[Battle of the Bulge] Night fighting at Sadzot - December 27, 1944 - December 28, 1944

The "Sad Sack Affair".
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/05/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
The last attack of the German 6.Panzer-Armee was made on the 27th of December by the II SS.Panzer-Korps. In fact, it was only the Kampfgruppe Krag, composed by the three battalions of the SS.Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 (12 SS.Panzer-Division). The SS grenadiers attacked in the night without any support of artillery or tanks the village of Sadzot defended by a company of the 87th Chemical Battalion. US soldiers were first repulsed but they received the reinforcement of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion and a tank-destroyer platoon. Isolated fighting occurred in the darkness leading to some friendly fire on the two sides. Finally in the morning of 28th of December, the SS were repelled out of the village of Sadzot. This confused battle was called the "Sad Sack Affair" by US soldiers.
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 States] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The last village hexagon near the Allied baseline is a temporary medal-objective for the Axis player.
The farm is a temporary medal-objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the five Allied Parachute units.
- Use "Tank Destroyers" rules (Troops 24) to the US armored unit with TD badge.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for the Axis unit equipped with antitank weapons (SWAs 5).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Hyperwar - US Army in WWII - Battle of the Bulge.
- Album Mémorial Ardennes - Editions Heimdal.
- 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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