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Whittmann's Last Charge - August 08, 1944

Operation Totalize - Battle of Cintheaux
Western Front By: jamesherrell - Last update: 12/20/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
On the evening of August 7, 1944 General Bernard Montgomery commenced 'Operation Totalize' with the aim of eliminating all organized German resistance around Falaise in preparation for a decisive breakout from Caen, France.. The Canadian First Army was ordered to advance east and west of the major road leading to Falaise and capture the town by noon the next day. By evening the assembled tanks of the Canadian 4th and Polish 1st Armored Divisions, 600 strong, had penetrated five kilometers into the German positions. Facing them were two battle groups of the 12th Panzer Division with just 50 tanks to meet the threat.

Veteran Panzer commander Michael Whittmann was ordered to 'defend the front with a spearpoint attack at Cintheaux' in a last ditch attempt to halt the Allied forces. Whittmann and his battalion reached Cintheaux, where they destroyed a number of enemy tanks attacking the panzer grenadiers holding out in the ruins of the village. The enemy counterattacked in waves. With enemy artillery shells exploding all around him, Whittmann advanced into the wall of enemy fire. His last words, heard over the radio, were "Step on it: move, move, move!"

The stage is set, the battle lines drawn, you decide the outcome.

Briefing:
Axis - 5 command cards
You move first

Allied - 5 command cards

Conditions of Victory:
The road hex north of Cintheaux counts as a victory medal for the Axis forces.

Several of the Axis units on their left flank have been damaged by the aerial bombardment and start with 3 figures.

Special Rules:
None

Scenario Bibliography:
Panzer Aces: German Tank Commanders of WWII by Franz Kurowski. Stackpole Military History series.

Warning:
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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