Red Orchestra 3.1 Maps

RO-Kharkov - On the 19th of February 1943, the Germans had started a counter-offensive, von Manstein's famous backhand blow. The Soviets were caught off guard, many elements being surrounded and cut off. The SS-PanzerKorps under Hausser took the opportunity to retake the city, having passed by it to the North. They split their forces into various Kampfgruppen and attacked from the North on 11th March. Kampfgruppe Hansen penetrated quickly into the city and in the afternoon of 12th March they enveloped Dzerzhinsky Square and the GosProm, taking both in a sharp fight, with support from the tanks of Kampfgruppe Witt.

RO-Konigsberg - No in-game description.

RO-KrasnyiOktyabr - Krasnyi Oktyabr Factory, Stalingrad, 29th September 1942. The German drive to the Volga brought 6th Army to Stalingrad - mostly on foot - by August 1942.

During August and into September, they drove steadily through the city, assisted by constant pounding from the Luftwaffe, pushing the Soviet 62nd Army ever backwards.

On the 29th September, the Germans launch a full-scale assault on the Krasnyi Oktyabr plant, aiming for nothing less than clearing it completely. The Soviet positions in the factory, initially held by militia raised from the factory workers, had been reinforced by the 308th Rifle Division, who were well dug in. Instead of taking the 3 days planned, the Germans wound up embroiled in a desperate fight for the factory, room by room, for months to come.

RO-Moscowhighway - On the 1st December, 292nd Infanterie Division forced recon elements through the gap between the Soviet 5th and 33rd Armies, with the aim of turning 5th Army’s flank on the Moscow-Minsk highway. The advance guard of the division was about to achieve its aim, when the scout cars ran into a lone 45mm anti-tank gun, entrenched in a bunker, covering the only road. While the gun crew take cover, the Germans attempted to force the position, now being held by Soviet rifle troops hastily brought into position.

RO-Ponyri - 8th July, 1943 - The Germans make yet another attempt to crush the Soviet defenses in Ponyri. The remains of 3 Soviet Divisions defends what little they have left, in this small rustic town.

RO-RedGodOfWar - Operation Mars: Tsitsina, November 1942||Operation Mars was planned as a sister operation to Saturn, the counterattack at Stalingrad. The target in this case was Model's 9th Army. Unlike 6th Army, the 9th was no easy target. Having sat in the Rzhev salient for almost a year, the german defenders were well entrenched and had ample mobile reserves. The result was a disaster for the soviets.

This map is based on a night attack by the 35th Mechanized Brigade against the 2nd Luftwaffe Field Division. The Luftwaffe troops managed to put up a spirited defense, but were unable to stop the soviet tanks, which rumbled up to the defenses and blasted the germans at point blank range. After a sharp fight, the germans melted in the woods surrounding the town. The soviets had won the initial fight, but that was only the beginning.

RO-Rostov - On July 9th 1942, the German 111 Infanterie Division was pushing as quickly as possible through the streets of Rostov, with the objective of clearing the city to allow the railhead to be brought into use. The last defenders of the city, shipped back in across the Don from the 56th Army reserves, were the natives of Rostov themselves, the 339th Rostov Rifle Division.

RO-Sevastopol - In the summer of 1942, the Germans were advancing once again across the Don Basin region, heading for the Caucasian oilfields and the Volga at Stalingrad.

In the Crimea, they had finally reduced the Soviet forces holding out on the Kerch peninsula and von Manstein's 11 th Army was preparing to assault the heavily-fortified city of Sevastopol yet again.

RO-Spartakovka - With most of the city of Stalingrad fallen to the Germans, only a couple of areas in downtown Stalingrad, some of the Lazur Chemical Plant, the Red Barricades Steel Works and the northern end of the Dzherzinsky Tractor Factory remain in Soviet hands.

Chuikov’s 62nd Army – or the elements that still survive – are defending them metre-by-metre.

On the 11th November, von Paulus, following his Fuhrer’s orders, launches another assault to clear the remaining areas of the Factory District, regardless of the now-obvious Soviet build-up to the north and south of Stalingrad. Only a week later, the massive Soviet counter-offensive will start, trapping the German 6th Army.

RO-Warsaw - After the destruction of the German Army Group Centre by the Soviets in the summer campaign of 1944, the Soviets had stopped just short of Warsaw.

On 12th January, the Soviets unleashed their Winter campaign in the north, breaking through the thinly-held German lines within a matter of hours. As the vast bulk of the Soviet forces in the area charged northwest for the Baltic coast, the Soviet 47th Army and 1st Polish Army (operating under Soviet authority) encircled Warsaw and quickly reduced the German garrison.