It's 1945 on the Eastern Front. Its a brutal, fierce, and desperate fight. The Germans are fighting at the borders of the Reich. Many of the soldiers can see their homes and will stop at nothing to prevent the Red Army from reaching them. For the Soviet soldier it is a time for revenge. Years of fighting and liberation have finally delivered the moment of crushing their fascist enemies completely. They too, will stop at nothing to make that happens. Enter into the final battles of World War II, starting with Desperate Measures.
The history of World War II during December 1944 and January 1945 often focuses on Hitler's grand Ardennes Offensive, known popularly as the Battle of the Bulge. However, while Germany's finest troops were fighting to reach Antwerp in Belgium, long and bloody winter battles raged unabated across Eastern Europe. Stalin's forces, positioned in Poland on the Vistula River, launched a general Winter Offensive aimed at reaching the Oder River, the eastern border of the Reich itself. Meanwhile, Hitler and his staff sent armies and divisions, many formed overnight, to meet the Red Army in Poland, Prussia, and Hungary. The battles on the Eastern Front, already desperate and merciless, are about to get even more so as the war closed in on the Third Reich's heartland.
Desperate Measures is the latest Flames of War supplement book. It takes players into the tough tank battles of early 1945 on the Eastern Front. The book offers tank and mechanised companies and battalions for German and Soviet armies. It also includes a general history of armoured operations in the East from January to March 1945.
The book incorporates all of the Soviet changes rolled into Red Bear (for more information on these changes, see the previous article: Back to the USSR). So it includes the updated Hen and Chicks points for T-34 tanks, new and improved Katyusha rocket launchers, and expanded medium assault guns. However, there is a lot more to explore and try out within the pages of Desperate Measures as we push the Flames of War timeline right up to the gates of Berlin!