Saint-Aignan de Cramesnil - August 08, 1944

Unternehmen Beowulf
Western Front By: RBorg - Last update: 07/24/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
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Historical Background:
On the morning of August 8, 1944, German Tank ace Michael Wittmann found himself leading a handful of Tiger tanks, supported by a few Panzer IV and Stug IV, into a counter-attack near the town of St. Aignan-de-Cramesnil. With nearby Cintheaux already under heavy artillery fire from the Anglo-Canadian forces of Operation Totalize, Wittmann did not want to wait for the mass of enemy tanks to regroup. Much to the Allies' surprise his Tigers sprung forward in the open along Route Nationale 158.

But lying in ambush to the south, under cover of the woods, were the tanks of A Squadron, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry. With the Tigers now clearly in sight, the Sherman Fireflies of Commander Gordon and Gunner Joe Ekins went to work. Within 12 minutes, all 3 Tigers within range were destroyed - including Tiger 007, its turret and hapless hero blown-off.

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

Briefing:
Axis Player
[Germany]
Take 5 Command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player
[Canada]
Take 4 Command cards.
Allies were surprised: Draw - and keep - two cards after turns 1 and 2. You will then have a hand of 6 Command cards for the rest of the battle.

Conditions of Victory:
5 Medals.

Special Rules:
The Allied Battery is a Big Gun battery (Troops 3 - Big Guns).

Tiger tank rules are in effect (Troops 16 - Tigers). The Tiger tank marked with a Battle Star is Michael Wittmann's: It may ignore 1 flag; battle at +1d when not moving; and its Battle Star does not count as an additional Victory medal for the enemy.

The three hexes of dense vegetation next to the village by the crossroad are Orchards. Play them like Jungle hexes (Terrain 57 - Jungles).

Air Rules are not in effect. The Air Sortie cards are set aside and are not used in this mission.

Scenario Bibliography:
Big Guns

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