The base of the 8th Army defence was the Alam Halfa ridge, & the foundation of this defence known as the Western Spur. By midday the 15th Panzer Division had fought its way to the Ridge, in spite of the Death of its Commanding officer General Georg von Bismarck and the wounding of DAK commander General Walther Nehring. The attack was lead by some MK IV with long barrelled 75mm guns that took out several Grants at long range. Just as the 15th Panzer Division was gaining momentum, the 5th Royal Tank Regiment was thrown in to stem the tide.
The 21st Panzer Division also pushed the attack along the Western Spur, under sustained Heavy Air attack from RAF aircraft who all but halted the attacks of the less eager Italian Armour. Here too the MK IVs had long range on the Grants & Major Alexander Cameron's "A" squadron lost three Grants before they even got a shot off. Acuate British artillery & air strikes forced the Germans to move closer on their enemy, however the British gunners held their nerve. While the Panzers had closed to a range of 300 yards, a murderous barrage of 6-Pounders was added to the artillery & air strikes already crashing o the Germans. With the timely arrival of the Royal Scots Grey, the assault on the Western Spur was checked, & the 21st Panzer division fell back.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Afrika Korps player: 4 command cards
You move first
British player: 4 command cards
Conditions of Victory:
Objective locations do not count as victory medals for the Afrika Korps player. Instead if the Afrika Korps player can capture two of the three objective locations the Afrika Korps player wins immediately.
North Africa Desert rules are in effect (see p. 3).
Axis armor units move 1-3 hexes.
Allied armor units move 1-2 hexes.
All Afrika Korps Infantry units are Elite units. They may move 2 and still battle.
The Oxford Companion to World War 2 - By John Keegan
The World War 2 Databook - By John Ellis
Atlas of World war 2 - By David and Andrew Wiest
ASL Scenario J80 Egypt's Last Hope
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.