[Tunisia] Battle of Sidi Bouzid - February 14, 1943 - February 15, 1943

Unternehmen Frühlingswind - US disastrous battle.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/22/2021
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x12 x6 x12
first You play first    

Historical Background:
The German offensive called "Frühlingswind" began onthe 14th of February 1943. A sand storm hid the German advance and gave them a tactical surprise. The 10.Panzer Division, with some "Tiger" heavy tanks, attacked Djebel Lassouda while the 21.Panzer Division bypassed the US defenses by the south. The two German divisions met west of Sidi Bouzid, inflicting heavy losses to US troops. The next day, tanks of the Combat Command C counter-attacked in the area of Djebel Hamra. German troops supported by the Luftwaffe , repelled US troops after a slaughter of US tanks (62 lost on 66 involved in the battle). US infantry was abandoned on their defensive positions and had no choice other to flee or to surrender to the Germans. This disaster was the prelude of the battle of Kasserine Pass.
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 States] : 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
12 medals.
The three town hexes of Sidi Bouzid form a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 medal for whoever controls the hill.
So the US player begins the game with one medal in his victory path.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units" and "Elite Armor" rules (Troops 2) to all Axis infantry and tanks units (except Tiger tanks). Badges are not required.
- Use "Mobile Artillery" rules (Troops 14) for the two US artillery units.
- Use "Tiger" rules (Troops 16) to the two Axis armored units with a single figure.
- This scenario could be play with New Flight Plan rules.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Batailles & Blindés Hors Série n° 43 - Afrika Korps, la bataille de Tunisie.
- Magazine 2e Guerre mondiale n°24 - La campagne de Tunisie.
- Satellite Image of the area.

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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