Part 1 Defending Mother Russia
Before you imagine yourself as in the picture above; sweeping across the plans of Western Russia in a mad dash to Moscow and locales West consider this. Stalin is waiting. Russia is waiting. the flames of fear and hatred have been stoked. The Motherland will be protected. Hours of play, dozens if not 100′s of sessions have been experienced, broken down, assessed and evaluated for the best means to break the back of the German invasion.
What will you face. How will you handle the defense presented to you? Where can you maximize those precious first turns of offense? Where can you limit soak off attacks and Exchange results?
Which part of the defense will give you the best opportunity for break thru and true exploitation, just like a true Wermacht Blitzkrieg spieler would.
Listed below are several defensive openings that you are sure to face in the tournament. Take a look. Ponder, reflect. Do you have an effective attack plan for each one? Some of the great names of gaming are participating in this tournament. Many of the defenses shown here are old favorites of theirs that they themselves designed. You are replaying more than one piece of history. Its not just the history of a military conflict. Rather it is also the history of a game. Reliving its greatness, its popularity, its contention!
Some housekeeping. Where a unit is stacked and there is no text next to it, the unit underneath is the same. A number and a * indicates the number of units of a certain type.
Coming shortly more iconic defenses.