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Battle of the Bulge #9
(Attacker) Germany vs United States (Defender)
Formations Involved
Germany 2nd "Vienna" Panzer Division
United States 109th Artillery Battalion
United States 110th Infantry Regiment
United States 447th AAA Battalion

Overall balance chart for BaBu009
Side 1 10
Draw 0
Side 2 11
Overall Rating, 23 votes
Scenario Rank: 329 of 609
Parent Game Battle of the Bulge
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-12-16
Start Time 10:15
Turn Count 13
Visibility Day
Counters 35
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 2
Maps 1: 10
Layout Dimensions 43 x 28 cm
17 x 11 in
Play Bounty 55
AAR Bounty 115
Total Plays 21
Total AARs 8
Battle Types
Urban Assault
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Battle of the Bulge maps + counters

As the details of the German advance emerged, General Norman Cota, commander of 28th Infantry Division, sent a large part of his small reserve to defend the village of Reuler. Reuler was just east of Clervaux, a village on the Clerf river with valuable bridges the Germans needed to capture if they hoped to continue their drive west.


The reserve force arrived in time to prevent the overrunning of the artillery battery. Against largely unsupported infantry, the American defensive measures were proving effective, but the placement of German bridges on the night of the 16th meant armor would spearhead the attacks on the 17th.

Display Relevant AFV Rules

AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).
  • AFV's are activated by tank leaders (3.2, 3.3, 5.42, 6.8). They may also be activated as part of an initial activating stack, but if activated in this way would need a tank leader in order to carry out combat movement.
  • AFV's do not block Direct Fire (10.1).
  • Full-strength AFV's with "armor efficiency" may make two anti-tank (AT) fire attacks per turn (either in their action segment or during opportunity fire) if they have AT fire values of 0 or more (11.2).
  • Each unit with an AT fire value of 2 or more may fire at targets at a distance of between 100% and 150% of its printed AT range. It does so at half its AT fire value. (11.3)
  • Efficient and non-efficient AFV's may conduct two opportunity fires per turn if using direct fire (7.44, 7.64). Units with both Direct and AT Fire values may use either type of fire in the same turn as their opportunity fire, but not both (7.22, 13.0). Units which can take opportunity fire twice per turn do not have to target the same unit both times (13.0).
  • Demoralized AFV's are not required to flee from units that do not have AT fire values (14.3).
  • Place a Wreck marker when an AFV is eliminated in a bridge or town hex (16.3).
  • AFV's do not benefit from Entrenchments (16.42).
  • AFV's may Dig In (16.2).
  • Open-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables, but DO take step losses from X and #X results (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT). If a "2X" or "3X" result is rolled, at least one of the step losses must be taken by an open-top AFV if present.
  • Anti-Aircraft Weapon Carrier: apply a -1 modifier to an air attack if within three hexes of the targeted hex (15.14).

Display Order of Battle

Germany Order of Battle
United States Order of Battle
  • Mechanized
  • Motorized
  • Towed

Display Errata (1)

1 Errata Item
Overall balance chart for 20

The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)

Display AARs (8)

A Town Under Siege
Author KirkH
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2009-08-09
Language English
Scenario BaBu009

Germans entered from southeast to use trees as cover to approach town. When US reinforcements arrived on turn 3 a firefight ensued in the woods just south of the town. Germans were able to get units to east part of town and tie up M16 by assaulting it. They also assaulted the 105 but were unable to destroy it. The M16 was able to disengage from its assault and then reinforce the hex with the 105 on the following turn. In the end there was still an assault going on for the hex at the center of town with the 105 and M16 in it. A fun, close scenario that will warrant replaying.

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Hook up and go!
Author Bart
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2012-05-30
Language English
Scenario BaBu009

I thought at first that this would be an easy ride for the Americans.. Not so.. Decided to enter the Germans from the southeast cutting off the allied approach from the south. Bringing the G on the board however proofed difficult with 2 or three units at the time. However, after a couple of turns 3 G units turned north and entered the city not covered by the M16. The M16 had to be moved to counter the threat and the G, having initiative, took a solid shot at the 105mm, which could have ended the scenario there and then, but failed miserably. The M16 in turn retaliated the turn thereafter with 1 step loss for the attacking G and the rest demoralised. The 105mm in the meantime went packing. Luckily the A had initiative next turn and the hooked up arty piece rattled north at a pace.

The A held on, with the help of the reinforcements who in the meantime had been fighting there way through and had entered the city. Having the arty pieces up north, I decided to let the G enter further north. To no effect however. The 105mm was hooked up and moved all the time. By turn 13 the city had to be shared by both.

2012-05-30 16:37

I must let my opponent see this as he lost as the US when my solitary German platoon needed a double 1 to end the game with an X on the gun ........... And they got it :-)

2012-05-31 03:10

Wow, some luck!

Yeah, I should've assaulted the gun when I had the chance but decided on a 11 shot, hmm decisions.. decisions.. Oh, when do we meet up through skype? I have to install still and get settled some more in my new home, but don't hestitate to call a date somewhere in june/july. Let's see if I can loose the bad habits I developed as pure solo player. F.e. I never declare any moves and shots beforehand.. :-)

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Ok, you can take off the clown noses now.
Author deleted
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2013-06-25
Language English
Scenario BaBu009

This scenario is basically exactly like #3, except the Germans come from the East, and they know exactly who you are. The other large difference is that instead of marching up the road naked with bulls-eyes on (I played #3 historically) I chose to have the Germans come at the town through the woods and even getting to path.

I think a big thing here for me was that I learned a great deal about how light woods and hills really affect the play of the Bulge. Once the Germans were able to deploy it became an interesting battle, and more importantly for me, an interesting example of how intel can change not only the course of battle, but clearly the choice of deployment as well. Played this one twice actually, with similar results. I’d like to see this one face-to-face.

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German attack succeeds in destroying artillery
Author Jockulus
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2017-10-28
Language English
Scenario BaBu009

The Germans mounted the attack from the east, and pushed a second force from the SE to attempt to block reinforcing US troops from the south. The Americans made a critical error by failing to use the truck detachments to quickly bring up some of the reinforcements. Consequently the Germans succeeded in blocking the US just south of the town, and launched several platoons into assaults to the east of the town. The Yanks failed to limber and move the arty when they could, until it was too late. Eventually the 105 failed a rally when demoralised so was eliminated. The Germans won also controlling most of the town.

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Reuler - Battle Of The Bulge Scenario 9
Author vince hughes (13)
Method Face to Face
Victor Germany
Participants waynebaumber (AAR)
Play Date 2009-08-03
Language English
Scenario BaBu009


Reuler : 16th December 1944

Scenario played 3rd August 2009

As the details of the German advance emerged, General Norman Cota, commander of the 28th Infantry Division sent a large part of his small reserve to defend the village of Reuler. Reuler was just east of Chervaux, a village of the Clerf River with valuable bridges the Germans needed to capture if they hoped to continue their drive west.

A battery of the 109th US Artllery battalion were located in Reuler along with a platoon of infantry and M16’ . It’s capture would be the key to the opening round of the battle. At 1015 hours the leading two platoons of German infantry entered the battlefield. Rather than head straight for Reuler, they instead had been ordered to push south and cut off the main road to euler to any would be US reinforcements.

For 45 minutes, both American and German troops skipped around the Ardennes firs whilst the artillery battery limbered up and was driven away from the village to the perceived safety of the woods. With the village practically empty, and US reinforcements quite distant having had their speediest route cut off by the two German platoons in advance, the remaining Germans were able to file towards Reuler.

But luck shone on the German vanguard platoons. As well as cutting off the main road, they were suddenly confronted by the sight of the American battery unlimbering before them just 400m away. Immediately, their commander ordered the infantrymen to open up on the unsuspecting US artillerymen Within 15 minutes of engaging them, thanks to super accurate assault-rifle and bolt-rifle fire, the battery had been wiped out completely. Thus within an hour, the German objectives for Reuler had been achieved completely without the loss of a single Grenadier!

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Famous Last Words!
Author waynebaumber (1)
Method Face to Face
Victor Germany
Participants vince hughes (AAR)
Play Date 2009-08-03
Language English
Scenario BaBu009

A nice litle scenario this. German forces after to destroy artillery battery to win. The Americans start with very few troops but get reinforcements. As usual I played the allies and thought I had set up the battery in a safe position,deployed though and ready to fire. Needless to say Vince attacked from exactly where I did not expect. And so it came to pass that he got troops within range, which gave him a 7 shot after modifications so I said "If you get a double 1 you will win.....Doh!" Shame coz it was turning out to be an intresting scenarion.

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Tried to do a Lee
Author arixius
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2012-08-29
Language English
Scenario BaBu009

The scenario has two victory conditions for the Germans; either eliminate an American 105mm arty or control all the town hexes.

At first, all the Americans are in the town. The Germans, entering the map piece-meal, march south of the town to a more protected approach. Immediately, the 105mm loads on a truck and, during the next turn, moves towards the northwest.

Now the Germans have to decide on two geographically different targets. Since the Germans are gathering within a few hexes south of the town and the truck with the 105mm is alone to the north the German chooses to enter a company well north to chase/engage the arty. Yes, I divided my forces, but come on, it worked for Robert E. Lee, didn't it?

The German "north" company approaches the lone 105mm when American reinforcements arrive and move to guard the arty. Yikes!

The Germans quickly move through two town hexes and are assaulting two others. The Americans are reinforcing the hexes as their casualties rise, but, man, their M16 is tough.

Finally, the "north" company flanks the US reinforcements and, by stretching, manages to assault the arty. But the assault was leaderless since the adjacent leader was guiding the remaining platoons to the assault hex. The single assaulting German infantry couldn't knock out the arty.

Knowing that help is on the way, the arty limbers and loads on its truck (I couldn’t find a rule stating that a truck couldn’t load in an assault hex; perhaps I was wrong). Now, the German assaults the loaded truck and a US infantry and manages to disrupt the truck, but gets pretty mangled.

The truck limps out of the assault hex leaving its rear guard to deal with the recovering Germans. The German mortar takes a few pot-shots at the arty without any affect.

Although the M16 is reduced there are still three town hexes in American control. The time runs out.

It’s amazing how close some scenarios are and it’s amazing how Lee split his troops and still scored a victory.

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Author mcgallons
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2010-02-04
Language English
Scenario BaBu009

We are near Reuler, a small town east of Clerveax. Are 10:45 am on December 16, 1944 when the 28th U.S. Infantry Division, led by General Norman Cota is sent to the village to maintain safe other divisions and to protect the artillery. The Germans advancing from the east in an attempt to take the village and cleaning the area, important for the many bridges to keep safe from enemy hands. The Germans advance on two fronts. Centrally expose themselves to the American artillery fire while on the south-east using the woods to stay indoors from enemy view. Cota with his troops move from south to the village but here he suffer enemy fire and must stop his advance. The German attempt to advance towards Reuler. German troops entered the city initiating close combat aganist enemy. Allied troops waiting in vain for reinforcements, committed to South and so 'the country falls into enemy hands.

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