Battle of Bilbao (Spanish Civil War) - June 11, 1937 - June 19, 1937

Guerra Civil Española - Battle of Bilbao (resistance in the iron belt)
Western Front By: Samuel_Madrid - Last update: 07/16/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x9 x4 x9
first You play first    

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Historical Background:
On June 11 of 1937 begins the nationalist offensive to surrender the Bilbao city. Nationalist troops, consisting of 65,000 soldiers commanded by the Fidel Davila and composed by the operational divisions of Navarre, the C.T.V italians, the significant support of German and Italian tanks, artillery, Panzer 1 and CV35, are ready to assault the Iron Belt, a line of defense consisting of bunkers and trenches trying to imitate with deficiences a French Maginot line. Opposite is a powerful garrison composed of 50000 men who compose the Republican northern army under Colonel Gamir Ulibarri, also have Basque nationalist volunteers, enraged by the recent bombing of German Condor Legion to the Basque cities of Guernica and Durango. The battle can be decisive for the future of the war. If the army of the north resists in Bilbao, other Republican troops can break the front in Madrid and Aragon for their numerical superiority. Conversely, if it falls defeated Nationalist troops, with the Italian CTV and the German Condor Legion will move to these fronts to giving superior numbers and arms.

The stage is ready, the troops in their positions and you are in command. The rest is history.

National player: 5 cards. you move first.
Republican player: 4 cards. (The inferiority of the Republican side in cards reflects the lack of cooperation of the 3 different army groups north: Asturias, Santander, and Vizcaya).

Conditions of Victory:
National player: 9 Medals.
Player Republican: 9 Medals. (The player starts with a Republican permanent medal award to continue fighting with great courage after the strong bombing of Guernica).

The high number of medals for victory intended to reflect the length of the fence to the "iron belt Bilbao". This was a long battle of attrition until the fall of the city.

Special Rules:
The 3 hex of Bilbao (2 hex city and 1 hex bridge) are temporary medals for the national side.

The mines in the iron belt only have effect for the national player. The Republican player is not affected by mines


The Republican troops marked with the distinctive international brigades are special units of resistance. They can move into towns and forests and fight in the same turn (card of countries number 1 - French Resistance). Represents the Biscay army "Eusko Gudarostea" (XIV Corps).

The Republican troops marked with red star logo are special infantry units. (card of troops number 2). I represent the Army Corps of Euskadi composed of communists and anarchists.

There is a Republican sniper unit in the suburbs of Bilbao medal does not count if low. (card of troops number 10).

The national infantry troops that are marked with the insignia of the Afrika Corps and Italian militias are special forces. (card of troops number 2). (Represents Navarre brigades of Garcia Valiño)

There is a united national engineers who are north of the fence to belt Bilbao. (These troops could clear mines and attack without reduction of the dice against the fortifications and villages. (card of troops number 4). Represents the V Brigade Navarre was the first brigade to enter the city.

There is a national sniper unit on the outskirts of the siege of Bilbao medal does not count if low. (card of troops number 10).

-TANKS (Tanks National: CV-35 and Panzer 1), (Republicans Tanks: T26 and FT-17).
Republicans tanks an national tanks can only move a maximum of 2 hexagons for movement. This reduction in movement represents the low mobility of the tanks of the period.

AVIATION: (Legion Condor and Italian Aviation).
The national army aviation played a decisive role in this battle and has complete superiority. The national player can make using the constant bombardment with the card RECON 1 (Action Letter No. 3 - AirStrikes-Blitz).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Illustrated History of the Spanish Civil War (Editorial Libsa).
- google maps
- wikipedia.

Map created by Spanish users of Memoir 44: IVANYEL and SAMUEL_MADRID.

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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