Historical background: During the attacks of the winter of 1941-1942 the Soviet Red Army managed to encircle 100,000 German soldiers holding the front line in Demyansk, located half-way between Moscow and Leningrad. After receiving reinforcements, Wehrmacht unleashed an offensive from Staraya Russa. The purpose was not to evacuate the encircled units, but to re-open a land connection to the out-of-supply forces in a hope to continue controlling the area in a preparation for the future campaigns. Meanwhile, the encircled units, inadequacy supplied by Luftwaffe, engaged in a cutthroat battle for the life or death. One of the encircled German units was the 3rd SS Division Totenkopf, which earned its elite status in the fierce battles leading the defense of the pocket - a process in which the unit suffered 80% casualties. However, the German victory in Demyansk in 1942 paved way for a major German miscalculation a year later, when 300,000 German soldiers were encircled in Stalingrad in 1943, and based on the experiences from Demyansk the commanders were ordered to wait for the help instead of breaking out.
Game: You take the command of both the encircled units and the fresh divisions attempting to re-establish a land route from Staraya Russa to Demyansk as quickly as possible. To have a chance to seize the top spot in the Hall of Fame you need to lead units through the Red Army rifle divisions as quickly as possible - and maintain the newly opened route for 9 consecutive turns. All this while fiercely defending the cut-off Demyansk area with poorly supplied Wehrmacht and auxiliary units.
Objective: The game is over after you re-establish a connection between the cities of Staraya Russa and Demyansk - and maintain that connection for 9 consecutive turns.
Settings: Various options are available to alter the look of the gaming experience: Change difficulty level, hexagon size, Animation speed, choose icon set for units (NATO or REAL) and cities (Round, Shield, Square, block of houses), decide what is drawn on the map, and much more.
Good AI: Instead of just attacking on direct line towards the target, the AI opponent balances between strategic goals and smaller tasks like encircling nearby units.
In order to be a victorious general, you must learn to coordinate your attacks in two ways. First, as adjacent units give support to an attacking unit, keep your units in groups in order to gain local superiority. Secondly, it is rarely a good idea to use brute force when it is possible to encircle the enemy and cut off its supply lines instead.
To get a sense of how Conflicts: Demyansk Pocket 1942 works, try out the free 10-turn version at http://bit.ly/1cMa4zp
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