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[Desert War] Battle of Tobruk - April 13, 1941 - April 14, 1941

Desert Rats vs Rommel
Mediterranean Theater By: 50th - Last update: 01/28/2014
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x8 x6 x6 x7
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Historical Background:
The Australian 9th Division was commanded by Maj. Gen. Leslie J. Morshead, and had only recently been sent to the desert. They were green, but they held off the superior German and Italian troops of Gen. Erwin Rommel. The 9th Division had some captured Italian equipment, mostly trucks, artillery, and a tank destroyer. But their own ammunition and equipment was sparse. Most of their armor were in the shop the day Rommel attacked. Air cover was provided by a couple Hawker Hurricanes and Bristol Blenheim bombers. The defenses were arranged in defensive rings all the way to the wadis. The German and Italian units against them were formidable. The German 5th Light Division had strong armored forces, but they were not yet fully equipped. They also had a reconnaissance unit with armored cars, artillery, anti-tank and anti-aircraft battalions. The anti-tank units fielded mostly 37mm and 50mm weapons with very few 88mm anti-tank guns. The Italians consisted of the Ariete Armored Division, the Brescia Infantry Division, and the Trento Motorized Division. The Germans had good reason to be confident, most of their fighters, although new to desert warfare, had served in Poland and France. They were confident in their air support, and their Mark III and Mark IV Panzers were superior to most British tanks. But the Aussies had good artillery support, and about half of the German air support was out of service.

Briefing:
Axis: take 6 command cards and move first.

Allies: take 8 command cards and move second.

Conditions of Victory:
Axis: You must take Tobruk as a permanent victory medal and take 6 more medals.

Allies: You must take 6 victory medals

Special Rules:
Air Rules are in effect.
British Commonwealth Forces rules are in effect. For rules, see Nations card #5 or page 7 of MT rulebook.
Italian Royal Army Command Rules are in effect. For rules, see Nations card #6 or page 7 of MT rulebook.
SWA Antitank Gun in effect. For rules, see SWA card #2 or page 8 of MT rulebook.
The British armor unit with two figures is an Italian Tank Destroyer. For rules on Tank Destroyer, see Troops Card #24.
The German Antitank Gun is a Heavy Anti-Tank Gun. See Troops Card #23.
North Africa Desert Rules are in effect. For rules, see Actions card #9, or page 7 of MT rulebook.
The Minefield belongs to the British, for rules on minefields, see Terrain Card #29.
For rules on engineers, see Troops Card #4.

Scenario Bibliography:
Campaigns of WWII Day by Day by Bishop and McNabb
Wikipedia

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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