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The Battle of Krasnobród - September 23, 1939

Unternehmen Fall Weiss - Fall of Poland - The last cavalry on cavalry battle
Eastern Front By: Quit2 - Last update: 01/22/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The Battle of Krasnobród took place on 23 September 1939 near the town of Krasnobród. It was fought between the forces of the Polish Army and the German Wehrmacht during the Invasion of Poland. It was one of the last battles in European warfare in which cavalry was used on both sides. At approximately 7AM a group of Polish cavalry of the Nowogródek Cavalry Brigade left the forests halfway between Zamo?? and Tomaszów Lubelski. The 25th Greater Polish Uhlans Regiment under Col. Bogdan Stachlewski formed the front guard of the formation and was entrusted with recapturing the pivotal town of Krasnobród. The German 8th Infantry Division fortified the town located on a hill with two lines of trenches.

The German forces were caught completely by surprise and the first squadron successfully broke through their positions, while the German infantry started a chaotic retreat, followed by the Polish cavalry using sabres and lances. The second squadron under Lt. Tadeusz Gerlecki joined the charge towards the hill. A unit of organic cavalry from the German 8th Infantry Division counter-charged from the hill, but was repelled in what was one of the last cavalry battles in World War II. The Polish units started a pursuit after the fleeing enemy and entered the city. Although the Poles suffered heavy losses due to machine gun fire (with Gerlecki's squadron losing all but 30 men), the town was retaken and the Poles took the headquarters of the division, together with about 100 German soldiers (including the commanding officer: General Rudolf Koch-Erpach). Forty Polish combatants previously taken prisoner by the Germans were freed.

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

Allied player: take 5 cards, you play first
Axis player: take 4 cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The 5 hexes, consisting of the 4 town hexes of Krasnobród and the bridge linking them together are a temporary majority victory objective for the Allies worth 2 medals. As long as the Allies occupy more of those 5 hexes than the Axis, they get 2 medals.
Exit Markers are in effect for the Axis infantry and cavalry units. For each unit that exits the board through one of the 2 markers, the axis player gets 1 medal. The Axis armour unit cannot exit the board.

Special Rules:
Blitz rules (Actions 15 - Blitz Rules) are in effect.
The river is impassible. It can only be crossed over the 2 bridges (terrain 9 - bridges) and through the 2 river fords (terrain 41 - Fords & Fordable Rivers)
The 3 axis units with a cavalry badge are cavalry troops (troops 8 - cavalry)
All Allied infantry that doesn't carry a SWA is a heavy cavalry unit (troops ? - Polish Dragoons (from CB2) - 4 figures, move 0-3 and battle 3-2, On close assault may take ground and overrun, may ignore 1 flag, may retreat 1 or 2 per flag)
Early war special weapons assets rules (SWA 1) are in effect for all units equiped with a SWA badge.
Anti-tank gun (SWA 2), mortar (SWA 3) and machine gun (SWA 8) are in use.

Air rules are optional.
If the air rules are not used, the Allied player rolls only one die on air power.
If the Air rules are used, shuffle both air sortie cards into the command deck.

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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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