While Major Leslie’s C Squadron was fighting for its life at Schellerten, another, possibly more dangerous threat was developing behind them.
The Innerste River ran across their line of retreat. If things went sour, the bridges at Heinde would be an essential escape route. If they went well, they would be equally essential for the ‘loggies’, the logistics boys, bringing up the fuel and ammunition they’d desperately need after a hard fight.
When an assault landing by a Soviet air assault battalion took the bridges at 18:00 hours, cutting off the British force, there was little available to retake them.
Meanwhile, behind the battlefield, a Soviet airborne battalion has siezed the bridge over the Heinde River, cutting the British line of retreat, and potentially allowing the Soviet forward detachment to avoid a difficult river crossing.
The preceeding three scenarios can also be played as one biggame on a large table. If you have enough players, you canhave three players per side (with an overall general on eachside if you have even more players). Each pair of playerswould take the forces listed for one of the scenarios and belargely responsible for one of the three sub battles in theoverall battle.