[Desert war] Battle of Bir Temrad - December 16, 1941

Operation Crusader - Gazala line : 1st round.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 10/01/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
From 8th of November 1941, general Rommel began the withdrawal of Axis troops on Aïn El Gazala. The British forces involved in Operation Crusader pursued them at a distance. This allowed XXIst Italian army corps to set up a new defense line to protect the withdrawal of the main Axis forces. From 11th to 16th of December 1941, the Polish Rifle Brigade and the 4th Indian Division assaulted the Italian lines while tanks of the Guards Brigade outflanked the defenses by the south to reach Bir Temrad on the rear of Italian troops. But the intervention of XXth Italian army corps (Celere) and a kampfgruppe from Afrikakorps warded off the threat and made 800 prisoners. On the 16th of December, the XXIst Italian corps could withdraw at its turn to Tmimi and Derna.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied player [United Kingdom] : 5 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Italy/Germany] : 4 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. Bir Temrad and Aïn El Gazala are each a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nation 5).
- Use "Royal Italian Army Command" rules (Nation 6). Don't use "Italian High Command" rule.
- Use "North African Desert" rules (Action 9).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Batailles & Blindés hors-série n°6 - Afrikakorps.
- "La guerre sans haine", tome 1 - Maréchal Erwin Rommel.
- "Rommel in the desert" - Volkmar Kühn.
- "Tobrouk" - Michaël Carver.

Official scenario of FFM44. Played during the tournament in Paris on the 18th of September 2010.

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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