[Greece] Metaxas Line, Fort Echinos - April 06, 1941 - April 08, 1941

Unternehmen Marita - Artillery barrage.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 03/06/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x4 x6
first You play first    

There are problems with this scenario: it cannot be set-up using the standard terrain tiles of Memoir '44 and the selected extensions. There are too many terrains of one or more types. Please contact the author.

Historical Background:
The Metaxas Line was a Greek defense line composed of several forts as the French Maginot Line. This line was established in the Rhodope mountains along the border with Bulgaria. On the 6th of April 1941, this line was attacked by German troops during the invasion of Greece, Operation Marita. The German164.Infanterie Division was ordered to capture Fort Echinos and to advance towards Xanthi. Hardly bombed by the German artillery, Fort Echinos resisted during three days and repulsed several infantry attacks, inflicting heavy losses to German troops. Then in the night 8th to 9th April, knowing that there was no way out, the garrison of the fort made a sortie in order to join the Greek lines. But surrounded by German troops, the garrison had to surrender in the morning.
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 [Greece] : 4 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The Artillery bunker on the mountain hex is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Combat Engineers" rules (Troops 4) for the four Axis units with "Engineer" badges.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for units equipped with Machine-Guns (SWAs 8).
- Use "Mountains" rules (Terrains 30) to the Greek artillery unit on a mountain hexagon.
- Use "Fordable Streams" rules (Terrains 61).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "La Grèce au combat" - Costa de Loverdo.
- Magazine Historica hors-série n° 58 - L'invasion de la Grèce.

Remember, see the memorial at Fort Echinos (about 25 km north of Xanthi).

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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