[Battle of the Bulge] The crossing of Sûre river - December 16, 1944 - December 20, 1944

Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein - 276.Volksgrenadier Division versus 9th US Armored Division.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 11/23/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x4 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
During operation "Wacht am Rhein", the 7th German army was in charge of the south flank of the offensive. 276.Volksgrenadier Division, from VXXX.Armeekorps, had to cross the Sûre river, capture US artillery positions and continue the advance toward west. On the 16th of December, a dense fog allowed the volksgrenadiers to cross the river and to infiltrate the allied lines. Several US units were isolated in small villages. But this was the defense area of Combat Command A (CCA) of 9th US Armored Division and this formation sent several "Task Forces" to support the surrounded infantry units. The battle lasted four days. The building of a pontoon bridge by the Germans allowed them the crossing of the river by artillery and some "Stugs" but it was not enough reinforcements for the volksgrenadiers to continue their advance. On the 20th of December, 276.Volksgrenadier Division was stopped definitively, only 8 kilometers far from the Sûre river.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied player [United States] : 4 command cards.
Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. Ermsdorf, Mullenthal, Beaufort and Berdorf are each a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units"rules (Troop 2) to the two Allied infantry units with badges.
- Use "Collapsible rafts and boats" rules (Action 5) to all Axis infantry units.
- Use "Night Attack" rules (Action 19).
- The Axis player may built a pontoon bridge between Wallendorf and Bollendorf. Uses "Pontoon Bridge" (Terrain 33).
- Because of bad weather conditions, no air activity were possible, so "Air Power" card is removed of the game before beginning.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Album Mémorial Ardennes - Ed. Heimdal.
- 39/45 Magazine n°102 - Bataille des Ardennes.

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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