[Crete] 42nd Street - May 27, 1941

Unternehmen Merkur - ANZAC bayonet charge.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/19/2015
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
After the battle of Galatas which opened the way of Canea to the Germans, the ANZAC troops exhausted began their withdrawal towards the south coast of Crete in order to evacuate. A mixed force of Australians and New Zealanders was the rearguard and was entrenched along the Odos Tsikalarion track, called by British troops "42nd street". In the morning of 27th of May, the German 1st battalion of the Jäger Regiment 141, 5.Gebirgs Division, advanced to Souda harbour. The German jägers were suddenly under the fire of the ANZAC force and before they reacted, they saw the ANZAC soldiers (from Australian, Maori and New Zealander battalions) charging to them in a bayonet attack. This ferocious bayonet charge cost 120 to 200 KIA to the Germans for about 20 to 40 Allied KIA. This charge stopped the advance of the 5.Gebirgs Division and gave time to ANZAC troops to withdraw more easily to Sphakia.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [Australia/New Zealand] : 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nation 5) to all ANZAC units.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- "Air Power" card is not allowed to the Allied player. Discard it and take another.

Scenario Bibliography:
-E-book "The ANZACs at 42nd street".
- Magazine 2e guerre mondiale n°34 - La 5.Gebirgs Division dans la campagne de Crète.

Remember, see the 42nd Street memorial plaque on Odos Tsikalarion track.

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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