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The Bear Marches West: 12 Scenarios for 1980s NATO vs Warsaw Pact Wargames
The Bear Marches West: 12 Scenarios for 1980s NATO vs Warsaw Pact Wargames
The Bear Marches West: 12 Scenarios for 1980s NATO vs Warsaw Pact Wargames
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The Bear Marches West: 12 Scenarios for 1980s NATO vs Warsaw Pact Wargames

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NATO kept the Warsaw Pact behind the Berlin Wall until its dissolution - but what if it hadn't?

The Bear Marches West contains 12 wargame scenarios set during a fictional Warsaw Pact invasion of West Germany in the 1980s. All the scenarios are based on battles depicted in well-known novels, and are designed to be used with whatever rules the players wish.

Each scenario includes the battle's context, weather conditions, deployments, force lists and a colour map. The scenarios range in scale from small skirmishes, with a company on each side, to large engagements, with Soviet regiments bearing down on smaller but better-equipped NATO units.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateJan 26, 2015
ISBN9781507081570
The Bear Marches West: 12 Scenarios for 1980s NATO vs Warsaw Pact Wargames
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Russell Phillips

Russell Phillips writes military history and RPG books. Born and brought up in a mining village in South Yorkshire, they have lived and worked in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cumbria and Staffordshire. Russell has always had a deep interest in history and conflicts all over the world, and enjoys sharing their knowledge with others through clear, factual accounts which shine a light on events of the past. Their articles have been published in Miniature Wargames, Wargames Illustrated, The Wargames Website, and the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers' Journal. They have been interviewed on WW2TV, BBC Radio Stoke, The WW2 Podcast, and Cold War Conversations. They currently live in Stoke-on-Trent with their wife and two children.

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    The Bear Marches West - Russell Phillips

    Opening Shots

    On the first day of the war, the battalion scouts retreat, leaving Team Yankee to hold the position against the lead Soviet battalion.

    Map

    Weather

    Fine weather, good visibility.

    Deployments

    The U.S. forces are set up on the western hill, in prepared defensive positions.

    The Soviet forces enter the table from the eastern edge.

    Soviet Forces: Motor-Rifle Battalion

    Battalion Command

    2x BMP-2K

    2x T-72

    2x BTR-60

    1x MTU-72 bridging tank

    2x ZSU 23-4

    Motor-Rifle Company

    1x BMP-2 with command section

    3x BMP-2 with infantry section

    2x BMP-2 with infantry section

    2x BMP-2 with infantry section

    Motor-Rifle Company

    1x BMP-2 with command section

    2x BMP-2 with infantry section

    2x BMP-2 with infantry section

    2x BMP-2 with infantry section

    Motor-Rifle Company

    1x BMP-2 with command section

    3x BMP-2 with infantry section

    2x BMP-2 with infantry section

    1x Tank Company

    1x T-72 (command vehicle)

    Tank Platoon

    3x T-72

    Tank Platoon

    3x T-72

    Tank Platoon

    2x T-72

    1x Off-Table Artillery Battalion

    3x batteries, each with 6x 2S3 152mm SP guns

    U.S. Forces

    1x Tank Company

    2x M1 Abrams (command vehicles)

    2x Platoons, each with 4x M1 Abrams

    1x Infantry Platoon

    1x M113 (command vehicle)

    4x M113 with infantry section & M47 Dragon ATGM

    1x Anti-Tank Platoon

    2x M901 ITV

    Objectives

    The Soviet player needs to destroy or rout the U.S. forces. The U.S. forces simply need to hang on.

    Mackall's Defence

    On the first day of the war, Sergeant Mackall is part of an armoured cavalry troop deployed in front of a German village.

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