[Poland] Westerplatte - September 01, 1939

Unternehmen Fall Weiss - Beginning of World War 2.
Eastern Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 09/12/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x5 x5 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Dantzig - 1st September 1939.
04h45, German warship Schleswig-Holstein, stationed in the harbor of Dantzig for some days, opened fire with its 280mm guns on Westerplatte peninsula, occupied by a Polish infantry company. This was the true beginning of the Polish campaign and therefore of World War 2. Marine assault troops concealed in the hold of the warship landed on Westerplatte while SS Heimwehr Brigade supported by some armored cars attacked the gate of the peninsula. The fierce resistance of major Sucharski Polish soldiers inflicted heavy losses to the invaders which required the help of Luftwaffe dive bombers as well as the naval artillery fire to continue the advance. After 7 days, out of ammunition, Polish troop surrendered to the Germans who granted them with the honors of war for their heroic defense.
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 [Poland] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals.

Special Rules:
- Air rules are optional. If used, the 2 "Air Sortie" cards are in the pile. If the Allied player take one or the "Air Power" card, he discard it and take another in the pile
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- Polish artillery is a mortar battery with 4 hex range : 2,2,1,1.
- German battleship can't move but fire normally. Use "Destroyers" rules (Troop 12).
- Two Marine-Stosstrupp units are in the battleship. They must land in the Westerplatte side. Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troop 2).
- Use "Combat Engineer" rules for the 2 pioneers units (Troop 4).
- Portowy Channel is impassable (Terrain 8).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°37 - La campagne de Pologne.

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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