Afrika Korps #35
|Australia||24th Infantry Brigade|
|Britain||1st Royal Northumberland Fusilier Machine-gun|
|Germany||104th Panzergrenadier Regiment|
|Germany||115th Panzergrenadier Regiment|
|Overall Rating, 7 votes|
|Scenario Rank: 362 of 607|
|Parent Game||Afrika Korps|
|Layout Dimensions||88 x 58 cm
35 x 23 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Afrika Korps||maps + counters|
By late July 1941 the Axis held a portion of the original defensive position in the southwestern portion of the Tobruk perimeter. The fortress commander, General Morshead, determined that offensive action was in order. Australian staffers developed a plan to retake much of the original line. The 2/28th Battalion would attempt to take the westernmost German-held posts, S7 and S6.
Australian engineers blew paths through the minefields around S7, but were shot to pieces trying the same thing on the approaches to S6. Despite heavy casualties, Post S7 was taken, but the Diggers could not break into Post S6. The Very pistol to be used to signal success at Post S7 had been shot off the hip of the platoon commander and no one knew the post had been taken. The troops who had taken the post held out for the remainder of the day, but finally had to surrender.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|2 Errata Items|
The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".
(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
|Taking Entrechments Pt II|
Another entrenchment scenario from AK. This time, it is the Australians trying to take two from the Germans.
To keep this one short, the Australians started to go around the southern end through the dug-in Germans and then approach from the rear the S6 and S7 locations. The Australians lost their only ENG when trying to breach some mines due to German fire, so the allied player changed to a frontal assault on the S7. Troops also broke through the mines to fire point blank on S6. German fire eliminated six allied steps, and the allies took S6 by fire and demoralizing the Germans. However, they were not able to take S7. Assaults on the last turn did not break the final German defenders in S7, so the game ended in a draw.
Another quick play scenario from AK, and one that is interesting due to the prepared defenses and the allied armor.
|A Rough Approach|
Set-up is fairly prescribed: Germans place INF+HMGs in the two objective hexes and place the remainder of the INF around the perimeter and the 50mm AT and 81mm mortars in the "interior."
CW plans are to swing INF around the "dug-in" side of the German line and the slower moving HMGs though an infiltration through the minefields between one objective hex and the end of the German line. CW forces are depending on Captain Courageous (10-1-2).
CW OBA (three turns only) was ineffective.
Turn 1-2 the CW lose an ENG step to OF in the minefield, but make the morale check. As this is a 1-value minefield, other units can now "flow" through the hex. Perhaps being a bit frisky, CW forces also try to infiltrate without the ENG on the other side of 0407, but lost a step on turn 2. Although the CW push through a strong force, German OBA and mortars eventually DEM the ENG(R) pushing him off the minefield hex and OF kills another leader. CW try to push more leaders and an INF over the 1-value minefield only to have two consecutive 6's rolled! A bloody morning for the officer ranks.
The sweep around the SE end of the German line gets bogged down in assaults with neither side able to get much of an advantage. Eventually, Captain Courageous + 3xHMG gets into assault in 0407 with Germ 10-1-1 + HMG + INF (Entr). This does bring on the CW armored reinforcements. The "first fire" in defense allows the Germans to wittle down CW attack; then recover from the subsequent assault.
By turn 8 (of 11), CW are still in assault in 0407 with no net damage to the Germans holding it; the other post, 0608 is unmolested. The Matilda is stopped on a minefield (the ENG(R) was killed by the dreaded '2' on the 7-col DF). The A13's were in the two assaults in the SE section. As the Germans had inflicted 11 step losses (their VC) and it being extemely unlikely that 0407 could be reduced (and 0608 approached and taken), I "called" the game here.
I enjoyed the action in this one so 4/5 for a good solid scenario with some interesting features (night attack; hill terrain; mines).
This scenario was played as a team event by my gaming group. I act as moderator and facilitator for each game, and I do not participate directly as a player. My listing of “winning” is based on the PG HQ site cannot support a neutral role in AARs.
I had set up a larger scenario, but some last minute bail-outs forced me to restructure to this scenario. The German player showed up on time, and had plenty of time to set up as the Australian ran close to an hour late. That's a lot of time to set up your defenses. Except one small difference, he set it up as I would have, and it was pretty rock solid. The Aussie showed up finally, set up his attack, and that was the last enjoyable moment of the scenario.
The Aussie engineers, trying to create the path that would let the Brit tanks come on board, jumped into the minefield. The Germans rolled, and the engineers vaporized. Scenario effectively over. The Aussies kept trying though, and the German kept rolling out of his backside for mines, not to mention point blank fire. In three turns the Aussies had suffered over 8 step losses and the Germans victorious. There weren't enough Aussies left to have a chance. Game over, tear it down. Much unhappiness and lack of satisfaction for everyone.
Yes, the Germans had rolled well, but even if they hadn't, I cannot see much chance of the Aussies ever winning this. A good German defense makes it near impossible for a small Australian force to take TWO positions from the Germans, especially with only one Aussie engineer unit. The historical description indicated the engineers attempted to break the line at each defensive point. Can't do that with just one unit. This is an 11 turn scenario. No way you're gonna split the forces in half, get through the minefields with one engineer, and have enough left to take the positions. What a joke! And hey, thank goodness for that Aussie 2-pdr. Not one target on the board it can engage, unless they shoot the Brits. The Germans considered running out and killing it, but I pointed out that would take more time.
This scenario added another scenario selection rule in addition to the "no more surrendering Italians" rule. Now, no more night assaults in the desert. It almost caused us to drop Afrika Korps from our playlist. The only saving grace to the evening was it played so quick we were able to break out a game of Starfire and have some fun for the night!