On December 30th German High Command's plan to capture Bastogne called for a push from the west simultaneously with another from the east. The object of these two forces was to pinch the corridor at Assenois south of the town. With the ring closed they would turn north and with attacks by the forces surrounding the city, Bastogne would fall.
The eastern pincer consisted of the 167 Volks-Grenadier Division on the right, the 1. SS-Panzer, which had lost most of its striking power in the Kampfgruppe Peiper venture, and on the left the 5th Fallschirm-Jager Division, which was, partnered with a number of tiger tanks. The Allied forces were the understrength 134th Infantry Regiment at Lutrebois and the 137th Regiment at Villers-la-Bonne-Eau.
There was fierce and confused fighting around both of the villages through most of the morning. Late in the afternoon the Grenadiers managed to take Lutrebois and at Villers-la-Bonne-Eau the Allied forces were cut off and forced to surrender. The 4th Armor was rushed forward and a scrambled melee ensued with infantry, tanks and allied artillery finally stopping the German thrust just short of the Bastogne-Arlon road.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Axis Player: Take 5 command cards.
You move first.
Allied Player: Take 5 command cards.
Conditions of Victory:
An Axis unit that exits off the Allied side of the battlefield from a medal hex counts as one victory medal. The Axis unit is removed from play. Place one figure from this unit onto the Axis medal track. Place an objective medal on the three exit hexes.
The Axis Special Forces tank unit has 4 figures. Place an Axis special force token in the same hex with this unit to distinguish it from the other units.
The 'Air Power' card is played as an 'Artillery Bombard' card. (Issue an order to all ARTILLERY units. Units may move up to 3 hexes or battle twice.)
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