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[Desert War] Sidi Rezegh - Action 3 - November 23, 1941

Operation Crusader - Battle of "Totensonntag".
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 10/20/2016
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
To take the advantage at Sidi Rezegh, Rommel ordered to the three armoured divisions (15.Pz Div, 21.Pz Div and Italian Division Ariete) to attack together on the 23rd of November. This day was called Totensonntag in Germany, the Sunday of Dead, in remember of World War 1. The Axis attack began at 15h00 with Italian tanks on the left supported by Italian mobile guns, the 15.Pz Div in the middle, Pz Rgt 8 at the head followed by Schützen Regiment (mot.) 115 and Pz Rgt 5 on the right followed by Inf Rgt 200. On the British side, the 5th SA Brigade and tanks of the 22nd Armoured Brigade were facing the assault of Axis tanks, the South African soldiers were supported by anti-tanks guns and field artillery. In spite of a fierce resistance, the 5th SA Bde was destroyed at the end of the day. But it was a Pyrrhic victory for Rommel who had only 90 tanks serviceable at the end of this battle.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany/Italy] : 5 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United Kingdom/South Africa] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6) to the three units of the Ariete Division. Don't use "Italian High Command" rule.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the three Axis infantry units with Elite badge.
- Use "Mobile artillery" rules (Troops 14) to the Italian artillery unit.
- Use "Antitank Weapons" rules (SWAs 1 & 2) to all Allied infantry units.
- Use "North African Desert" rules (Actions 9).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°6 - La guerre du désert (II).
- Magazine Batailles & Blindés hors-série n°6 - Afrika Korps, tome 1.
- "Tobrouk" - Michaël Carver.

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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