Corinth Corinth

Stavelot - The Bridge over the Amblieve - December 19, 1944 - December 21, 1944

German assault from the west December 19-21., 1944
Western Front By: Harvester - Last update: 06/16/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    

Historical Background:
While lieutenant Pfeifer realized, that he should fall back from the northern end of Stavelot Bridge, because his reserves are unable to catch up, due to heavy US opposition; ferocious fighting erupted between the advancing SS recon group, supported by Tigers and engineers (Kampfgruppe-Knittel) and the US force defending this part of the town.The Germans crossed the river Amblieve over the Petit-Spa Bridge, then they get off their vehicles, and they started their advance towards Stavelot.Artillery support was in form of three 150mm infantry support guns, and an 120mm mortar platoon.When they arrived at the western edge of the town, they met serious artillery fire, and bumped into the defenders of Chateau Rochettes, supported by five Shermans. The assault was halted.On December 19th, 2200 hours, the unification of German forces became impossible,because the Americans succesfuly blew a 7.5 m gap on the northern end of the bridge. Despite this setback, the Germans continued their advance on December 20th, and the Americans got into a serious situation, and they had to fall back, but the Germans were exhausted too and they got no reserves left, so their attack was slowed down due to heavy enemy artilleryfire(At the same time, Pfeifer's unit swimmed across the icy water of the Amblieve, to reach it's southern bank. This little adventure
cost 23 of his men.) Despite the fact, that the Germans were stopped, they were far from stopping here, and they launched a new assault, but this is another story....

Wehrmacht 6 cards. You begin.
US Army 5 cards

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals
The bridge over the Amblieve in the city counts as a victory medal for the Axis player.It's a temporary medal objective.

Special Rules:
The Elite Axis Armor unit consists of Tigers ( 4 figures).German infantry units marked with a pioneer marker are considered engineers. The rest of the German infantrymen are SS units: move 2 and battle. One of the American artillery unit is a Big Gun.

Rules for the Engineers and Big Guns can be found in the Terrain Pack's rulebook.

Scenario Bibliography:
Reynolds, Michael (2004). The Devil?s Adjutant: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader

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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