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The Battle for Malmedy - December 21, 1944

Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein - Battle of Bulge
Western Front By: mammuthka - Last update: 02/12/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Panzer Brigade 150 was formed in 1944 as part of the preparations for the German Ardennes offensive. Their intended role was to capture the vital Meuse Bridges in advance of the main German force. Because of the special nature of their operation they were assigned Otto Skorzeny as commander and were more or less disguised as an American force. All their transport was painted olive drab, with prominent white stars. The Panthers were disguised with a steel plate in an attempt to look like M10 Tank Destroyers. They carried the markings of B Company, 10th Tank battalion, 5th Armored Division. Some infantry would have used elements of American uniform.

After the I.SS-Panzer-Korps didn't arrive at the starting point until 2 days after the operation, and the Allies were aware of the operation, Skorzeny gave up the goals. He agreed with the 6. Panzer-Armee to use the unit as a regular battlegroup, and was given the task of securing the road junction of Malmedy, thus making the advance of the 1. SS-Pz. Div. and 12. SS-Pz. Div move again. What Skorzeny didn't know when planning this attack was, that what was thought to be only one engineer regiment holding Malmedy, was now more than a division. Because of the low strength of the unit, Skorzeny was hoping to be able to make a surprise attack. Unfortunately for Skorzeny, one of his men had been captured, and had revealed the battle plan.

Panzer Brigade 150 contained three Kampfgruppe (X, Y, Z) but Skorzeny could only organise two for the attack. On the right Kampfgruppe Y under Hauptman Schref confidently set off along highway N32 toward the town, but was halted by mines and fire from the defending 1st Battalion and their supporting artillery.

On the left Kampfgruppe X under von Foelkersam had more success attacking from the direction of Ligneuville. Foelkersam's 5 Panthers and two companies split into two columns when they approached Malmedy.

The main body with 2 Panthers attacked the road bridge which formed the weak junction between the 120th and 117th Regiments. The battle centred around a house containing the HQ of the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, plus men of an Engineer unit and K Company of the 120th Regiment. As the German armour began to bypass the house the defenders were forced back to the road bridge and Paper Mill. A Panther and some German infantry forced their way across the bridge and overran a artillery battery attached to 117th Regiment. Despite this success a hail of American artillery forced the Germans to withdraw back across the river.

Meanwhile 3 Panthers and more German infantry tried to storm the Railway embankment blocking their route to Malmedy. Alerted by trip flares and aided by mines and artillery, the 99th Battalion managed to hold the German assault and eventually drive it off.

With all avenues blocked Skorzeny called off the attack. Soon after their failure Panzer Brigade 150 was disbanded.

Warning! This scenario is historically correct, so you may say it's unbalanced...
The Axis side has really small chance to win, so if you want to decide who is the better, switch the sides after the battle, and count the medals after both players played with both sides...

Axis Player: Take 4 command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player: Take 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
Conditions of Victory: 6 Medals
An Axis unit that captures the bridges of Malmedy and the crossroad at Burninville counts as one Victory Medal. Place an Objective Medal on these two bridgess and the crossroad. As long as the Axis unit remains on them, it continues to count toward the Axis victory. If the unit moves off or is eliminated, it no longer counts.

Special Rules:
Railroad hexes are railroad embankment, use the rules of hills too, when units are on them.

The Axis and Allies Special Forces infantry are Engineer units. Place a Special Force badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from the other units. Read the rules about Engineer units.

The Axis Special Forces tank units have 4 figures. Place a Special Force badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from the other units.

See the rules how to use the Big Guns and minefields.

Scenario Bibliography:

Michael Frank Reynolds: The Devil's Adjutant: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader : The Story of One of Himmler's Former Adjutants and the Battle Which Brought This Senior Command

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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