[Germany] Geilenkirchen salient - November 18, 1944 - November 19, 1944

Operation Clipper - Allied assault on the Siegfried line.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 04/05/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x9 x12 x10 x12
    first You play first

Historical Background:
On the 18th of November 1944, Lieutenant General Horrocks, commander of the XXX British Corps, launched the operation Clipper to take the Geilenkirchen salient, north of Aachen. It was a pincer movement in order to surround and capture the city. The left pincer was the 214th Infantry Brigade (43rd British Infantry Division) and the right pincer was the 84th US Infantry Division. All these infantry units were reinforced by British tanks of the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards and Hobart's funnies tanks, Flails (mine digger) and Crocodiles (flame-thrower). In spite of an heavy resistance by the German troops and the muddy ground, Geilenkirchen was captured by Allied troops on the 19th of November 1944.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 9 command cards.
Allied player [United Kingdom/United States] : 10 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
15 medals.
The church of Geilenkirchen and the village of Süggerath are each a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5).
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troop 2) to the three Axis infantry units with elite badge.
- Use "Flame Thrower Tanks" rules (Troops 13).
- Use "Tiger" rules (Troops 16) to the Axis tank unit with a single figure.
- Use "Hobart's Funnies, Mine Digger" rules (Troops 26) to the two tank units with Funnies badge.
- "Special Weapon Asset >1942" rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for the six Axis units equipped with anti-tank weapons (SWAs 5).
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- 39/45 Magazine n°283 - Operation Clipper.
- Wikipedia - Operation Clipper.

Official scenario of FFM44. Played during the OPJH (Open de Paris des jeux d'histoire), on the 19th of March 2016.

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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