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Michel Sorbet
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"A son seul aspect n'est-on pas terrasse? Nul n'est assez hardi pour l'exciter" Job 40:28
Budapeszt 1945 is a strategy game published by Mirage in 1999. The subject is very interesting as there are still not many games covering this fascinating battle. The basic game proposes 4 scenarios but many others were later published by Taktyka i Strategia.
I have been owning the game for about 12 years now and finally decided to give it a try. To many great games are on my shelves still untested

I picked the third scenario – Konrad I which covers the first part of the German counter-offensive. The objective for the Axis is to create a corridor from Budapest to the West side of the map – the corridor has to be free of Soviet units and their zones of control. The Soviets win if the Germans do not achieve their goal by turn 12 or if they manage to take Budapest.

The whole battlefield:

The Axis forces are still powerful and well entrenched.

The Soviet forces between Budapest and the relief forces.


The Axis attack begins. The Luftwaffe slows down Soviet movement – it is crucial for the German side to quickly gain as much ground as possible.

The 96 infantry division crosses the Danube and helps to annihilate the Soviet defenders west of Nyergesujfalo.

The Soviets react to the advance and quickly create a provisional line of defence.

North from Budapest on the other side of the Danube it is the Soviets who have the initiative. They will have to break the Axis defence on the Hron river though.

A quick look at the battlefield:


The Axis planes are again used to interdict Soviet movement. Some units are out of supply but this will not last for long.

The Soviet defenders east of Nyergesujfalo resist the attack - a unit is destroyed but the stack stays in place. Things are not looking good for the Axis.

Bicke is within reach of the SS units but the Soviet presence in the sector is very strong.


The situation after the Soviet moves. The fortification counters beneath the Soviet stacks is not a good things for the Germans.

The Hron sector where the Soviet motorized units try to find a gap in the Axis line. A slim chance appears in the center.


The Axis transfer their attention to the Dorog-Esztergom direction. Bicke is to well defended and the German forces to slim to concentrate on two objectives. The Soviet position east of Nyergesujfalo still holds on!

The whole battlefield seen after German attacks.

The Soviets continue to reinforce their stonewall.

Soviet forces managed to cross the Hron river but the bridgeheads are not yet a guarantee of success. The Axis defence was reinforced by the retreating 18’th SS division.

A look at the battlefield at end of turn 3. The relief force is still a looong way from Budapest.


The Axis forces keep hammering the Soviet defence but every pinned or eliminated unit is instantly replaced by a new one. Time is not on the Germans side...

The Dorog-Esztergom sector after Soviet moves.

The bridgehead over the Hron is enlarged. The Axis line is close to being pierced.

An aerial view of the battle.

The hammering of the Soviet positions continue. It can hardly be called an offensive though. The Soviet wall seems impenetrable.

South of Lake Balaton the Germans send some Panzers in a desperate sabotage action.

The Soviets respond by sending units to intercept the “blockade runner”.

The Esztergom sector after Soviet movements.

Soviets manage to push back the Axis defenders in the Hron river sector. The Hungaro-German line seems to be compromised.

A close-up.


The German Panzer storms East – the Luftwaffe helps it to gain some ground in the race to the Danube – it will reach the river before the Soviets.

The centre. Soviet units are still numerous but the constant reinforcing of the Esztergom sector left some gaps in the line.

Finally, after 6 turns of fighting the Axis managed to destroy the defensive position east of Nyergesujfalo.

In the Hron sector the Axis are still keeping a line of defence.

The battlefield seen at the end of turn 6.

The German Panzers arrive to the Danube and blow up the bridge! The Luftwaffe tries to destroy the second one – that would put the entire Soviet forces on the western bank out of supply! Unfortunately (for the Axis) the second bridge prevails.

The Germans attack in the centre pushing towards Szekesfehervar. No breakthrough is achieved though.

Same thing near Esztergom. The offensive is halted once again.

Soviet movement. The Romanian headquarters approach the Danube to repair the bridge.

The Szekesfehervar sector after Soviet counter-attack.

Despite continuous attacks the Soviets hold their ground.

On the other bank of the Danube the Soviets maintain their pressure. The bulge in the Axis defence increases and the line is about to be broken.


The valorous Panzer unit which crossed the Danube is now out of supply and doomed.

The offensive move towards Szekesfehervar continues as German cavalry come to liberate the 23 Motorized Division from encirclement.

Esztergom sector. The Axis didn’t advance a meter and they start to lack fire-power. The attrition war is a one that the Soviets just cannot loose.

Enough is enough. The Axis couldn’t hold their line any more and a general retreat towards Komarom and Nove Zamky is ordered. Some artillery pieces will be lost during the process.

The battlefield after German and Hungarian moves and attacks.

The Romanian headquarters approach the Danube. The bridge will repaired very quickly. Meanwhile the Panzer unit awaits its final clash.

The Soviets maintain their pressure in the Komarom sector. Irrelevant for the final outcome of the Esztergom clash the fighting engages some Axis units that cannot be used elsewhere.

All the centre seen at the end of turn 8. The Germans have only 3 turns left and frankly speaking, looking at the present situation their chances of reaching Budapest are very slim.


The Axis push towards Szekesfehervar is unsuccessful. The Soviet line is re-established.

Nothing is achieved in the Esztergom sector either.

The defence of the Komarom bridge.

The bridge in Beja is rebuilt. The Panzer unit is no more.

The Axis once again try to take Szekesfehervar. Once again the Soviets hold their ground.

Nothing new in the centre.

The attack on Komarom continues.


It will be now or never! The Soviets by constantly bringing reinforcements to the front line have severely weakened their forces around Budapest. The Axis, who will surely not be able to break in Esztergom decided to try a sortie from the Hungarian capital. If they manage to destroy the Soviet units they will be able to create a corridor to the western edge of the map and so to steal the game!

Despite some massive air support the attack just barely fails to destroy the Soviet defenders. They take severe losses but finish just one step away from complete destruction!

The result in Szekesfehervar is very similar. The Soviets just barely held on.

Nothing new in Esztergom. The battle outcome will not be decided here.

The Soviets block both bridges. Destroying the Soviet unit south-east of Budapest is no longer enough to achieve victory for the Axis.


Komarom under attack. As the Axis pressure on Esztergom has ended further Soviet pressure


The Axis quickly transfer their forces to Buda. They still can win if they destroy the defence on the western bank of the Danube.

The attack, again with the Luftwaffe assistance blasts away some Soviet units but the last one prevails. The blockade of Budapest is maintained.

The battlefield seen after the Axis attacks.

The Budapest sector just after Soviet movements. Additional reinforcements arrived.

Komarom after Soviet moves.

The front-line and the besieged Hungarian capital.

Looking at the board and at the situation in the Budapest sector the German side resigns. There is absolutely no chance of unblocking the Hungarian capital. The game ends with a Soviet win.

The game was fun to play. Even though the Soviets have numerical superiority the initiative is on the German side. The first few turns proved to be decisive as the German offensive was rapidly stopped a long way from its goal. Hammering the Soviet defence proved unfruitful as eliminated units were constantly replaced by new ones.

Weakening the forces blocking the Hungarian capital proved almost fatal to the Soviets. In the end they prevailed though and just like in the real battle operation Konrad 1 failed.


My other wargames session reports:
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Grunwald 1410
Normandie 1944 # 1 and Normandie 1944 # 2
Kreta 1941
Silent War
Kircholm 1605
Ardeny 1944
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Colin Raitt
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Like the report. Any bright ideas for the Germans to try?
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Michel Sorbet
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"A son seul aspect n'est-on pas terrasse? Nul n'est assez hardi pour l'exciter" Job 40:28
polate wrote:
Like the report. Any bright ideas for the Germans to try?

I believe that the key is to use a lot more strategic movement on the first turn than I did. It would enable the Germans to advance closer to Budapest.

The second thing would be to try to keep some pressure in the center.

Then again I believe it would be a good idea to give ground in the Hron river sector and to establish a defensive line near Komarom. That would liberate some precious units that could be efficiently used elsewhere.

Another thing would be to try a sortie from Budapest earlier - especially if the Soviets retreat some forces from the city outskirts.
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