Black Wednesday covers the battle of Krasni Bor in February 1943: The Spanish Blue Division against the Red Army south of Leningrad.
Game number #2-07 in the Gamers Tactical Combat Series.
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|Play Time||An evening|
|Game Scale - Time||20 minutes per turn|
|Game Scale - Unit||Infantry platoons, individual vehicles|
|Game Scale - Map||114 meters per hex|
Black Wednesday: The Battle of Krasni Bor, 10-11 Feb 1943, is game 7 in the Tactical Combat Series by The Gamers and covers The Battle of Krasni Bor which was the key battle of the Second Lake Ladoga Offensive. Although the siege of Leningrad had been broken, the city was far from secure. This battle was intended to guarantee the Leningrad’s safety. The game depicts February 10, 1943, a day which would come to be known to the Spanish as “Black Wednesday.” The battle is a microcosm of Soviet offensive operations in World War II. Massive bombardment, wave assaults, desperate hedgehog defenses and even more desperate counter-attacks are features of this battle pitting the might of the Soviet army against the brave (but woefully outnumbered) Spanish Blue Division.
History: At the beginning of 1943, the Red Armies facing Army Group North had lifted the siege of Leningrad. In order to enlarge the lifeline into the city, they attacked thc Axis Forces holding its flanks.
The Spanish Blue: In the euphoria surrounding the German invasion of Russia in 1941 the Spanish government raised an infantry division of volunteers to assist the fight against Bolshevism.
The Battle: Black Wednesday covers the Battle of Krasni Bor. It begins with a typical Soviet artillery barrage followed by the "Urrah!" of swarms of Soviet infantrymen. The newly anointed 63rd Guards Rifle Division led the attack with support by the 72nd Rifle Division (a former Ukrainian Penal unit) and part of the 43rd Rifle Division. Further support for the attack came from the T·26, T·34, and KV -1 tanks of the 1st Red Banner Tank Brigade. It was a full Soviet combined arms force striking a skilled dug in enemy.
The Game: Black Wednesday is a full-force TCS treatment of a typical Eastern Front action-massive preparatory barrages against front-line trenches, waves of stubborn Soviet infantrymen, embattled knots of hedgehogged defenders.
Black Wednesday highlights the doctrine and capabilities of massed Red Army troops and the skill, and elan of the elite Spanish Volunteers.
Turn: 20 minutes
Hex: 125 yards / 114 meters
Units: Infantry platoons, individual vehicles
Two 22 x 34" full color maps
Five dual-side printed countersheets (3 combat, 2 markers - 1,040 1/2" counters)
One 28-page TCS version 3.1 system rulebook
One 40-page Black Wednesday game specific rulebook
Two 4-page TCS version 3.1 Charts & Tables folders
Two 6-sided dice
Solitaire Playability: Medium-High
Complexity Level: High
Players: 1 or more
Playing Time: 2-50 hours