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[Netherlands] The Oosterbeek Perimeter - September 20, 1944 - September 26, 1944

Operation Market Garden - Last Hope of Market Garden
Western Front By: secret_strategem - Last update: 08/16/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
After the last British Paratroops were mopped up by the German units around Arnhem Bridge, approximately 3,584 survivors of the 1st Airborne Division established themselves in the buildings and woods around Oosterbeek with the intention of holding a bridgehead on the north side of the Rhine until XXX Corps could arrive. The perimeter was not a complete defensive line but a collection of defensive pockets in houses and foxholes surrounding the centre of Oosterbeek, with the divisional Headquarters at the Hotel Hartenstein at its centre. Through the next few days, heavy fighting continued around the perimeter. Intense shelling and snipers increased the number of casualties at the aid posts in the hotels and houses of the town. German General Bittrich ordered that the attacks be stepped up and the British bridgehead north of the Rhine destroyed, and the major attacks began with the various Kampfgruppes of 9th SS attacking from the east and Kampfgruppe von Tettau's units from the west. Polish attempts to reinforce the bridgehead from the other side of the river failed. After 6 days, the Germans began their most successful assault on the perimeter, attacking the southeastern end with infantry supported by newly arrived Tiger tanks. This assault pushed through the defenders' outer lines and threatened to isolate the bulk of the division from the river. Strong counterattacks from the mixed defenders and concentrated shellfire from south of the river eventually repelled the Germans. That night, in Operation Berlin, the remnants of the British forces evacuated across the river.

Briefing:
Allied Player [United Kingdom]
Take 5 Command Cards

Axis Player [Germany]
Take 6 Command Cards
You Move First

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals
Hotel Hartenstein is a Temporary Objective Medal for both the Axis and the Allied Player.

Special Rules:
British Army Command rules are in effect [Nations 5].
All infantry units are Elite Units, no badges are required. Place badge on the two German Elite Armor units [Troops 2], or replace them with Tiger tanks if you have them [Troops 16].

Warning:
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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