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Ukraine '43, 2nd Edition

PUBLISHED: 2000,2015
DESIGNER: Mark Simonitch
DEVELOPER: Tony Curtis
ART DIRECTOR: Rodger B. MacGowan
MAP ART: Mark Simonitch
COUNTER ART: Mark Simonitch
PRODUCERS: Gene Billingsley, Mark Simonitch, Tony Curtis, Rodger MacGowan, Andy Lewis
Price: $55.00

COMPONENTS

  • 300+ full-color counters (one and a half counter sheets)
  • 
Two full-color mapsheets creating a 36.5" x 34" playing area.

  • 32-page Rule Book

  • 4 full-color Player Aid Cards

  • Two 6-sided dice
LIVING RULES ONLINE RESOURCES REVIEWS AWARDS
  • Charles S. Roberts Awards: Best WWII Game 2000
  • Charles S. Roberts Awards: Dunnigan Award for Design and Playabilityto Designer Mark Simonitch 2000
ORIGINAL VERSION RESOURCES

Description

Ukraine '43 2nd Edition from Designer Mark Simonitch - March 30, 2014.

The 2nd Edition has been re-designed to play much faster using the system used in France '40 and Normandy '44. Players familiar with those games will find the new Ukraine '43 very easy to learn. All the components will be upgraded -- the counters will go from half-inch to 9/16  size, the map will be enlarged so the hexes can accommodate the larger counters, and each scenario will now come with a setup card to facilitate setting up the game.

NEW FEATURES:

  • Larger units
  • Larger hexes
  • Additional Sturmgeschütz brigades and Tiger Tank battalions in the order of battle.
  • All Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions, Soviet Tank and Mechanized Corps now have a 3rd step (remnant unit).
  • Simple, classic igo-ugo system.

 

 

OLD FEATURES THAT HAVE BEEN RETAINED:
 

  • Russian Tank Army and Shock Army capabilities

  • Soviet massed artillery

  • German Tiger tanks
  • 
air power
  • differing capabilities for Marshal Zhukov and General Manstein
  • 
and Zone of Control Bonds

 


 

On August 3rd, 1943, less than two weeks after the Kursk offensive, the Soviets launched a massive offensive near Kharkov that ripped open the German line. The ensuing battle began their summer offensive that would take them across the Ukraine to the Dnieper River.

During August the two sides were equally matched and a tremendous war of attrition raged from Kharkov to the Sea of Azov with neither side willing to give ground. In September, bled white by the never-ending Soviet attacks, the German army retreated in haste to the safety of the Dnieper River. In October, the battle raged along the length of the Dnieper and for the Perekop Peninsula, the only land exit to the German 17th Army in the Crimea. During this three month period German reinforcements poured in from every sector, but it was never enough. Three Soviet Tank Armies and four Soviet Fronts ground through nineteen panzer and panzergrenadier divisions. German and Soviet losses were staggering. Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, fell on November 6th.
 
Ukraine '43 attempts to simulate this important campaign in a moderately complex game. The design uses the conventional move-fight-exploit sequence of play and the popular Zone of Control Bond rules. Soviet tank armies and German panzer corps spearhead constant attacks and counterattacks. With both sides able to attack, the game becomes a tense battle of skill and nerves.
 

Game Features

  • German Panzer Corps/Russian Tank Army capabilities
  • Soviet massed artillery
  • German tactical proficiency
  • German Tiger tanks
  • Soviet sappers
  • air power
  • differing capabilities for Marshal Zhukov and General Manstein
  • and, Zone of Control Bonds
TIME SCALE 5 days per turn
MAP SCALE 10 miles per hex
UNIT SCALE Primarily divisional.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS One or two
 

Customer Reviews
(4.36)
# of Ratings: 11
1. on 9/17/2012, said:
I normally do not like operational games. This one is enjoyable and has variety.
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2. on 8/20/2012, said:
I would like to see 5/8 counters instead of 1/2.
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3. on 9/7/2010, said:
Not sure if its worth all the trouble of setting up only to see the Germans crushed, but you might say the same thing regarding The Russian Campaign and the Soviets.
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4. on 12/2/2008, said:
good game but every game's the same.
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5. on 11/13/2008, said:
A game that gives you the feel of a desperate situation, with interesting operational problems. Mark is a great game designer and this is one of his best efforts.
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6. on 10/31/2007, said:
Great game. Graphics for both map and counters is first rate. Would like to see other East Front games using this system and graphics. Campaign to Stalingrad would be a good candidate. The C.R.T. is not very 'bloody', in comparison to other games. You'll need help from column shifts for doing damage. Lots of different unit types. Simple air and supply rules allow you to focus on moving and fighting.
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7. on 9/28/2007, said:
Fantastic game of Eastern Front warfare. Really gives you a feel for the operational nuances for both sides.
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