Deir el Shein - Act 1 - July 01, 1942

The end of the 18th Indian Brigade - French Open 2010
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 04/06/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
After the battle of Mersa Matrouh, Rommel led his troops back to Alexandria. They arrived at El Alamein June 29, exhausted. Without waiting for all its units to regroup, Rommel launches his Afrika Korps into an attack on the center of the British forces, in order to encircle the "box" of El Alamein and cut in two Auchinleck's forces. During this advance, Afrikakorps stumbles onto the 18th Indian Brigade recently established in the "Box" of Deir el Shein, at the west end of Rouweizat Ridge. After positioning itself under the cover of the night, the 21st Panzer Division attacks on the morning of July 1 under cover of a sandstorm (the Khamsin). The battle rages all day, until the collapse of the Indian Brigade in the afternoon. Their sacrifice was not in vain however, as Rommel had lost eighteen of his precious Panzers in the attack and was now left with thirty-seven ones to continue its fight against the 8th Army.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. Hill 63 is a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
North African Desert rules are in effect (Actions 9 - Desert Rules).
Night Attack rules are in effect (Actions 19 - Night Attack).
British Commonwealth Forces command rules are in effect for the Allied player (Nations 5 - BCF).
The two infantry units with antitank badges are equipped with Anti-Tank Guns (Special Weapon Assets 2 - Anti-Tank Guns)
The "Air Strike" card is not used in this scenario because of the sandstorm. Remove the card before beginning to play.
The Minefields are laid by the Allies.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Album Historique 21.Panzer Division - Ed. Heimdal.
- Magazine Batailles & Blindés hors-série n°8 - Afrika Korps - tome 2.
- Magazine Historica hors-série n°84 - 1ère bataille d'El Alamein.
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°11 - El Alamein.

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