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Battle of Mairy - August 09, 1944

Lorraine Campaign
Western Front By: gheintze - Last update: 09/01/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x5 x5 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In September 1944, Patton's Third Army was approaching the Moselle River and Metz in Northern France. However, General Otto von Knobelsdorff, the commander of the German First Army, was not content with holding the Moselle and planned a tank attack against the extreme left flank of Patton's Army.

This counteroffensive was approved by Hitler, but Knobelsdorff was only given 48 hours before the 106th Panzer Brigade was to be sent back to the reserve. The target of the attack was the 90th US Infantry Division, which had recently moved into the towns near Mairy and Briey.

Due to the hasty planning of the attack, little reconnaissance was performed before the 106th advanced south to Briey. In the early morning of September 8, they moved out in two columns, one through Mont-Bonvilliers and one through Trieux. The German armored column moving through Mont was almost past the 90th Infantry Division HQ in the wood near Landres before the Americans realized the column was German.

In spite of their surprise, the Americans began to attack the Germans as they advanced on Mairy. In addition, infantry units from Landres and Mercy moved to cut off the German retreat. Meanwhile, the second column encountered more American Infantry in Avril and was unable to support the attack on Mairy.

Panzer Brigade 106 was encircled by US Infantry and destroyed by the end of the afternoon.

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

Axis Player: Take 4 command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player: Take 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
5 Medals

The towns of Norroy, Avril, and Mairy are Temporary Objective Medals for the Axis forces.

Special Rules:
Special Weapon Asset rules are in effect for the units equipped with Anti-Tank weapons.

Air rules are not in effect. The Air Sortie cards are set aside and are not used in this mission.

Scenario Bibliography:
"Lorraine 1944: Patton vs. Manteuffel", Steven J. Zaloga, Osprey Publishing, Ltd., 2000.

"The Unknown Battle: Metz, 1944", Anthony Kemp, Stein and Day, 1980.

"The Lorraine Campaign", Hugh M. Cole, Government Printing Office, 1950.

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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