[Desert war] Ruweisat Ridge - July 02, 1942

Auchinleck counter-attack.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 04/27/2020
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Despite of the capture of the Deir el Shein "box" on the 1st of July 1942, the Deutsche Afrika Korps failed to break through the British lines near El Alamein. Rommel planned to continue the attack on the next day in spite of the weakness of his army. But General Auchinleck wanted to retake the tactical initiative by launching a counter-attack with all his motorized units. The Ruweisat Ridge was the place of this frontal battle between the two armies. The 21.Panzer Division on the ridge was attacked by the 22nd Armoured Brigade, in the South, the 15. Panzer Division was attacked by the 4th Armoured Brigade reinforced by the "Robcol" column and in the north, the 90.Leichte Afrika Division was in front of the 1st South African Brigade defensive positions. The Auchinleck counter-attack failed, the 21.stayed on the ridge and the 90. Leichte took the positions of the South Africans after a difficult day for them. Nevertheless, the Deutsche Afrika Korps was exhausted, only 26 panzers were still operational but Rommel decided once again to continue the attack on the next day.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United Kingdom/South Africa] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Combat Engineer" rules for the two Axis units with engineer badge (Troop 4).
- Use "Heavy Anti-Tank Guns" rules (Troops 23) to the Axis artillery unit with 88 badge.
- Use "North African Desert" rules (Actions 9).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés" hors série n°8 - Afrika Korps, tome 2.
- Magazine "Historica" hors série n°84 - El Alamein (1).

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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