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[Alsace] Battle of Holtzwihr - January 27, 1945

Allied advance in the Colmar pocket.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/30/2019
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the German counter-attack on the Riedwihr wood in the 26th of January 1945, battle in which the US Lieutenant Audie Murphy won the Medal of Honor, the Allied troops attacked again towards the canal of Colmar. At 4h00 in the morning of the 27th January, US soldiers of the 30th Infantry Regiment, supported by French tanks of the 5th French Armoured Division, attacked the village of Holtzwihr, taking advantage of the darkness. German soldiers (in fact Austrians) of the Gebirgsjäger Regiment 137 fought fiercely in the village, but some of them withdraw by crossing the canal on a footbridge not destroyed. On the west side of the battlefield, near the Ill river, French tanks suffered some losses because of a German Jagdpanther ambushed in Auberge du Ladhof. Finally in the evening, Holtzwihr was in Allied hands.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [United States/France] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The bridge near Bischwihr is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Elite Armor" rules (Troops 2 - Specialized Units) to the Axis armored unit. Badge is not required.
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Action 19).
- Despite the appearance, the Ill river and the canal of Colmar are not frozen enough to cross over : all are impassable (Terrain 8 - Rivers & Waterways).

Scenario Bibliography:
- 39/45 Magazine n°104 - "Les combats de Holtzwihr.

Remember, see the Memorial to Audie Murphy in the wood near Holtzwihr and play the scénario "Counter-attack at Holtzwihr", Memoir'44 Audie Murphy campaign.
Official scenario of FFM44. Played during the tournament in Le Mans on the 27th of December 2015.

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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