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[Germany] Battle of the Weser River - April 06, 1945

Red Devils versus Tiger.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/05/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
After the success of Operation Varsity, the 6th Airborne Division continued its advance in Rhenany and crossed the Weser river in the night 5th to 6th of April, near the village of Lahde. In the area between Bierde and Quetzen, the British paratroopers were counter-attacked by Kampfgruppe Schulze, with 5 Tiger and 4 Panther supported by some half-tracks. The Red Devils had only some PIAT anti-tank weapons and the support of field artillery to fight against the panzers because the British tanks were still on the other side of the Weser. Some anti-tank guns arrived in reinforcement during the afternoon to support the paratroopers. Finally, the Kampfgruppe Schulze had to withdraw because of the heavy fire of British troops.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The two city hexes of Bierde form a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 medal for whoever controls the village.
So the Allied player begins the game with one medal in his victory path.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to all Axis and Allied units, these are parachute troops or panzer grenadiers. Badges are not required.
- Use "Elite Armor" (Troops 2) to the Axis armored units with 4 figures. Badge is not required.
- Use "Tiger" rules (Troops 16) to the two Axis armored units with a single figure.
- Use "Half-Track" (Troops 18) and "Re-supply" rules (Actions 24) for the two Axis units with badge HT.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for the two Allied units equipped with anti-tank guns (SWAs 5).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Batailles n° 94 - Article : Weser 1945, Diables rouges contre Tiger et Panther.
- 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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