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Platanias - May 23, 1941

Unternehmen Merkur
Mediterranean Theater By: RBorg - Last update: 12/16/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
By late morning on May 23rd, the Fallschirmj├Ągers of Oberst Ramcke had set up a defensive position on the Platanias River bridge near the coast. Inland, Oberst Utz moved to take the village of Modi. Defended by New Zealanders, the village fell after a fierce fight. The Allied artillery, which had been shelling the Germans at Maleme airfield for days, was now outflanked and forced to fall back.

In the early afternoon, Captain Baker and his men attempted to retake the bridge, but the Germans held and counterattacked. As for the Cretan Partisans and the 8th Greek Regiment that had moved forward from Agia Marine, they only proved to be a minor hindrance to the Germans and did not stop their advance.

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

Axis Player [Germany]
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player [Great Britain]
Take 5 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.

The bridge is a Last to Occupy Medal Objective worth 1 medal for the side that occupies it last. The unit occupying the bridge may vacate it, and its player will continue to hold the medal, provided no enemy troop captures it.

The town of Modi is a Temporary Medal Objective worth 1 Medal for whoever controls Modi. In addition, if an Axis unit manages to occupy Modi, the Allied artillery unit up in the hills immediately loses its sandbags for the rest of the battle.

The towns of Stalos, Agia Marina and Platanias are Start Turn Temporary Medal Objectives worth 1 medal each for the Axis forces. If a unit vacates a town hex for any reason (movement, retreat or elimination), that medal is immediately lost.

Special Rules:
British Commonwealth Forces Command rules are in effect (Nations 5 - British Commonwealth Forces).

The Cretan Partisan Civilian unit only has 3 figures and it is played like French Resistance (Nations 1 - French Resistance).

Place a badge on the four Axis Para Special Forces units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units).

The Axis forces have Air Superiority. When an Air Power card is played, the Axis player rolls 2 dice, the Allied player only 1 die.

The entire Platanias River is fordable (Terrain 41 - Fords & Fordable Rivers).

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