Steel Division II campaigns and missions
Steel Division 2 has a sizable offer for fans of single player modes.
Steel Division 2’s new turn-based Dynamic Strategic Campaign mode! In the new Army General mode, you will be able to play through a dynamic campaign that faithfully represents, on a 1:1 scale, some of the most important Operation Bagration battles that took place on the Eastern Front in the summer of 1944. You will be able to pick either side, German or Soviet, and command dozens of authentic battalions and air squadrons. Each campaign covers a different sector of the front and runs for a select number of days.
Steel Division 2 ships with four different Army General campaigns, with more available as DLC.
|Orsha Campaign||★★★||Soviet Union||Germany||June 23rd to June 26th||Orsha campaign order of battle|
|Berezina Campaign||★★||Soviet Union||Germany||June 26th to July 3rd||Berezina campaign order of battle|
|Bobruisk Campaign||★||Soviet Union
|Germany||June 27th to July 2nd||Bobruisk campaign order of battle|
|Baranovitchi Campaign||★||Soviet Union||Germany||July 3rd to July 9th||Baranovitchi campaign order of battle|
|Vistula Campaign||★★★||Soviet Union||Germany||July 27th to August 5th||Vistula campaign order of battle|
|Karelia campaign||★★★||Soviet Union||Finland|
Missions[edit | edit source]
|Stemming the Tide||2v1||Although the garrison at Orscha was still stubbornly holding on, the Soviet armored breakthrough forces had bypassed it already and were racing through the undefended German rear. The only regular Wehrmacht unit available in the area was the anti-partisan French collaborationist LVF (Grenadier-Regiment 638). In a desperate effort to stem the tide, and only supported by a handful of Tigers and Stukas, their mission was to slow down the Soviet onslaught long enough to allow for much-needed reinforcements to be brought up to the front.||June 26, 1944|
|Desperate Measures||2v2||While the lead elements from 5. Panzer-Division managed to hold back the main Soviet armored forces along the Moscow-Minsk highway, fast-moving cavalry and mechanized troops had forced their way across the Berezina river further north. These units were now bearing down on Minsk. Gathering as many tanks from the front as possible, General von Saucken used his new ad-hoc battlegroup in a desperate counter-attack against the key Pleshchenitsy crossroads - already under Soviet control thanks to the support of local partisans. In the skies above, the Luftwaffe made a special effort that day, matching the Soviet Air Force in aircraft for a brief moment.||July 1, 1944|
|Last Hope||2v2||Right after its opening move against Vitebsk, 1st Baltic Front wheeled north toward Lithuania in pursuit of the remnants of 3. Panzerarmee. However, the Soviets got too bold and overextended their line. In a natural bottleneck near Lake Naratch in northwest Belarus, the retreating Germans saw an opportunity. Using a shortened front to concentrate a small but powerful mechanized battlegroup, Gruppe Hoppe reminded the incoming Soviets that they were not to be underestimated, even in defeat.||July 4, 1944|
|Terminus Krupki||2v1||The delaying action fought at Bobr by Kampfgruppe Bridoux bought schwere Panzer Abteilung 505 precious time to detrain its Tiger heavy tanks at Krupki station, just behind the frontline. Their objective was to stabilize the defenses and deny the Soviet use of the highway. But on June 28th, another Soviet assault, this time coming from the north and supported by partisans, managed to enter Krupki proper and engage the Tigers where they were at their most vulnerable - close range.||June 28, 1944|
|Cavalry Action||2v2||As the main pincers of the Soviet offensive were converging on Minsk from Bobruisk and Orscha, the Red Army launched another armored thrust further west, toward Baranovichi, in an effort to trap Army Group Center in a second encirclement. Well aware of the danger, Feldmarschall Model detrained the incoming 4. Panzer-Division in Baranovichi to create a new defensive line to the west of the Belarus capital. But before the whole division had arrived, its lead elements were sent in an urgent counter-attack to the east, to help the weary 4. Kavallerie-Brigade - pushed out of Slutsk, and in grave danger of being completely overrun.||July 1, 1944|
|Autobahn zur Holle||3v3||Immediately after striking Vitebsk, the Soviets launched a second all-out offensive along the strategic Moscow-Minsk highway further south at Orsha. This German strongpoint, defended by one of the Wehrmacht’s best infantry divisions, the 78. Sturm, had thwarted all previous attacks in early 1944. But this time, the Soviets gathered massive amounts of air, artillery, and engineer units in support of the elite assault elements from 26th and 84th Guards Rifle Divisions leading the attack.||June 23, 1944|
|Memento Mori||2v2||On July 20th, the German garrison in the eastern Polish city of Siedlce was relieved from an impending encirclement by the timely arrival and subsequent swift counter-attack of the IV. SS-Panzerkorps, which included the elite 3. SS-Panzerdivision “Totenkopf” and 5. SS-Panzerdivision “Wiking”. However, only four days later, the Soviet vanguard managed to move past the town and threatened to surround it further west.
While “Wiking” was fixed in place by the Red Army and unable to reposition, a small battlegroup from the “Totenkopf” was formed around the division’s Panther battalion and rushed to face the new threat. Already on location were hard-pressed Wehrmacht elements from the 102. Infanterie-Division, desperately trying to beat back the assault of the Soviet 11th Tank Corps’ lead armored brigades.
|July 24, 1944|
|Escape from Brest||2v2||After much debate and frequent delays, the German garrison of “Fortress Brest-Litovsk”, a rag-tag battlegroup of security regiments and weary soldiers from fragmented units, were allowed to break out west. While detachments from 3. SS-Panzerdivision “Wiking” were supposed to counter-attack from friendly lines to clear the way, these relief forces were re-routed at the last minute towards Warsaw to contain the Soviet mobile forces advancing on the Polish capital. This left the ill-equipped Kampfgruppe Felzmann to its own devices. Stranded in the open, the ad hoc formation had to fight through dense formations of Red Army cavalry units, with the only help to come from hastily formed elements of the 102. Infantrie-Division and a Luftwaffe that put in an extra effort that day.||July 27, 1944|
|Fighting Retreat||2v2||While most of the German armored forces holding the frontline were hurried back west to prevent Warsaw from falling to the Soviet vanguard, the Wehrmacht infantry divisions left manning the defenses began to crumble at once under the incessant pressure from an ever-advancing Red Army. The German XX. Armee-Korps, under threat of being encircled, managed to extract most of its troops from a shrinking Sieldce pocket. The German headquarters left a cavalry detachment behind near the eastern Polish town of Losice to cover its retreat.||July 30, 1944|
|River of Blood||3v3||The Vistula river was the last major natural obstacle between the Red Army and the German border, and Operation Bagration’s ultimate goal had always been to secure a vital bridgehead before the Germans could re-establish a coherent frontline. On August 2nd, with the Soviet spearheads bogged down only a few kilometers from the Polish capital, an attempt was made to cross the river. The assault took place south of Warsaw in order to bypass the strongest of the German defenses. The “Red Poles” from the Soviet-controlled Polish People’s Army were selected to lead the attack. As such, Stalin could later claim he orchestrated the attack to assist the Polish Home Army trying to liberate their capital. In reality, the meager Soviet support did little to help the besieged resistance fighters further north.||August 2, 1944|
|Fate of a Nation||2v2||The Leningrad Front’s main attempt at invading Finland’s heartland having been foiled in front of Ihantala, Stavka places all its hopes for a quick victory in one final offensive.
Aimed at the Ilomantsi sector - remote and loosely defended - the attack initially makes good progress until the Finnish general Rääppana takes command of all troops in the area. He brings with him fresh reinforcements from Karelia. In a masterful display of Finnish Mötti encirclement tactics, Rääppana counter-attacks and isolates two Soviet divisions in several pockets. From hunters, the Red Army has become prey. In a desperate bid to save what they can, Stavka sends elite naval infantry to try to break the Finnish trap...
|August 13th, 1944|
|The Last Battle||3v3||After a few days resting, regrouping and celebrating the capture of Vyborg, the Red Army prepares to attack again in the last phase of its Karelian offensive. This final push should bring Finland to its knees.
However, the Finns are well aware of the decisive importance of the upcoming battle, one which will decide the fate of Finland after the war: free or Soviet occupation. The Finnish Army has brought forward every single available soldier, tank and plane.
When the Red Army assault troops advance to the key crossroads at Portinhoikka, the Finns throw everything they have at them. The result is one of the rare mechanized engagements of the war on this part of the front…
|June 27th, 1944|