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Weiler-Putscheid - December 16, 1944

Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein
Western Front By: rasmussen81 - Last update: 01/17/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x5 x5 x5
first You play first    


Historical Background:
At about 5:45 am on December 16, 1944, an artillery barrage woke up the men of the I Company, 3rd Battalion, 110th Regiment, 28th US Infantry Division positioned near Weiler in Luxembourg. What would be known as the Battle of the Bulge had just begun.

After the opening barrage, German troops advanced through the early morning mist for their last major offensive in the Western Front. The 26th Volksgrenadier Division under Generalmajor Heinz Kokott attacked "Weisse Wak" where they ran into the Machine Gun section of M company, the 1st Platoon of I Company, and the 3rd Battalion observation post. At the same time, the German 5th Parachute Division under Colonel Ludwig Heilmann launched a strong attack on Schmuelen and Weiler where they encountered the rest of I Company, including their 81mm Mortar sections.

The 3rd Battalion offered fierce resistance on all fronts and in Weiler, the Germans called a cease-fire part way through the morning to gather their dead and wounded. Numbers were against the US troops though, and as evening arrived they began to run out of ammunition. During the night of December 16, 3rd Platoon of I Company tried to withdraw from Weiler to Battalion HQ, but the countryside was so full of German patrols that morning found them surrounded on three sides and most of the survivors were captured. In "Weisse Wok", 1st Platoon of I Company called an artillery barrage on their own position in a desperate effort to stop the German advance, but only one man survived the barrage and the observation post was completely destroyed. Most of the American soldiers in the sector were either captured or killed and the Germans continued their offensive, having lost more men than they expected against such a small American force.

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

Briefing:
Axis Player: Take 6 Command Cards
You move first.

Allied Player: Take 5 Command Cards

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals.

The Church in Weiler and the hex at Weisse Wak each count as temporary victory medals for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
Minefields are laid by the Allied player (Minefields - Terrain 29).

Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the unit equipped with Mortars (SWAs 3 - Mortar).

The Allied Elite Infantry unit in Weisse Wak is a heavy machine gun unit. Until Heavy Machine-Gun rules are available, play this unit as Elite.

Scenario Bibliography:
"G.I. Thomas R. Myers, Prisoner of War in Germany" by Marcel Scheidweiler
Interviews with Tom Myers, Veteran of World War II and survivor of this battle and several others.

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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