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[Crete] Assault on East Hill - May 21, 1941

Unternehmen Merkur - Agony of platoon Blücher.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/11/2015
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
Hill 134, "East Hill" for the British, was captured during the night 20th to 21st May by a Fallschirmjäger platoon of Lieutenant Earl von Blücher, descendant of the famous Prussian general in Napoleonic time. East Hill overlooked Heraklion airfield so the Scottish soldiers of the Black Watch Regiment wanted to recapture this strategic position. In the morning of 21st May, they attacked, supported by artillery fire and a pair of tanks. The German paratroopers stayed in their defensive positions until the afternoon when out of ammunition, they were overwhelmed by the assault of the Black Watch. Only some wounded were taken prisoner, all the others were killed in action, including the platoon leader. Three brothers von Blücher who served in the German Fallschirmjägers were killed in the battle of Crete.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Hill 134 is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player.
Heraklion airfield is a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

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 "Fordable Streams" rules (Terrain 61) for the Kairatos river.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- "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.

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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