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Second-Hand Lions
Elsenborn Ridge #4
(Attacker) Germany vs United States (Defender)
Formations Involved
Germany 62nd Infantry Division
United States 106th "Golden Lion" Infantry Division
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Balance:



Overall balance chart for ElsR004
Total
Side 1 7
Draw 1
Side 2 2
Overall Rating, 10 votes
5
4
3
2
1
3.7
Scenario Rank: 158 of 598
Parent Game Elsenborn Ridge
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-12-16
Start Time 05:30
Turn Count 30
Visibility Day
Counters 81
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 1
Maps 4: 22, 23, 24, 25
Layout Dimensions 86 x 56 cm
34 x 22 in
Play Bounty 108
AAR Bounty 143
Total Plays 10
Total AARs 4
Battle Types
Road Control
Rural Assault
Urban Assault
Conditions
Entrenchments
Off-board Artillery
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Elsenborn Ridge maps + counters
Introduction

The German battle plan had been formed based solely on situation maps, but when patrols discovered that a green American infantry division had been inserted into the line Fifth Panzer Army command altered its approach. The "Golden Lions" of the 106th Infantry Division had been raided to provide replacements for other divisions' combat losses. Hastily re-trained anti-aircraft gunners, washed-out pilot trainees and men of the Army Specialized Training Program filled the ranks instead. On the German side, the assault would be undertaken by the "ethnic Germans" of the 62nd Volksgrenadier Division - Czech and Polish conscripts with little enthusiasm for their enemy's Fatherland.

Conclusion

Col. Friedrich Kittel had grand plans for his division: it would tear a gap in the American lines and his bicycle-mounted reserve battalion would dash through to capture St. Vith and the trains loaded with gasoline he imagined waiting there. Though the American defenders were inexperienced, Kittel's troops were even worse; to get them to attack his officers had to ply them liberally with alcohol and then lead from the front. Officer casualties were massive and progress was made only through sheer weight of numbers.


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)
  • Assault Gun: if closed-top, provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable
  • 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)

Display Order of Battle

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

Display Errata (2)

2 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 63

The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)

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The Devil always shits..
Author Bart
Method Solo
Victor Draw
Play Date 2013-03-30
Language English
Scenario ElsR004

There's a Dutch saying: The devil always shits on the same heap (pardon my French..), in other words, once you've become unlucky you always will be. Exactly this happened to the Germans. To cover all possible entrances the American forces were spread out north-south with the howitzer in the northwestern town. I decided to go for the northern road with the Germans and quickly occupying the eastern town on bd 23, together with the town hexes attached to the northern road that would secure the minimum number of town hexes the Germans needed. And then the American off board arty started with a vengeance.. On top of that the 1-11-2 Lt. Colonel put up a very stiff fight in the hamlet on the woods edge of bd 22. At 10.15 that resistance nest was taken and a breakthrough was attained. However, the off- and on board American artillery in the mean time had done its thorough job, the German force was a strung out mass of demoralized and disrupted misery, running east- west along the northern boards. The punch was almost gone from the German attack, and by then more than 17 steps were already lost. With the help of a 1-10-1 Lt and a 0-9-2 Captain however enough units were recovered to setup a last, all out, attempt to take the last northwestern town and get a draw. In a tense fight in which the American Lt. Colonel again took an heroic role, the American struggled until the last turn(!) to keep a foothold on the road. Only one step of infantry plus three officers were left (among them our hero Lt. Colonel) in an assault with a StUG unit, a Grenadier and a HMG unit (all in good order). The German assault dr was a 5 on the 24 column.. End of battle. The Americans ended with an occupying force of 2 units in the southeastern town. They lost 6 officers, 1 deserted, 2 killed and three captured (our hero was allowed to keep is pistols :-)). The Germans lost 22 steps and one officer. The battle ended in a hard fought draw. My first 5 ever and deservedly so! The above attempt to a chronology is only a part of what happened.. Some noteworthies (in no particular order.. :)): - First AT shot at a German StUG at point blank was a 12.. one armor step down ;-) - I didn't keep a tally, but the majority of Ami offboard artillery rolls were 5 or lower. Oh and of course the occasional 11 or 12.. ;-) - German recovery was dismal, but due to the high number of + morale officers, the damage could be mitigated a bit.. - I used the fog of war optional and that became a real issue for the Germans as the game reached its end stage. But hey, the tension was there till the last turn, so the rule played its part brilliantly! :-) - I played this scenario over 3 sessions and during these sessions my mood swung from sulking chagrin at another bad German recovery roll to sheer amazement at another low American artillery roll.. I was almost sure there was a devine being playing bad smelling tricks with this game :-) I had a blast!

Bart

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Leones de segunda mano
Author enrique
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2008-12-07
Language Español
Scenario ElsR004

Redacté un breve AAR con fotos en Consimworld, en la dirección siguiente:

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@@.ee6fd1c/2989

(hacia mitad de página)

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Volkgrenadiers are more than a match for second line troops
Author campsawyer
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2011-08-22
Language English
Scenario ElsR004

An interesting scenario between second line troops. Americans have service personnel thrown into battle against the German Volksgrenadiers and this time the Germans win the day. But I can see it going the other way. The Germans must capture a road and town hexes and the Americans must deny them the way. American VC's make it more than just a set defense for the Americans and they will need move around to stay in the game.

The Germans have the advantage in numbers, infantry, tanks and onboard artillery. The Americans have OBA and the setup, but the morale is even and the leaders were evenly flipped as well. The Germans will have a bit of visibility hindrance on the Americans with the attack at dawn, but they will need to move quick as dawn is breaking.

The American setup has them attempting to deny the Germans the northern east-west road by deploying entrenchments along the road and a small force to hold the towns on board 22. The southern east-west road will be defended on the hill on board 23 and 25. The Germans will need to fight on the roads to get the victory, while the Americans must be flexible as they will not be able to hold the entrenchments and town forever.

With the scenario, the Germans split their forces with the Stugs with a smaller infantry force move down the northern east-west road, while the larger infantry/artillery force move on the southern east-west road. The Stugs encounter Americans in the town and the small infantry force engages the Americans with OBA and deployed Nebelwerfer's. The Americans low morale shows quickly with disruptions and demoralizations. Soon the Americans are running back to the first set of entrenchment and the Germans control the center towns on board 22. To the south the infantry scale the hill on board 23 to be hit with HMG fire from the entrenched Americans. Return fire demoralizes them but the Americans shift forces are the Germans try to flank them. American OBA finds its mark but can only demoralize the Germans. Good German leaders help the demoralized GREN's get back into the fight. Soon the Germans have the pinned in the two entrenchments and begin assaulting them. Early success with American counter attacks, demoralize the Germans but the number of GRENs overwhelm the Americans and soon the entrenchments are overrun and the Germans are moving on to board 25.

Back on the northern east-west road, American OBA finds the mark, but again it is just demoralizations and the Germans are quick to recover. The American entrenchments withstand repeated assaults and is finally reduced last in the game. The Americans try some gambling by pulling together some reduced and disrupted units to try a dash for the towns on board 23, but German OBA but an end to that gamble.

Meanwhile, the German infantry force clears the last two entrenchments on board 25 and the have the road and enough town hexes to win. The Americans try some last chance OBA to kill German units but come up short. In the end a major German victory.

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Second-Hand Lions
Author captwoosey
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2012-01-02
Language English
Scenario ElsR004

This scenario was played solo. The American force was led by an 11.1.2 Lt. Colonel and was placed in scattered defensive positions in an effort to cover both major thoroughfares, while preparing for fighting withdrawal. The Lt. Col., 2 x INF and an HMG were placed in the NE village crossroads area. Nearby was another INF platoon and a platoon of 57mm AT. A 9.1.0 Lt., 2 x INF, and another HMG platoon were entrenched on the north road to provide cover in anticipation of the Lt. Colonel’s expected withdrawal. The southern road was similarly covered. The German commander, Colonel Friedrich Kittel, divided is attacking grenadiers in two roughly equal forces. At 5:30 a.m. the Germans advanced steadily. The American commanders planned orderly withdrawal rapidly collapsed as the two INF platoons with him were demoralized by the surprise German attack. Delaying too long in an attempt to rally his second line troops, his small company was almost surrounded and overwhelmed in close combat. The Lt. Col and one INF platoon escaped during the dark and confusion, but most of his men disappeared or were hunted down in the woods. The Lt. Colonel made an ignominious escape and found his way back to the American lines. The American left flank, concerned by the collapse to their front, began to withdraw towards their second line of defenses. With no transportation available as all the truck drivers had been handed rifles and sent to the lines, the 57mm AT platoon was left alone to try and slow the German advance. In the south, the Germans quickly fought their way through the villages while the Americans fell back. The lone American 57mm AT platoon fought bravely to defend their guns but was eventually overwhelmed. However, they made the Huns pay dearly for their guns. The American right flank formed a defensive line in the wood line. By 7:30, many German units were lagging behind, demoralized by the American resistance. On the left flank, the Americans regroup and form a defensive line spanning the road. Over the next hour and a half, both German forces continuing attacking the American lines. Some of the lagging German units regain their courage, perhaps after some help from abandoned American alcohol, and rejoin their comrades. The American right puts up a stiff defense and the German attack there begins to stall. Unfortunately for the Amis, the left flank does not fare as well and collapses under the relentless German advance. With time almost out for Col. Kittel's force, the American left flank is completely destroyed. The Germans clear the northern road of all opposition and control all the towns. Result - Major Victory for the Germans.

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