[Desert war] Assault on Tobruk - April 12, 1941 - April 30, 1941

Verdun in the desert.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/06/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x10 x11 x8 x11
first You play first    

Historical Background:
09th of April 1941 - Tobruk.
After Mechili battle, Axis troops of general Rommel, reached the fortified camp of Tobruk and besieged it . Australian soldiers of General Morshead's 9th Infantry Division had well prepared the defense of Tobruk : antitank ditch, minefields, barbed wire , foxholes and bunkers. On the 14th of April, the main attack was on the road of El Adem, in direction of King's Cross and made by 5.Leichte Division and "Ariete" Italian armored division . Other actions were only diversion. But this attack failed with heavy losses , mainly for the Germans. A second attack was made at Ras El Madaouer on the 30th of April, but once again the attack failed. So, in spite of the will of Rommel, Tobruk didn't fall this year.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany/Italy] : 10 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [Australia/United Kingdom] : 8 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
Allied player : 11 medals.
Axis player : 11 medals and at least 2 medals tokens. Fort Pilastrino, El Gubbi Airfield and Tobruk city are each a temporary medal objective.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nation 5).
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nation 6) for all Italian units.
- Use "Big Guns" rules for artillery units with badge (Troop 3).
- Use"Specialized Units" rules for the 2 German infantry units with badge (Troop 2).
- Use "Combat Engineer" rules for all units with engineer badge (Troop 4).
- German tanks have 4 figures, italians tanks have only 3 figures
- British 7th RTR equipped with well armoured Matildas II has 4 figures.
- The river hex represent the antitank ditch that surrounded the fortified area. Only infantry units can cross it. Engineer units may open a way in it, use the same procedure than removing barbed wire. Antitank ditch give the same protection than a trench.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Troupes d'élite - Les Australiens défendent Tobrouk.
- 39-45 magazine n°188 - Tobrouk, défaites et victoire.
- Magazine histoires de guerre n°20 - Afrikakorps 1941.
- "La guerre sans haine" - Tome 1 - Erwin Rommel.

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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