[Algeria] Battle for Oran - November 09, 1942

Operation Torch - "Lafayette, we are here !" *
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 01/26/2023
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
On the morning of November 8th, 1942, Allied troops landed in French North Africa, with the hope that the French wouldn’t fight. But in the Oran area, French troops fought against the US Center Task Force of General Fredendall. On November 9th, as US troops were approaching Oran, R-35 tanks (totally obsolete in 1942) of the 2nd RCA counter-attacked toward Tafaraoui but were stopped and destroyed by US tank-destroyers. French infantrymen of the 2nd Zouave Regiment, using their old 75mm field guns as anti-tank guns, put up stiff resistance at Missenhin and Valmy. The battle lasted until November 10th when a ceasefire was signed between the Vichy French and Allies.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis Player [Vichy France]
Take 5 Command cards.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Special Rules:
- French Army rules (Nations 7) are in effect.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for Axis units equipped with anti-tank guns (SWAs 2). Place the proper figure or badge on these units.
- Place a badge (or use the proper figure) on the Allied Tank Destroyer unit (Troops 24).
- The Sebkha of Oran is a salt lake, impassable for Armor.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°20 - Opération Torch.

* Quotation mentioned in an US advertising notice during Operation Torch and repeating a sentence said in 1917 by a US officer in front of the grave of Marquis de Lafayette.

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