[Crete] Kalami heights - May 28, 1941

Unternehmen Merkur - Advance of Kampfgruppe Wittmann.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/19/2015
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the 27th of May, General Ringel, commander of the 5.Gebirgsjäger Division, ordered to Oberstleutnant Wittmann to make a Kampfgruppe with his Gebirgs-Artillerie Regt.95 and motorcycles platoons to advance toward east as quick as possible to relieve the Fallschirmjägers at Rethymno and Heraklion. On the 28th of May, Kampfgruppe Wittmann was blocked by some Layforce commandos units entrenched on the heights of Kalami. In the same time, Kampfgruppe Krakau attacked the village of Stilos defended by the 23rd New Zealand Battalion and some British tanks. When the Kampfgruppe Wittmann captured the bridge on the east of Kalami, the New Zealanders had to evacuate Stilos before to be outflanked and surrounded, and then they withdraw across the White mountains 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 [United Kingdom/New Zealand] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
For the Axis player, exit marker is in effect on the road hexagon marked "vers Réthymnon" (Action 23).

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nation 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troop 2) to the four Axis units with badges and the two British commandos units.
- Special Weapon Asset Rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for the two German units equipped with Anti-Tank weapon (SWAs 2) or mortar (SWAs 3).
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- "Air Power" card is not allowed to the Allied player. Discard it and take another.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine 2e guerre mondiale n°34 - La 5.Gebirgs Division dans la campagne de Crète.
- Magazine Champs de Bataille/Seconde guerre mondiale n°3 - Les Fallschirmjäger en Crète.

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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