[Desert war] Ras el Madaouer - April 30, 1941 - May 04, 1941

Second attempt to break through at Tobruk.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/30/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    

Historical Background:
30th of April 1941.
After the setback of the first attack of the fortified camp of Tobruk at King's Cross, General Rommel prepared a new attack. Beginning by an air bombing by "Stukas", the offensive was launched on the evening with four battle groups : in the north, the Italian Infantry Division "Brescia", in the center, the main attack with 15.Panzer Division on the left and 5.Leichte Division on the right, and in the south the Italian Armored Division "Ariete". In front of them, the 26th Australian Infantry Brigade, entrenched in bunkers and foxholes, was waiting for the attack resolutely. After some initial success for Axis troops (capture of strongpoints S7 and S9 by the "Brescia", hill 209, R1, R2, R3 by the 'Afrika Korps, R4, R5 and R6 by Bersaglieri of the "Ariete" Division), the attack was stopped by the vigorous resistance of Australian soldiers who didn't hesitate to counter-attack with the support of some available tanks. Finally a sand storm covered the battlefield. On the 4th of May , to avoid more casualties, Rommel ordered his troops to entrench on place. This attack was a new setback, during several months, Tobruk remained the main problem of Rommel in Cyrenaica.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.

Special Rules:
- Used "BCF Command" rules (Nation 5).
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nation 6).
- Use "Elite Armor" rules for the tanks of Afrika Korps only (Troop 2).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Rommel in the desert" - V. Kühn.
- Magazine Histoire de guerre n°20 - Afrikakorps 1941.
- "Tobrouk" - M. Carver.
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°3 - Tobrouk.
- "Rommel" - D. Irving.

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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