest from seemingly endless waves of Soviets, rose from their trenches, to see the next wave of Soviets appearing.
OBG4 - East of Daugavpils, Latvia, 8 July 1944: Stymied by the Germans' defence the day before, the Soviets during night brought up sappers, flame-tanks, and heavy assault guns, supported by corps artillery, this deliberate attack would surely smash the Germans' line. The Germans were not idle during the night, fresh reinforcements and anti-tank guns were brought up to fill the gaps in the line. As morning broke the first Soviet shells crashed into the ground in front of the Germans.
OBG5 - East of Daugavpils, Latvia, 8 July 1944: In a case of too much every, the Soviets crashed headlong into the German lines with IS-2 Stalin tanks leading the way. The German commander, Generalleutnant Herbert Wagner, rushed what little reserves he had left to prevent a major breakthrough.
OBG6 - East of Daugavpils, Latvia, 7 July 1944: The Soviets probe the German lines looking for fording  sites across the stream. The Germans have set up string of outposts, their task to send out an alert when the Soviets arrived. This scenario links the first day's scenarios into a larger scenario.  
OBG7 - East of Daugavpils, Latvia, 8 July 1944: By the end of the first day, the Soviets have managed to secure a ford across the stream. However, the first day's probes failed to discover a way around the German defences. During the night, the Soviet commander has ordered a deliberate attack on the German line. This scenario links the second day's scenarios into a larger scenario.

Opening the Baltic Gap is not a complete game and ownership of a tactical wargaming system such as MMP’s Advanced Squad Leader™ or Firefly – WWII Battlegroup Actions™ is required.

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