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[Tunisia] Longstop Hill - Action 1 - December 22, 1942

The attack of the Coldstream Guards.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/21/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x6 x7
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the attack by the 10.Panzer division toward Medjez el Bab in the early December 1942, German troops controlled the Djebel Ahmar, named "Longstop Hill" by the Allies. General Anderson, commander of the 1st British Army, ordered to the 78th British Infantry Division to capture this strategic hill. On the 22 December, the Coldstream Guards battalion, supported by one battalion of the 18th US Infantry Regiment, advanced to the djebel under heavy rain. The German defenders were one battalion of the Infanterie Regiment 754 and one battalion of the PanzerGrenadier Regiment 69, they could not stay on the ridge and they withdrew to the Djebel el Rhar. The Coldstream Guards, exhausted by the battle, were relieved by the US battalion. At that time, the Germans launched their counter-attack, repelled the Americans soldiers and retake the positions on the ridge of Ahmar.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards.
Allied player [United-Kingdom/United States] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.
The 10 hexes of Djebel Ahmar form a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 Medal for whoever controls the hills.
So the Axis player begins the game with one medal in his victory path.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to British units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to Axis infantry units with elite badge.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets >1942) are in effect for the Axis infantry units equipped with mortars (SWAs 6) or machine-guns (SWAs 7).
- Use "Reduced Visibility" rules (Actions 27) because of the torrential rain during the battle.
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Northwest Africa : Seizing the initiative in the West" - Chapter XVII - Stalemate before Tunis.
- Magazine troupes d'élite, tome 1 - Article : Les dernières cartouches de l'Afrikakorps.
- Magazine 2e Guerre Mondiale, Thématique n°24 - La campagne de Tunisie.
- Image satellite de "Longstop Hill".

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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