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The closing of the South Beveland isthmus - October 02, 1944 - October 23, 1944

(Battle of the Scheldt)
Western Front By: montrealmovil - Last update: 11/20/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the failure of Operation Market Garden on September 1944, Montgomery realized that Allied armies needed to open the Scheldt estuary, gateway to the sea for the port of Antwerp, in order to receive essential supplies. The task was entrusted mainly to the First Canadian Army. The battle began on October 2 and was fought until November 8.

From October 2 until October 23, the 2nd Canadian Division advanced north-east from Antwerp to isolate the German forces deployed on South Beveland from the units on Dutch mainland. Canadian infantry coming across flooded and muddy terrain, faced the resistance of German elite paratroopers, well fortified in Woensdrecht and along a railway embankment west of Korteven. Despite suffering heavy casualties, Canadians finally cut Beveland and Walcheren from mainland, accomplishing the first objective of the campaign. The battle is considered by some historians to have been waged on the most difficult battlefield of the Second World War.

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

Axis player
Take 5 Command cards.

Allied player (Canada)
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Special Rules:
- The Axis player lays out the Minefields (Terrain 29 - Minefields).
- Place a badge on flame thrower tank (Troops 13 - Flame thrower tank).
- The Axis Special Forces are Paratrooper units (Troops 2 - Specialized units).
- German artillery is a Nebelwerfer (Troops 25 - Screaming Meemies).
- Air rules are optional: If used give the Allied player one Air Sortie card and discard the other one. Axis player must play Air Power card as an Artillery Bombard card.
- The Allied player may conduct Air Strikes (Actions 3 - Air Strikes & Blitz) using Spitfires (Airplanes 4 - Supermarine Spitfires).
- Note: Rice paddies (Terrain 60) are used just in M44 online because Marshes (Terrain 28) don't work.

Scenario Bibliography:
- The clearing of the Scheldt Estuary and the liberation of Walcheren, 2005
- The Scheldt, Remembrance Series, Veterans Affairs Canada, 2005
- Report 188, Historical Section, Canadian Military HQ
- Report 154, Historical Section, Canadian Military HQ
- Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, Volume III, 1960

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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