Operation Switchback - October 06, 1944 - November 03, 1944

(Battle of the Scheldt)
Western Front By: montrealmovil - Last update: 11/15/2013
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
While the 2nd Canadian Division was fighting to close the South Beveland isthmus, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division mounted Operation Switchback. The objective was to eliminate the German positions in the Breskens Pocket, located on the southern bank of the mouth of the Scheldt Estuary.

Germans called this area "Scheldt Fortress South", and Belgian military had described the zone as inappropriate for any operation. After the fight was over, a Canadian intelligence report called the 64th German division "the best division we have met". So the battle was fierce for the allied troops.

According to the plan, the main attack had to move forward through the Leopold Canal heading north. However, the German resistance forced a change in strategy. The decisive attack finally came from east, where Canadians executed the largest amphibious operation under their command so far.

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:
- German artillery on Cadzand is a Big Gun (Troops 3 - Big Guns).
- Place a badge on flame thrower tank (Troops 13 - Flame thrower tank).
- Place a badge over the two Canadian Special Forces (Troops 2 - Specialized Units) You can use US Rangers badge, just to differentiate them.
- 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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