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[Desert war] Wadi ZemZem - January 15, 1943

Operation Fireeater - The Highlanders attacked Buerat Line.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/05/2021
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
In early January 1943, Rommel had made a new rear guard defensive line near Buerat in order to save most of his army by withdrawing to Tripoli first and then Tunisia. This defensive line was built on the cut given by the wadi ZemZem from the north to the south. The 90.Leichte Division defended the coastal road and the wadi while a kampfgruppe of the 15.Panzer Division, with all the remaining tanks of the Afrika Korps, was stationed in the south . On the 15th of January, Montgomery launched Operation FireEater : the 51st Highland Division, with the support of Valentine tanks of the 23rd Armoured Brigade, attacked the wadi ZemZem and the 7th Armoured Division and 2nd New Zealand Division advanced in the desert to bypass the German position by the south. A tank battle occurred in the Sedada area and the British lost 32 tanks. In the evening, expecting that his weaken troops could not contain the British offensive, Rommel ordered to withdraw towards the Tarhouna defensive position.
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] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
For the Allied player, use the "Exit" token rules (Action 23) to the road hexagon marked "vers Tarhuna".

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to German units with badges.
- Use "Combat Engineer" rules for the British 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).
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés" Hors-série n°43 - Afrika Korps, la campagne de Tunisie.

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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