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[Greece] Attack on the Metaxas Line - April 06, 1941 - April 09, 1941

Unternehmen Marita - Heroic resistance.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 01/07/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x10 x12 x8 x12
first You play first    

Historical Background:
The Metaxas Line was a Greek defense line composed of several forts, just like the French Maginot Line, that was established along the border with Bulgaria. On April 6th, 1941, this line was attacked by German troops.
On the right side, the 5.Gebirgs division crossed the Bulgarian border in the area of Petrich and attacked Fort Kelkaya, Fort Istimbey, and Fort Popotlivista. German assault troops were initially pushed back but on April 7th, they succeeded in reaching the top of the forts and blocked all the outlets of the bunkers. Then, with flame-throwers and explosives, they managed to wear down the garrisons of the forts which forced a surrender the next night.
On the left side, Infanterie Regiment.125 crossed the Bistritsa river and advanced down the Struma valley. For three days and despite air and artillery support, German infantrymen were repulsed and suffered heavy casualties. The Greek defenders of Fort Rupel bravely held their ground but on April 9th they were ordered by the East Macedonia Army command to cease fire and surrender.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis Player [Germany]
Take 10 Command cards. You move first.

Allied Player [Greece]
Take 8 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
15 medals.
The 3 mountain hexes with Greek artillery in a bunker are each a Permanent Medal Objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Place a badge on the Axis Engineer units (Troops 4).
- Special Weapon Asset Rules (SWAs 1 - Special Weapons Assets) are in effect for Allied units equipped with anti-tank guns (SWAs 2), mortars (SWAs 3) and machine guns (SWAs 8). Place the proper figure or badge on these units.
- Mountains rules (Terrain 30) are in effect.
- The Strymon river is fordable (Terrain 41).
- Blitz rules (Action 15) are in effect.
- New Flight Plan: if you play with the expansion, ignore the Blitz rules. The starting number of Air Combat cards is amended for this scenario (Axis: 3 Air Combat cards; Allies: 1 Air Combat card.). Use British planes for Allied forces.

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 Rupel.

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