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Fuller's Counterattack
Battle of the Bulge #12
(Attacker) Germany vs United States (Attacker)
Formations Involved
Germany 2nd "Vienna" Panzer Division
United States 110th Infantry Regiment
United States 707th Tank Battalion
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Balance:



Overall balance chart for BaBu012
Total
Side 1 4
Draw 5
Side 2 10
Overall Rating, 19 votes
5
4
3
2
1
2.95
Scenario Rank: 474 of 565
Parent Game Battle of the Bulge
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-12-17
Start Time 07:15
Turn Count 9
Visibility Day
Counters 61
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 2: 11, 9
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 72
AAR Bounty 145
Total Plays 19
Total AARs 4
Battle Types
Enter & Exit
Urban Assault
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Reinforcements
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Battle of the Bulge maps + counters
Introduction

The German advances on the 16th had largely been held by American resistance, but contact with Company B of 110th Infantry Regiment at Marnach had ceased and German troops had been spotted moving west of the town. Colonel Fuller, commander of the 110th Infantry Regiment, proposed a three-pronged attack on Marnach using the whole of the division reserve, and received approval from division headquarters. The goal of the attack was the relieve the garrison, if it still existed, and to block German movement on Clerf.

Conclusion

Only two of the three American prongs actually attacked, the third being decimated before reaching the battlefield. The two-company attack from Clerf was driven back with casualties, but the small tank-infantry team from Munshausen actually reached the outskirts of town only to discover that the garrison was no longer there.


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.
  • Closed-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables. Do not take step losses from Direct or Bombardment Fire. If X or #X result on Fire Table, make M morale check instead (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Provide the +1 modifier on the Assault Table when combined with infantry. (Modifier only applies to Germans in all scenarios; Soviet Guards in scenarios taking place after 1942; Polish, US and Commonwealth in scenarios taking place after 1943.) (ACC)
  • Tank: all are closed-top and provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable
  • Assault Gun: if closed-top, provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable
  • Self-Propelled Artillery: do not provide the +1 Assault bonus, even if closed-top (SB)
  • APC – Armored Personnel Carrier: These are Combat Units, but stack like Transports. They can transport personnel units or towed units. They are not counted as combat units for the +1 stacking modifier on the Direct Fire and Bombardment Tables (4.4). They may be activated by regular leaders and tank leaders (1.2, 3.34, 4.3, 5.43). They do not provide the +1 Assault bonus (ACC).
  • Armored Cars: These are Combat Units. They are motorized instead of mechanized. All have their own armored car leaders, who can only activate armored cars (6.85). Do not provide the +1 Assault bonus (ACC).
  • Reconnaissance Vehicle: 8.23 Special Spotting Powers Both foot and vehicle mounted recce units (1.2) possess two special spotting abilities. The first ability is that they can spot enemy in limiting terrain at one hex further than the TEC specifies for other units and leaders. For example, an enemy unit in town can normally be spotted at three hexes or less, but a recce unit can spot them at four hexes.Their second ability is that they can place a Spotted marker on any one enemy unit they can spot per turn, just as if the enemy unit had "blown its cover" by firing. Such Spotted markers are removed as described earlier.

Display Order of Battle

Germany Order of Battle
Heer
  • Motorized
United States Order of Battle
Army
  • Mechanized
  • Motorized

Display Errata (4)

4 Errata Items
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)
Overall balance chart for 41

All SS PzIVH tanks should have a movement of 8.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
Overall balance chart for 47

All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
Overall balance chart for 51

One Wespe (ID# 1201) should have an armor value of 1 on the front and back of the counter.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)

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Battle of the Bulge, Scenario #12, Fuller's Counterattack
Author JayTownsend
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2010-01-01
Language English
Scenario BaBu012

After setting it up, I decided that there was no way the Americans could control all the town hexes on the other side of the board with one large German force already there and another one coming on turn two. So I decided to get one of the other two victory conditions. I could win either by eliminating 6 German steps or blocking all there reinforcement from exiting the western edge of play. As the German, I new I could control the town but I also had to exit all the reinforcements that entered on turn two off the board with only 2 step losses. So I attacked the Americans hard, with my Initial or first group of Germans, as they could loss any number of steps, hopefully less then 6 however! The Second group of Germans gathered in the town over the next 3 or 4 turns while the first group tried to soften up the Americans. As the Americans, I knew that the Germans didn’t have time to get all there reinforcements off the west edge through the forest and hills in 9 turns. So I put most of my forces in the center, where the road runs through and blocking forces on the North & South edge of the forest, to contain any flanking moves. I could risk as many step losses as I wanted, as long as I either contained all the reinforcement from exiting or get 6 total step losses on any of the German forces. I committed my German reinforces too late to break out. I started using my Armor from that second group with about four turns left, thinking the first group could do it with out help and I could just sail through to the other side with out risking the two step thing from my reinforcement group. Wrong, I should have committed that armor right away as the Americans only have one Sherman platoon. I kept it busy with the Stug IIIG and the PzIVF2 from the first group. I usually lose my Sherman Tanks in scenarios with only one platoon, but not this time! The Sherman counter #1508 must be one of the luckiest ones around! It survived 5 AT dice rolls and two assaults with only a disruption but he pulled back a little farther into the forest road hexes before the Panthers and more PzIVH’s came around. The Sherman also took out 1 step of Stug IIIG. The Americans did loss all of their Artillery after only one turn because of special rule number 3, I rolled a one after one turn but at least I got to disrupt one German Infantry unit with it. By turn 9, I had one more assault going on that would have freed up the whole road hex leading out of the West edge of the board. If I had just committed that second group of armor sooner, I would have opened up that whole bottleneck and poured my German reinforcements off the west edge for a victory but I was denied by that stubborn American Infantry. Good dice rolls might have helped also. The Americans won by steps and not allowing the German reinforcement group off the board! The casualty list included 9 American step and 3 Lieutenants, the Germans had 10 step losses, all from the initial German set up group. The Americans paid a price to get the victory and the German were too careful with their second force of reinforcements and didn’t help the first Elements of the 2nd Panzer Division until it was too late in the game to bust through. One thing I noticed about this scenario, towards the end of the game, you must keep track of which group of German is the first group and which is the second group, as they start to get mixed and you can only loss 2 steps from the second group. I think by the way I played the scenario, it should have been called, Fuller's delaying action!

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Fuller gets overrun
Author campsawyer
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2010-01-01
Language English
Scenario BaBu012

This one is very interesting as the title makes you think the Americans are attacking, but give the American and German OOB's, I think the Americans need to be on the defense or at least "hit and run" tactics. The Germans have two forces to start with, either on is superior to the Americans, but there a trick. The reinforcements must move on and off the board for the Germans to win. So if the Americans can snipe at them they will be very limited in terms of response and if the onboard Germans try to help, the Americans can try to capture the towns.

Given this the Americans setup in the woods on board 9 around the road ready to pounce. The Germans are in the towns on board 11. To begin the Germans move a company of troops up from the town to try to engage the Americans before the reinforcements enter. The Americans stay put and wait. The German company runs into the first American platoons waiting American Op fire slows them down but eventually the get close for the assault. Meanwhile the reinforcements slowly make their way down the road. The Americans look to their OBA to knock out the recon company, but it has no effect. The Americans need to get rid of the recon company. So move platoons get into Op fire positions. German on board and off board artillery start having effects on the Americans as the German tanks are moving on to board 9 into a support position. A third of the way through the scenario and the Americans are hurting with step loses and disruption. The Germans look to reinforce the company with more troops from the town as it look unlikely the Americans will mount an attack on the towns. Two companies more north and south of the road to try to flank the Americans. The recon company with tanks moves in for assaults. At this point in my notes, I was wishing for infantry AT, with came after this game. The German assaults were devastating, step losses and demoralizations on every assault. By turn 6, the Germans were at the crossroads on board 9. The lone American tank had be looking for a good ambush site. But was destroyed by a Panther before it could find a hiding place. With the road open the German reinforcements move easily off the board to with the game. Fullers command was destroyed and the remnants scattered into the woods.

I like the scenario, but the American infantry need something to attack armor with. The German recon company was lucky with dice rolls but with the addition of Panthers, the Americans could not stop then. I am looking forward to playing again, this time with infantry AT guns.

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Fuller's Counterattack
Author waynebaumber
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2011-07-26
Language English
Scenario BaBu012

Looking for a quick game to play solo and thus gain promotion this month I looked through the BotB scenario book and came across this gem. Only 9 turns but with a reasonable amount of units this one caught my eye. Don't be confused by the title of this the US troops are unlikely to be attacking as a quick read of the VC and OOB will show. The VC state that the American player will win if all town hexes are American controlled at the end of the game. As the initial German forces start on the town board and are equal in strength to the US forces this aint going to happen. However look at the German VC, In effect do not lose 6 steps, all reinforcing unit must cross the board and not lose 2 steps in so doing and control all town hexes. This will be a tall order, the VC's are not clear if trucks are included in the step loss total (I presumed not) nor does it say if neither side win then the result is a draw ( I would also presume that). I also gave the INF/GREN on both sides A/Tank weapons. The battle started with an advance by the initial German forces towards the edge of the woods on board 9 where the US forces had set up. The idea was to pin then down in order that the reinforcing units could drive around the battle and exit the map. This worked after a fashion with US units disrupting but also cost the Germans 2 step losses. By GT3 2 US steps had also been lost and the US OBDA had run out of ammo. The German commander decided to run his units around the south flank and moved all his reinforcing units in that direction, the US player responded in kind but could only disengage 2 platoons initially however he had kept his sole tank unit on the road to the rear of the battle line and that swiftly moved southwards as well. The next turn saw a further 2 Ger steps lost due to accurate opportunity fire, this was meant that the German initiative dropped to below the US. The US commander then waited until the German flanking units had moved he had seen that the GREN units were still embussed the Sherman platoon then drove out of cover and were in LOS of the half tracks carrying a company of Panzer Grenadiers. It would all now depend on the initiative roll, If the US won he would destroy both half track and their hapless cargo if German player won the Panther's accompanying the half tracks would pulverize the Sherman's before they had chance to fire. The US won the die roll,the Sherman's fired 2 SPW destroyed along with 4 steps of GREN. GAME OVER. This is a very tough game for the German's to win and my FtF opponent would probaly not even have tried and gone for the draw digging his units in on the ridge and inviting the US player to attack. If the German player goes for it he needs to not make the mistake I did of leaving units on their transport in order to save 2 MP a turn, he will also need the best of the die rolls. I have rated this a high three because its quick,fun and does present the German player with an interesting problem to solve. Well worth a look if you have only limited time for a game.

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Stopped Cold
Author thomaso827
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2014-05-04
Language English
Scenario BaBu012

Looking at this scenario, it looked like a certain win for the Germans. The first part to the US goal, clearing out all the Germans from a large town, just looked way too daunting, so holding a German rush to clear a large mechanized force through the US troops and off the board became the goal. Germans had to get all but 2 steps off of the force that starts entering on turn 1. Running this solo, the US sat up a solid line of infantry with HMGs just far enough inside the woods and hills on the east side of the table, with reinforcing infantry adding in while the reinforcing Shermans moved forward to the edge of the woods to draw fire and spot for the limited US artillery support. This had mixed results, with the Wespe exposing itself and taking a shot at the Shermans, doing no damage but the US artillery just managed to get that one turn of fire before they ran out of ammo (rolled a 1 after that one and only shot). The German reinforcement element headed for the US in the woods, Panthers and MkIVs up front, and the other German armor that start in the town joined in, since losses from them don't count against the German force trying to go through and exit the east edge. After several turns of US passing and Germans moving forward, it finally came time for a duel between the Shermans and the Panthers, taking a step loss and a disruption on the US platoon. The remaining step of US armor decided to move back rather than attempt a morale check in close proximity to the Panthers, and this drew the Germans that much closer to the US infantry waiting in the wood. The Shermans became demoralized when the time came to check again, but US infantry assaulted leading elements of German armor with telling results. By the end of turn 8, the starting German StuGIII had been eliminated (2 steps down), and an additional Mk IVH and APC loaded with Infantry were lost to US assaults while the US lost the final step of the Sherman to fire from one of the Panthers and an HMG platoon to the only really good assault the German armor was able to fight. End game, the Germans lost a total of 5 steps from the mobile force, giving the win to the US. Great game, definitely want to play again when I recruit some local folks for face to face play.

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