Corinth Corinth

Clervaux - The Road to Bastogne - December 16, 1944 - December 17, 1944

Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein
Western Front By: RBorg - Last update: 12/14/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x8 x5 x8
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Planned with the utmost secrecy, German "Operation Watch on the Rhine", launched in the wee hours of December 16, 1944. Hitler's objective: To conduct a blitzkrieg on what the US First Army considered a "quiet" front and push through the densely forested Ardennes Massif under the cover of heavy overcast weather. He hoped to split the British and American lines, capture Antwerp and wipe out the encircled Allied armies in order to help negotiate a favorable peace treaty.

South of Manteufell's front, the 110th Infantry Regiment faced the main thrust of the attacking German divisions, alone on an 11-mile front. Having crossed the River Our easily, the German Infantry infiltrated the woods of Luxembourg while its Combat Engineers were struggling to bridge the river for the tanks of 2. Panzer-Division. Overrun by German infantry, the village of Marnach soon fell. Using Clervaux as a strongpoint, Colonel Fuller attempted to stage a counter-attack and recapture Marnach. But the bridges had now been built; With 2. Panzer on the move, Clervaux had to be evacuated. The road to Bastogne now lay open...

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

Axis Player
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player
[United States]
Take 5 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
8 Medals.

The villages of Heinerscheid and Marnach, and the Castle in Clervaux are Permanent Medal Objectives (Turn Start) for the Axis forces.

The two road hexes with an Exit marker are Exit hexes for the Axis forces.

Special Rules:
Winter Combat (Actions 25 - Combat Cards), Winter Weather (Actions 26 - Winter Weather) and Reduced Visibility (Actions 27 - Reduced Visibility) rules are in effect.

Place a badge on the Allied Tank Destroyer unit (Troops 24 - Tank Destroyers).

The River Our is impassable. For the Axis forces, Pontoon Bridge rules are in effect (Terrain 33 - Pontoon Bridges).

Scenario Bibliography:
Tank destroyers

W/D Board
Winter Wars

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