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[Crete] The streets of Heraklion - May 21, 1941

Unternehmen Merkur - Night attack.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/10/2015
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
The target of the 3rd battalion of Major Schulz, 1.Fallschirmjäger Regiment, was the city of Heraklion, surrounded by old venetian walls. During the night of 20th to 21st May 1941 the battalion, slipped in two battlegroups, attacked the western gate and repelled the Hellenic defenders towards the harbor. But in the morning, a fierce British counter-attack forced the German paratroopers, almost out of ammunition, to withdraw out of the city. The capture of Heraklion had failed once again.
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/Greece] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. The Allied player has a "Sudden Death" as soon as an Axis unit capture the harbor.

Special Rules:
- All Axis units are paratroopers, use "Specialized Units" rules (Troop 2). Badges are not required.
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nation 5) for the British troops only.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- Use "Night Attack" rules (Action 19).
- Use "Special Weapon Assets" and "Mortar" rules for the unit equipped with the mortar (SWA 1 & 3).
- "Escarpments" and "Fortresses" symbolize the venetian walls and redoubt which surrounded the city. Both are Impassable (from outside for the fortresses only). Use "Fortresses" rules (Terrain 24).
- "Air Power" card is not allowed to the Allied player. Discard it and take another.
- "Barrage" card is not allowed to the Axis player. Discard it and take another.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "La Crète, tombeau des paras allemands" - Jean Mabire.
- Magazine Troupes d'élite - Le dernier saut des paras du Reich.
- 39/45 Magazine hors-série n°3 - Opération Merkur, les paras allemands sautent sur la Crète.

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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