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6592A  The capture of Biesheim
February 03, 1945 - February 04, 1945
Western Front
Last battle in Alsace.
By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/20/2011

Historical Background:
In Alsace, combats are drawing to an end; the Colmar pocket is being reduced by the 1st French Army, and the troops of the German XIX.Armee, decimated and demoralized. are withdrawing toward Chalampé bridge over the Rhine in a bid to find some protection behind the Siegfried line. The rear guard, consisting of units of the 2.Gebirgsjäger Division entrenched in Biesheim, covers the German retreat. On February 3, 1945, the 3rd US Infantry Division attacks. The battle is fierce and last two days. The company of 1st lieutenant Audie Murphy, having take position in the cemetery, is involved from start to finish. Biesheim marks Audie Murphy's last engagement as an infantryman; following this battle, he was designated liaison officer of the division and would no longer be involved in 1st line combat.

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

Axis player [Germany]
Take 5 Command cards.

Allied player [United States]
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

The church of Biesheim is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
The Axis armor unit is an elite tank unit (Troops 2 - Specialized Units).

The canal and Giessen river are impassable except through the bridges (Terrain 8 - Rivers & Waterways).

For the Axis player only, the "Air Power" card is played as a "Barrage" card instead.

Set-up Order