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The Third Winter

This game covers the critical campaigns in the Ukraine region during September 1943 - April 1944. This series of battles pulled in 75% of the Soviet and 85% of the German armored and mechanized forces, nearly 60 mobile divisions. The campaign proved to be the bloodiest in the war to date and The Third Winter has the major engagements: the battle for Kiev, the winter counterstroke of Manstein's 'fire brigades', the tank battles at Kirovograd, the Korsun-Cherkassy pocket, the moving 1st Panzer Army battles (known as Hube's Pocket), the fortress battles around Ternopol in the spring of 1944, the baptism of fire for II SS Panzer Corps and the slugfest in Romania...  OCS Game 4-19, published June 2021.  Designer: Antony Birkett.  Developer:  Chip Saltsman

Four maps, 7 countersheets, scale is 1 hex = 5 mi/8 km.  Campaign game is 63 turns, from 26 September 1943 until 26 April 1944.


Game Specific PDF's: (files dated 12 August 2021 contain all errata from 17 August 2021 Errata)



Countersheets (a bit fuzzy, sorry):



  • The Order of Arrival for both players in their Player Books is in "visual" style. For traditionalists who prefer their OOA text-style:
  • Scorpions in a Bottle Play Notes - Strategy guide to the single-map Korsun Pocket scenario, by playtesters Antonio Salvatucci and Paolo De Francesco.
  • Tray Labels - Counter tray labels designed to print on adhesive labels, created by Chris Anthony

The Third Winter Vassal Module Page is here