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Default Re: SaS TrooP non-series or limited series scenarios WW2 Edition

Allright, here goes the last one that has just made it through the testing :3
I hope you like the originality of those scenarios - I try to cover less known stories of the war. Here we go with what-if scenario... but that indeed was a close call.

Enjoy!

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Klodzko Incident*
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Date: September 1945*
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Location: Klodzko, Silesia, modern day Poland*
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Type: Polish delay and counterattack vs. Czechoslovak advance*
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It is little known fact, but Poland and Czechoslovakia were on the verge of war shortly after World War 2 in Europe ended.
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There was great animosity between both nations dating back to interwar period. In 1919, Czechoslovak forces entered Polish controlled Zaolzie area in Upper Silesia (that was to be subjected to democratic plebiscite). The week long Polish-Czechoslovak war ended with Czech victory as Polish forces were occupied with fighting in Ukraine against Red Army in what would soon be known as Polish-Soviet War. Czech victory was a bloody one: Czech troops commited numerous atrocities in Zaolzie. They also evicted Polish majority citizens by force.
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The time of revenge came in 1938. When Germans, French and British discussed the Munich agreement - or first partition of Czechoslovakia - Polish forces entered Zaolzie after 19 years of absence and claimed the territory back. This time the invasion was bloodless. Also, Czech population was allowed to stay. Further reforms were interrupted by the outbreak of the war and subsequent occupation of Poland.
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Later on, in 1945, a new borders were drawn. Soviets, who could say the most of all on the matter, proposed a rather decent sollution. Czechs would receive the Zaolzie back. In exchange, the territory of Klodzko in Lower Silesia will be attached to Poland. It so remains to this day, with Poland having a sort of "breakaway" line in Silesia.
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Yet in 1945 Czechs were not so keen on agreeing on that partition plan. To make matters worse, there was a serious diplomatic incident on the Soviet side, where one of Soviet diplomats responsible for negotiating the precise borderline between the two nations sent diplomatic notes with wrong maps attached. These maps strongly favoured the Czechs and provided nearly entire Klodzko area for the government in Prague.
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The Czechs tooks that mistake rather seriously. They immediately accepted thge faulty note and demanded immediate polish withdrawal from the area. Warsaw, surprise to say at least, of course refused. Both nations quickly increased the military build up in Klodzko and Zaolzie areas. The crisis was promptly diffused by Soviet political intervention (supported by Stalin himself). Maps were fixed. Both sides flexed a bit and stood down under international pressure.
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But lets think of what if scenario. Lets assume Czechs are flexing longer than they should. Soviets demobilize quickly in Europe - their main attention is now shifted towards Manchuria and Korea. There is no one to stop the war now. So what happens?
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In late 1945, Polish military was bigger than Czech one. Yet Poland was damaged in huge extent and Warsaw simply could not afford to keep two full line armies in ready status. Also, it must be mentioned that Polish People's Army was already facing the UPA (Ukraine Rebel Army) on its eastern borders, as well as interior unstability caused by anti-communist partisans, commonly known as Cursed Soldiers.
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Czechoslovakia, on the other hand, was in much better shape. Bombings of the factories took its toll, yes, but in 1945 Czech military industry was much better developed compared to its polish counterpart. Czech army was smaller in size, but it could be reinforced by Czechoslovak forces pouring from France, trained and equipped by the British. These forces, commonly known as PHK, spent most of the war on the western front besieging the port of Dunkirk. After the war, PHK - mainly in form of entire tank brigade equipped with Cromwells - arrived in Czechoslovakia and offered itself for the service of government in Prague. At the same time, Czech industry was working hard, producing ex-German vehicles such as Hetzers and selling them to many customers (eg. Switzerland). Czech airforce received new batches of freshly made Avias S-199 - the copies of Messerschmitt BF-109 pattern aircraft that was also produced in Bohemia.
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In other words: Czechs were damn ready to fight. And that war would be a vicious and bloody one, as both nations had a score to settle that was interrupted by the Reich. In this scenario the war finally breaks out in September, both in Zaolzie and Klodzko.
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Commander. You control - first and foremost - entire 35th Infantry Regiment of Polish People's Army's 7th Infantry Division stationed nearby. You are supported by local People's Police company (Milicja). There are some elements of UB forces stationed, too (UB was Secret State Police, rough equivalent of NKVD). Your force is spread thinly along local villages and Klodzko itself. The city can however afford a defence for a while - this is due to old citadel built by the Austrians in XVIII century and later expanded by the Prussians. Remember however that your force is typical Soviet pattern infantry regiment. Your anti-tank capacity is low and due to sheer terrain of your responsibility cannot be properly concentrated.
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There is a massive build-up of Czechoslovak forces in your area. We confirm the pressence of PHK tank brigade with their Cromwells and motorized infantry. We have also spotted Czech T-34s. It seems 1st Czechoslovak Independent Tank Brigade of general Svoboda joint forces with their brothers from the west. We expect they will push hard and quick. They will likely attempt to swiftly overrun Klodzko and set up defensive positions so that our counterattack will not be able to dislodge them. Such outcome would be a propaganda disaster as Czechs would quickly call it a win. In that case protracted conflict would not stand - we are already irritating Moscow greatly. Majority of 1st Army is still stuck in Vohlyn area fighting Ukrainian rebels. We rushed what we could to Zaolzie though.
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We have dispatched the rest of 7th Infantry Division in the area, as well as other units of Polish 2nd Army. Entire 1st Tank Corps is also there, but we are canibalising equipment and suffering from shortage of crews. Thus we deployed 4th Armoured Brigade in advance, together with divisional artillery.
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Commander, if the Czechs will move in, give them hell. Do not step back and resist stubbornly. Prevent them from capturing the bridges over Nysa river in Klodzko, as that will be the end of it. They will be most likely quicker than your fellow Polish. But we are coming, have no fear. Use engineers, use formidable 85mm AT guns we attached to your regiment. Sustain a defence until 4th Armoured will arrive. We will then jointly push in counterattack. It will be us-or-them scenario. Should the bridges hold for long enough, we will give them armoured battle they seek so badly. If we annihilate both armoured brigades in one day, Czech cause will be lost and we will emerge victorious from that war.
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Good luck!
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This scenarios should be played from Polish side with Czechoslovakia as AI. Important note: since you might get overrun, it is allowred (and suggested) to use your left-behind units to recapture the lost objectives. It might slow down the Czechoslovak speed of advance. Also note that PHK brigade is organized after British pattern, thus is it noticeably bigger compared to its Soviet-pattern counterpart.
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Design: Marcin "SaS TrooP" Kaluza*
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Sources: Fictional scenario, however it was indeed THAT close back in 1945. Historically though the conflict would most likely occur in June or July (rather than September). Also, both Czech brigades would most likely opperate on different fronts. In this scenario they are closely cooperating for greater effect. It must be though noted that Zaolzie would be a better tank suited battlegrounds rather than hilly Klodzko, itself being river valley and gorge between two main Silesian mountain ranges (thus its strategic importance).
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