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Sidi Rezegh: Counter-Attack
Desert Rats #15
(Attacker) Germany
(Attacker) Italy
vs Britain (Defender)
Formations Involved
Britain 2nd Royal Tank Regiment
Britain 4th Royal Horse Artillery
Britain 6th Royal Tank Regiment
Germany 361st “Africa” Panzergrenadier Regiment
Italy 39º Reggimento Fanteria "Bologna"

Overall balance chart for DeRa015
Side 1 2
Draw 1
Side 2 0
Overall Rating, 3 votes
Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Desert Rats
Historicity Historical
Date 1941-11-20
Start Time 05:30
Turn Count 36
Visibility Day
Counters 66
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 2
Maps 1: DR4
Layout Dimensions 88 x 58 cm
35 x 23 in
Play Bounty 117
AAR Bounty 156
Total Plays 3
Total AARs 2
Battle Types
Airfield Control
Rural Assault
Off-board Artillery
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Desert Rats maps + counters

Alarmed by the fall of Sidi Rezegh airfield, the Axis command ordeed the Afrika Division to take it back. Reinforced by an Italian battalion and some engineers, the one-time Foreign Legionaires launched a dawn attack on the Desert Rats.


The German attack faltered and finally collapsed under British artillery fire. The Italians managed to drag their anti-tank guns within range of the British tanks of 2nd RTR and drove them away, but they could not reach the airfield. More fighting would have to rage here before Crusader ended.

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).
  • 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

Display Order of Battle

Britain Order of Battle
  • Leader
  • Mechanized
  • Motorized
  • Towed
Germany Order of Battle
  • Motorized
  • Towed
Italy Order of Battle
Regio Esercito
  • Towed

Display Errata (2)

2 Errata Items
Overall balance chart for 871

Ignore the direct fire values.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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)

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Sidi Revenge
Author Brett Nicholson
Method Solo
Victor Germany, Italy
Play Date 2013-07-18
Language English
Scenario DeRa015

Before I begin with the results of this scenario I'll just briefly state that my Grand Uncle Basil served in the British Army during the North African campaign and he never discussed what he did there or what battles he took part in. All he had to say about his experiance there was that it was horrible and would quickly change the topic. Perhaps that's what inspired me to go through with 'Afrika Korps','Desert Rats' and 'South Africa's War' to more or less experiance, in some degree, why. This scenario was a fine example of a horrible yet heroic ending.

First off, the set-up was fixed with little flexibilty for initial unit placement but very logical for both sides concerned: The 361st "Afrika" Regiment on the Eastern portion of the ridge and the Italian 39th reinforced with German engineers on the Western side. The British had the 2nd RTR to delay the Western assault and the 6th RTR and artillery to defend the airfield proper. My only mistake with the British deployment I am aware of was with the 25-pounders which perhaps should of begun in hill hexes but even if they had dug-in there, once they had fired and been spotted they wouldn't have lasted long in either way. So thus they were the first British units to be eliminated by German OBA.

The opening British strategy was to delay both advances and take out all A.T. guns before they could be transported (dragged in the case of the Italian 47mm's) within range of Crusaders defending the small airfield. The German strategy was simple -knock out as many tanks as possible with the 37mm and 47mm while they were available and then, at the right time, with or without A.T. guns charge in at close quarters.

The Crusaders were able to hold off the attack, mostly with the aid of OBA, until 11:15/Turn 24 when Germans began to encircle the armored garrison from both the East, clear and in the open, and from the North with Engineers who waited unspotted directly North, on the ridge. At 13:00/Turn 31, with time running out, German forces assaulted with everything thing available while what few Italian units that chose to join in the attack were easily pushed back towards the ridge. By this time only maybe half of the tanks were left to defend and had just enough time to dig-in and stack up for maximum fire values.

The German assualts prevailed and by 13:30/Turn 33 the only Hail Mary the British had was to keep firing artillery into the assault hexes risking friendly fire results as all remaining tank platoons were pinned down with three separate assaults. However, the defending Crusaders did not give up easily and held out until 14:00/Turn 35 when the airfield was taken after a vicious struggle and for the German efforts, the (1-10-1) Lieutenant of the victorious assault was killed immediately afterwards by incoming artillery fire. At the scenario's end only one platoon of Crusaders were left and could not retake the airfield which had now been fortified and secured.

So, a German victory -yes, but a very hard-won one. Timing was essential, had the assault begun any later, even by one turn, the British would of most likely been able to hold the airfield, even if it was with just one platoon of tanks and retreating officers remaining by then. This was a very intense scenario and play. I wasn't certain of the outcome until just about at the scenario's end. The only thing I would of done differently with the British would have been to pull the 2nd RTR back sooner to dig-in below the ridge and just let the last of the 47mm A.T. guns be slowly dragged along after delaying them. But also, I felt it cowardly to leave one disrupted Crusader unit behind to be overrun by Italian forces, so it was defended until it could recover and join in the withdraw. If that disrupted unit had been left to it's fate ( it took many turns to recover) then possibly those units would of arrived earlier and been able to change the outcome. However, Crusader tanks, with a direct fire value of just 4 do not make a good defense unsupported, even triple stacked the highest that could be hoped for in defending an assault is a 9 but they did do a fine job of trying.

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La infantería italoalemana derrota a los "Crusader"
Author enrique
Method Solo
Victor Germany, Italy
Play Date 2013-10-22
Language Español
Scenario DeRa015

En este escenario una fuerza conjunta italoalemana, integrada por más o menos un batallón de infantería de cada nacionalidad, ataca a los fuerzas británicas que ocupan el aeropuerto de Sidi Rezegh. Las fuerzas del Eje están apoyadas por artillería fuera del mapa (3 x 10), dos secciones de AT de 37mm (alemanes) y tres secciones de AT de 47mm (italianos). El problema para ellos es que solamente disponen de dos secciones de camiones para transportalos. Los británicos cuentan con aproximadamente tres compañías de tanques "Crusader I" y el apoyo de dos baterías de artillería de 25-pdr, sus correspondientes transportes y una potente artillería fuera del mapa (3 x 13). El problema para los británicos es que solamente tienen un observador de artillería (un capitán), y que eliminado éste la artillería permanecerá muda.

La batalla tiene lugar de día. Los británicos despliegan en torno al aeropuerto. Las tropas del Eje lo hacen en una colina próxima.

Los del Eje inician la aproximación al enemigo y nada más empezar su artillería pone fuera de combate a una batería de 25-pdr enemiga. Poco tiempo después la otra batería también es destruida, con lo que los británicos sólo pueden contar con la artillería fuera del mapa. Los alemanes despliegan y ponen en posición sus dos secciones AT de 37mm y envían los camiones a recoger a los AT italianos y situarlos a distancia de tiro. Sin embargo, el contraataque de una sección de "Crusaders" destruye los camiones, lo que supone que los AT italianos de 47mm permanecerán demasiado lejos e inútiles.

Los del Eje van cercando lentamente a los británicos, que van formando un perímetro defensivo en torno al aeropuerto. La artillería del Eje consigue un gran éxito al aniquilar al observador enemigo, por lo que la artillería británica permanecerá muda a partir de ahora. Los AT alemanes disparan continuamente a los "Crusaders", aunque sin éxito. Sin embargo la artillería fuera del mapa del Eje concentra su fuego sobre los tanques británicos. consiguiendo desorganizar y desmoralizar a algunos. La ocasión es aprovechada por la infantería italoalemana, que asalta las posiciones enemigas. El perímetro defensivo blindado británico es arrollado. La lucha es furibunda, pero los tanques no pueden competir sin apoyo con la infantería enemiga a tan corta distancia.

Al final del turno 13, habiendo perdido el aeropuerto y sin posibilidad de recuperarlo, el comandante británico y los supervivientes se retiran vencidos.

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