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Der Kessel: Stalingrad Solitaire
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Der Kessel: Stalingrad Solitaire

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Der Kessel is a solitaire game simulating the last weeks of the encircled German 6th Army in the pocket German troops nicknamed “The Cauldron” that formed in and to the west of the city of Stalingrad when Soviet troops broke through the Wehrmacht’s front lines in December 1942.

You represent 6th Army’s commander, General von Paulus. All actions of the Soviet commander Zhukov and subordinate units are strictly controlled by the game rules. As von Paulus, you must do your best to save the trapped army in the Cauldron while at the same time cooperating with the high command (OKW) to preserve the integrity of the entire southern front in Russia. Each turn you perform various types of actions within the pocket. Die rolls and rules determine the strategic situation and strategy employed by Army Group South outside the pocket, specifically in terms of the commitment levels of the Luftwaffe (air force) and General Hoth’s relief force.

The game includes one 11” x 17” map depicting the region containing the Stalingrad pocket and various playing aids, a sheet of counters, a set of 25 event cards, and rules. A six-sided die is needed for play.

Each turn represents one to five days, depending on the level of activity. The entire mapboard represents territory approximately 35 by 65 miles. German units typically represent divisions, while Soviet units are officially armies that were usually the rough equivalent of a German division.

Each supply point represents about 50 tons delivered per day. Each evacuated wounded factor represents 1500 men.

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January 11, 2014
This title was added to our catalog on January 11, 2014.