[Normandy] Crossing of Elle river - June 12, 1944

Hardening defense.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/09/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the crossing of the swampy area of Aure river, the soldiers of 29th US Infantry Division who advanced towards Saint-Lô, entered in the normand bocage (hedgerow). On the Elle river, the German defense was stronger. Units of the German 352.Infanterie Division, exhausted by 6 continuous days of battle were reinforced by a regiment of the 353.Infanterie Division, just arrived on the front. The first US attempt to cross the Elle river was repelled with heavy losses by an enemy counter-attack, but with the support of tanks and artillery, the US infantry achieved to capture Saint-Clair-sur-Elle. The advance towards Saint-Lô looked more difficult than expected.

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

Allied player [United-States]
6 command cards, you move first.

Axis player [Germany]
5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

St Jean de Savigny, Le Mesnil and St Clair/Elle are each a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
The Elle river is fordable (Terrains 41 - Fords and fordable rivers).

Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the unit equipped with Mortar (SWAs 6 - Mortar Late War).

The Allies may place a Smoke Screen (Actions 21 - Smoke Screen) at the beginning of each turn.

The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
"D'Omaha à St-Lo, la bataille des haies" - Albert Pipet.

Album Mémorial Bataille de Normandie - Ed. Heimdal.

Carte IGN 1/50000 n°1412 - Balleroy.

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