[DO2015] Venray - October 17, 1944 - October 18, 1944

Western Front By: Jeronimon - Last update: 02/26/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
On the 17th of October the last phase of operation Constellation had to start and Venray was the objective of the Allies. After crossing the Bloedbeek (Blood Stream) the 185th (Norfolks Warwicks) follow the road from Overloon to Venray. On the evening of the 16th the 8th (East Yorks and Suffolks) occupied the township Hiept, to the west of Venray. General Whistler had four battalions around Venray now. British 11th and American 7th armoured division attacked from the south.

The British had good tank support and half of Venray was under control of the British troops at the end of the day. So it seemed that the Germans really have had some severe blows and were licking their wounds. In reality they were not beaten at all, but they were withdrawing to Venlo and regrouping their units to secure effective defense lines. In this battle artillery caused considerable trouble and good observation from two points gave the Germans good assistance in a strong defensive action. The two points of observation were Venray church tower and a tall square tower in Maashees.

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 [British]: 5 command cards, you move first

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals
The exit hex is for German units escaping to Venlo
The Exit Hex for German units is a temporary medal for the Allies
The church in Venray a temporary medal for the Axis and the Alies

Special Rules:
British Commonwealth Forces (BCF) (Nations 5)
British special troops (Troops 2)
German Anti-Tank Guns Late War (SWA 5)
British Supported armor (no Card yet)

Forward spotting (Actions 4)
As long as there is a German unit in the church the Axis player uses his artillery as a Big gun (Troops 3)

Scenario Bibliography:
Operation Aintree: De Slag om Overloon & Arnhem Antal Giesberg - Herman Dinnissen ISBN: 90-809339-1-0

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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