[Desert war] Balaclava charge in the desert - July 22, 1942

Charge of the 23rd Armoured brigade.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/21/2021
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x5 x7
    first You play first

Historical Background:
In middle July 1942, Rommel's troops were now in defensive positions but British General Auchinleck launched a new offensive , in the same area Ruweisat/Deir el Shein. In the South, the 2nd New Zealand Division attacked toward El Mreir, in the North the 5th Indian Brigade advanced along Ruweisat Ridge toward Deir el Shein and in the center, the 23rd Armoured Brigade, with "Valentine" infantry tanks, made a cavalry charge between the German positions. Slowed down by a minefield, the Valentine tanks suffered losses by the fire of the 104.IR anti-tank guns (21.Panzer Division) and reached the German second line. At that time, they were under the fire of 88mm heavy guns of the Flak Regiment 18. Finally, the 23rd Armoured Brigade withdrew with 80 tanks destroyed on 97 at the beginning of the battle.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [United Kingdom/India/New Zealand] : 5 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.
For the Allied forces, Exit markers are in effect on the portion of the Axis baseline in between the two Exit markers.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Special Weapon Asset Rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for the five Axis units equipped with anti-tank weapons (SWAs 2).
- Use "Elite Armor" rules (Troops 2) to all Allied armor units. These tanks are moving slow, they can move only one or two hexes and fight.
- Use "Heavy Anti-Tank Guns" rules (Troops 23) to the two Axis artillery units with 88 badge.
- Use "North African Desert" rules (Actions 9).
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés" hors série n°8 - Afrika Korps, tome 2.
- Magazine "Historica" hors série n°84 - Première bataille d'El Alamein.
- Album historique "21. Panzer Division" - Ed. Heimdal.

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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