The game features the 11th Panzer Division and some supporting XLVIII Panzer Corps units at mostly Platoon and some Company/Battery level and the Red Army (31st Tank Corps, and other supporting elements) at Company/Battery level. The combat system utilizes combat multipliers that players must use correctly to have the best effect. Each hex is 330 meters. Turns are 2 hours long during the day and 4 hours at night. The rules are modeled around the seven battlefield operating systems which make them easily understood and easy to learn. Unlike other games at this level the rules are not massive. (7) 11" x 17" Full Color Map Sections
This system features extensive use of obstacles (mines, wire, improved positions, and fortifications), a patrol rule, overwatch fire, air and artillery support, and reserve movement. These obstacles help channel the attack and force the Germans into kill sacks and forcing them to push through the heavy resistance to take ground. Overwatch is a type of fire that allows the player to move a short distance and then setup to fire suppressive fire at enemy units that might otherwise use opportunity fire. Reserve movement will allow a player to respond to enemy movement and move more units into a hex to strengthen it before an assault.
Units are modeled to represent the 2 major types of weapons that most units have. Secondary (usually small arms) and a primary (main gun, machine guns, etc...). These weapons may fire at different targets if they want. They also effect targets differently. Suppression is also handled uniquely in this game. Units that are suppressed get a defense bonus since they take better advantage of the terrain in the hex, while at the same time they have their other factors reduced. Units are also modeled as needing transports and get the benefits of movement from them with the vulnerability that goes with it.
The battle follows the divisions actions during the 10 days of the battle. The amount of armor in this game is astonishing. Added to the other 2 games and it's tremendous. 11th Panzer has its 2 Infantry Regiments and supporting elements. The game will also force players to account for Command and Control and Supply (expressed in a different way than the other games). Maintenance and repair are critical to both sides as this determines most of the replacements that arrive every morning. Troop replacements are generated by returning casualties to the battle. Lots of these casualties are minor in nature and both sides worked hard to get these wounded back to the front quickly. Air-Ground Attack can have a significant effect on the battle and both sides have a capability in the air to affect the battle. The Germans were eventually bled white and forced to suspend Citadel.
The German attack starts facing only the soft crust and outposts the Red Army put in place to alert them of the assault's start. The Germans have overwhelming numbers for this first phase of the battle and must utilize this advantage to make every kilometer of progress they can. As the attack develops the Germans must generate fast movement through this area and break free into the tactical second echelon quickly to keep from getting bogged down. The Soviets must use terrain and their considerable obstacles to slow down and stop the Germans in their tracks. Stopping the Germans is going to be very hard. The Germans will find their force attired slowly but surely over time and the Red Army will be slaughtered in the first few days and then settle down to the grind that was the battle.
(15) Unit Counter and Marker Sheets
42 Page Rule booklet and Commentary
(1) 10 Sided Dice
Numerous charts and Tables