Panzer Grenadier Battles on May 26th:
Afrika Korps #47 - Operation SKORPION
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The DCR Battle Game
Defense of France #12
(Defender) France vs Germany (Attacker)
Formations Involved
France 22e Division d’Infanterie
France 4e Division Légère Mécanique
France 5e Division Cuirassée de Réserve
Germany 12th Panzer Division
Germany 14th Panzer Division
Germany 551st Sturmgeschutz Battalion
Germany 56th Infantry Division
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Draw 0
Side 2 0
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Scenario Rank: --- of 559
Parent Game Defense of France
Historicity Alt-History
Date 1942-09-01
Start Time 06:00
Turn Count 186
Visibility Day & Night
Counters 999
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 8: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32
Layout Dimensions 112 x 86 cm
44 x 34 in
Play Bounty 489
AAR Bounty 225
Total Plays 0
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Breakout
Bridge Control
Delaying Action
Kill Them All
Road Control
Urban Assault
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Reinforcements
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Defense of France counters
Fall of France maps + counters
Kursk - Burning Tigers counters
Liberation 1944 counters
Introduction

Note: This is a Battle Game including Scenarios 6-10.

The five scenarios are examples of the types of engagements envisioned for the DCR. These units were the heavy hitters, designed to crush their opponents. Victory in the battle game is based on whether the DCR commander or his opponent is more successful in thwarting the enemy.

The goal of the French player is stop the German attack in its tracks and when possible carry the battle to the Germans. The operational goal was either to destroy unit cohesion or force the Germans into a slogging match. The German player is looking to continue their advance into France and keep the French from catching their breath. The attacks of the DCR needed to be blunted quickly and any gains held to local and insignificant terrain, leaving the mobile troops to continue their operations.

Conclusion

The DCRs were designed with power in mind, unlike their swifter cousins in the DLMs they focused on firepower and protection rather than speed and guile. While tactically the French Army had much to learn in 1942, from a technological standpoint their equipment was roughly equivalent to that which the Germans brought with them.


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
  • Tank Destroyer: 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).
  • Prime Movers: Transports which only transport towed units and/or leaders (May not carry personnel units). May or may not be armored (armored models are open-top). All are mechanized. (SB)
  • Armored Transports: These are not combat units and are therefore not APC's, and they can transport all types of transportable units (5.6) so they are not Prime Movers. They suffer the same vulnerabilities in combat as open-top AFV's (7.61). All are mechanized. (SB)

Display Order of Battle

France Order of Battle
Germany Order of Battle
Heer
  • Motorized

Display Errata (6)

6 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)
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The Pz IVe appearing in the original Panzer Grenadier game had an Anti tank value of 4-7. As of Afrika Korps (2002), continuing onward through the 3rd and 4th edition games, the anti tank value has been 4-4.

(plloyd1010 on 2016 Jul 25)
Overall balance chart for 63

The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "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)
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Liberation 1944's Tiger movement and armor ratings are backwards. They should be Armor 7 and Movement 5.

(petermc on 2014 Feb 14)
Overall balance chart for 54

The movement allowance on the counters in Airborne is misprinted. It should be "3."

(rerathbun on 2012 Jan 30)
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