[Tunisia] Longstop Hill - Action 3 - April 23, 1943 - April 26, 1943

The last battle.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/21/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x8 x6 x8
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In April 1943, Longstop Hill was still in German hands, but at that time the balance was in favor of the Allies in Tunisia and they were preparing the last battle. On the 23 April, after an intensive artillery preparation, the 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and thee 1st East Surrey Regiment, two units of the 36th Infantry Brigade (78th British Infantry Division), supported by Churchill tanks of the North Irish Horse, attacked German positions on Djebel Ahmar. In spite of heavy losses, the British troops reduced the machine-gun nests and captured the djebel. On the 26 April, it was the turn of the 6th Battalion Royal West Kents and the 5th Buffs (East Kents) to attack Djebel el Rhar, again with the support of Churchill tanks. In spite of the relentless resistance of German soldiers of the Afrika Schutzen Regiment 962 and III/Grenadier Regiment 754, Longstop Hill was definitively captured by British troops. The road to Tunis was now open for the Allies.
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] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
8 medals.
The 15 hexes of Longstop Hill (Djebel Ahmar and Djebel el Rhar) 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 "Elite Armor" rules (Troops 2) to Allied armor units. In addition, Allied Armor units may only move 2 hexes and battle, not the normal 3 hexes.
- Use "Sniper" rules (Troop 10) to the Axis infantry unit with a sniper 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).

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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