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Alam el Halfa Armageddon - August 30, 1942 - September 05, 1942

Western Desert Campaign
Mediterranean Theater By: Nightrain - Last update: 03/22/2012
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x5 x7 x4 x7
    first You play first


Historical Background:
The Battle of Alam el Halfa took place between 30 August and 5 September 1942 south of El Alamein during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. Panzerarmee Afrika, a German-Italian force commanded by Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel, attempted an envelopment of the British 8th Army, commanded by Bernard Montgomery. In the last major Axis offensive (Operation Brandung) of the Western Desert campaign, Rommel had planned to defeat the British 8th Army before Allied reinforcements made an Axis victory in Africa impossible.

Montgomery, who had been forewarned of Rommel's intentions by Ultra intelligence, deliberately left a gap in the southern sector of the front, knowing that Rommel planned to attack there, and deployed the bulk of his armor and artillery around Alam el Halfa ridge, 20 mi (32 km) behind the front. In a new tactic, the tanks were used in an anti-tank role, remaining in their positions on the ridge and refusing to sortie out and be destroyed as in the past.

With his supply situation precarious, and attacks on the ridge failing, Rommel ordered a withdrawal. Montgomery did not exploit his defensive victory, deciding instead to consolidate his forces for the Second Battle of El Alamein. However, the New Zealand 2nd Division launched an abortive attack on Italian positions, suffering heavy losses. Rommel was to claim that British air superiority played a decisive factor in winning the battle, being unaware of British Ultra intelligence. Rommel noted the damaging attacks had a great impact on Axis motorized forces and forced him to break off his offensive.

The price of the defeat to the Axis was not just a tactical defeat and retreat. With the Alam Halfa failure, Rommel was deprived not only of the operational ability to initiate offensives, he lost the operational and tactical ability to defend the German base in Africa. Axis strategic aims in the African theatre were no longer possible.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
British Player : Take 5 Command Cards

German Player : Take 4 Command Cards (to indicate the supply line trouble)
You move first

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals

Recon Tower and Spotter Hill are temporary medals for German forces.
Securing the tower and hill is a secondary mission to prevent the devastating Allies airstrike and primary objectives are to penetrate the minefields and seize Alam el Halfa and El Alamein from the British (both are permanent medals)

Special Rules:
North African Desert Rules are in effect

Snipers are described on p.5.

Minefields are explained on p. 8 and belongs to British player

As long as either hex of Recon Tower or Spotter hill has an Allied unit on it, the Allied player may play his 'Recon' cards as an Air Power strike for that section. Target a group of 4 or fewer adjacent hexes with enemy units on them. Air attack with 2 battle dices per hex (see 'Air Power' card for more details).

Scenario Bibliography:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Alam_el_Halfa

Warning:
Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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