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[Desert war] Night breakthrough at Minquar Kaïm - June 27, 1942

Bayonet fighting in the night.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 11/27/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
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Historical Background:
After the fall of Tobruk, Axis forces, under the command of quite new promoted Feldmarchall Rommel, pursued the withdrawing British troops in Egypt. On the 25th of June, the vanguard of Panzer-armee "Afrika" arrived near Marsa Matruh. In a two days battle, the British were once again defeated and received the order to withdraw to El Alamein. But the 2nd New Zealand Division, isolated in Minquar Kaïm, 30 km south of Marsa Matruh, was obliged to breakthrough the enemy lines to escape. It was done in the night of 27th to 28th of June by a bayonet charge in a pitiless combat.German infantrymen of I/104.Schützen Rgt (21.Panzerdivision) sustained the assault. Rommel's HQ and part of the Italian division "Littorio" were involved too in this night fighting. Finally, in spite of heavy losses, the New-Zealand division reached Allied lines in El Alamein.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
Allied player [New Zealand] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Germany/Italy] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. For the Allied player, use "Exit" token rules to all hex of the Axis edge. The Axis player get a "Mort Subite" if the Rommel's HQ unit is destroyed.

Special Rules:
- Use "North African Desert" rules (Action 9).
- Use inverted "Night Attacks" rules, from the daylight to the night (Action 19).
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nation 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Royal Italian Army Command" (Nation 6) to all units with Italian badge.
- For each card that could not be used because of the night, "Air Power", "Barrage" or "Firefight", activate one unit of your choice.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°11 - El Alamein.
- Album historique 21.Panzer Division.
- "Rommel et l'Afrikakorps 1941-1943" - H.G. von Esebeck.
- "La guerre sans haine" Tome 1 - Maréchal Rommel.

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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