Baraque de Fraiture (Parker's Crossroads) - December 20, 1944 - December 23, 1944

Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein
Western Front By: RBorg - Last update: 12/14/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x4 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Under orders from command to "hold at all costs", Major Arthur C. Parker of the 589th Field Artillery unit assembled a makeshift force of glider and parachute infantry, armored infantry, a few anti-tank guns and some Sherman tanks at the crossroads near the Belgian village of Fraiture. Repeated German attacks over the next few days were turned back as fuel supply problems limited the 2nd SS Panzer Division and 60th VolksGrenadiers. By the 23rd, however those fuel problems were solved and a powerful combined arms attack finally overwhelmed the out-manned Americans. By evening the position was lost. While the final outcome was never in doubt, by holding the crossroads for over 2 days, Parker's hastily-assembled troops prevented the German forces from advancing - giving the Allied forces in the area precious time to recover and reform.

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

Axis Player
Take 5 Command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player
[United States]
Take 4 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.

The Allied player suffers Sudden Death the instant that the Axis forces occupy all 3 town hexes at the crossroads.

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

Place a badge on the German elite infantry and tank units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units).

Place a badge on the Allied Army Half-Track unit (Troops 18 - Half-Tracks). Supply Vehicle rules are not in effect.

Place a badge on the 2 Allied Heavy Anti-Tank Gun units (Troops 23 - Heavy Anti-Tank Guns).

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

Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the Axis unit equipped with a Mortar (SWAs 6 - Mortar Late War). Place a badge on it.

Scenario Bibliography:
Elite units
Heavy AT-Gun
Tank destroyers

W/D Board
Winter Wars

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