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21660U  [Germany] The battle of Stadensen
April 15, 1945
Western Front
Night attack.
By: jdrommel - Last update: 07/31/2020

Historical Background:
In April 1945, the 2nd British Army advanced toward Uelzen, a strategic crossroads between Hamburg and Berlin. The new Panzer Division "Clausewitz" was ordered to counter-attack south of Uelzen to give a sharp check to the Brits. On the 14th of April, the villages of Stadensen and Nettelkamp were captured by the 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division with the support of tanks of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade. In the middle of the night, two German armoured columns, with infrared devices mounted on tanks and half-tracks vehicles, attacked the British by surprise and retake quickly Nettelkamp. In Stadensen, the British soldiers, warned by the battle for Nettelkamp, were ready for a new fight. German tanks and half-tracks received a bad welcome by PIAT anti-tank weapons and had to fight against "Churchill" tanks of the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards at close range in the night. In the morning, the Brits were reinforced by a "Achilles" Tank Destroyer unit. Finally, the Germans didn't succeed to retake Stadensen and the city of Uelzen was captured by the British Army on the 18th of April.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United Kingdom] : 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The two hexes of Nettelkamp and the three hexes of Stadensen form each a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 medal for whoever controls the villages.
So the Allied player begins the game with two medals in his victory path.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the four Axis infantry units with elite badges.
- Re-supply rules (Actions 24) are in effect for Half-Tracks (Troops 18).
- Use "Tank Destroyer" rules (Troops 24) to the British armoured unit with TD badge.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for the British unit equipped with Anti-Tank weapons (SWAs 5).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Bataille & Blindés" n°94 - Le dernier coup de griffe de la "Clausewitz".

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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