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Twin Villages: Finale
Elsenborn Ridge #12
(Attacker) Germany vs United States (Defender)
Formations Involved
Germany 12th Infantry Division
Germany 12th SS “Hitler Jugend” Panzer Division
United States 2nd "Indianhead" Infantry Division
United States 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion
United States 741st Tank Battalion

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Side 1 3
Draw 0
Side 2 6
Overall Rating, 9 votes
Scenario Rank: 46 of 598
Parent Game Elsenborn Ridge
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-12-19
Start Time 06:30
Turn Count 16
Visibility Day
Counters 56
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 1: 23
Layout Dimensions 43 x 28 cm
17 x 11 in
Play Bounty 83
AAR Bounty 136
Total Plays 9
Total AARs 5
Battle Types
Urban Assault
Off-board Artillery
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Elsenborn Ridge maps + counters

During the night of the 18th, the American command decided its troops had held the twin villages for as long as necessary to disrupt the German timetable. The defenders could pull out the next night. Meanwhile, the German command had decided that the Hitler Youth had had enough; the SS division would assault the twin village for one more day and then give way to an Army panzer grenadier division form the Army Group reserve. Kraas was determined to redeem his command with success, whatever the cost to his young fanatics.


Both sides remained relatively quiet during the night, but when daylight came fighting again erupted in both villages. Massive American artillery barrages again claimed many German infantrymen's lives, and in the early afternoon 2nd Infantry Division ordered its troops to pull out as soon as darkness fell. Fighting died down as the Americans prepared to leave, and rather than press their advantage the battered Hitler Youth and Volksgrenadiers gladly let them go.

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
  • Tank Destroyer: do not provide the +1 Assault bonus, even if closed-top (SB)

Display Order of Battle

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

Display Errata (5)

5 Errata Items
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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 reduced direct fire value of the SS HMG is 5-5 in Beyond Normandy and Road to Berlin.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
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The Units in Beyond Normandy were misprinted with a movement factor of 5. The movement factor should be 8.

(rerathbun on 2012 Mar 21)
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Liberation 1944's counters are mislabeled 'PzIVF2.' The counter's ratings are correct (Armor 5, Move 8, DF 11-6, AT 6-8).

(rerathbun on 2014 Feb 14)
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The M18 has a special rule in Battle of the Bulge but it applies globally: "A two-step M18 unit can fire one anti-tank shot and move half its movement allowance (retain fractions) in a single impulse. The order in which it does these two actions is the player's choice."

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)

Display AARs (5)

Es hat Hölle Geregnet
Author filbox
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2011-04-08
Language English
Scenario ElsR012

After an uneasy night, all hell broke lose when German Hitler Jugend troops found themselves in assault range of the American 99th Infantry Division.

With dawn breaking, the Germans immediately neutralized all American vehicles. However, while this was happening, the Americans made a strong bid for the Northern town. Defending SS troops suffered great losses and building by building, they lost control of the northern town. Two platoons of Panthers that came to the rescue of the Hitler Jugend couldn’t even slow the Americans down and were demolished within minutes.

Meanwhile, threatening units of the 12th Volksgrenadier took up positions on the eastern wooded hills but they were wiped out when a tremendous artillery barrage kept pounding them for more than an hour. Not one German unit or leader survived this rain of hell.

At 9.30, firing ceased and a stand-off ensued. The Americans had a tight hold on the northern village, whilst a few rugged SS and 2 platoons of PzIV held the southern town. Both sides had not the means nor the intentions of attacking the other because of the other side’s artillery threat. And so VP were counted and the Americans took it 45-39. All could have been very different were it not for the murderous american artillery support. Or as my opponent pointed out after the battle : «Es hat Hölle geregnet ! »

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Even The Tanks Are Bleeding
Author thomaso827
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2014-12-19
Language English
Scenario ElsR012

Wanting to play a Bulge game on this anniversary of the Bulge, and wanting to play something fitting to the date, I selected this scenario. The set-up includes both sides placing a total of 10 wreck counters in the two towns, and then the I-go-u-go thing as each side places a unit and then a leader until they are all placed. Germans won the initiative and pretty much kept it as far as I could manage to play, and it was sort of sad what Panthers and Mk IVs could do to tanks in adjacent hexes, as right from the start, they took out all 3 Shermans and both M-18s in turn 1 and lost a step of Panthers to a bazooka in turn 2. Otherwise, the US losses at the start of turn 6 was 30 to only 5 for the Germans, with US units stuck in assaults, cut off and surrounded so that any fleeing troops would be an immediate loss. With only a handful of US units left, their Colonel passed the word to only surrender to the German regulars, avoid the SS if possible, and with that, the twin villages fell into German hands.

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Rotunda victoria alemana
Author enrique
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2015-02-11
Language Español
Scenario ElsR012

Esta batalla comienza de una manera caótica, ya que ambos contendientes despliegan sus unidades una por una y alternativamente. Inicialmente tiene lugar una batalla de tanques en la que los "Sherman" y M18 americanos son completamente barridos por los "Panther" y PzIVH alemanes (aunque estos pierden una sección y media de de PzIVH).

Los combates se centran en torno a las dos ciudades, una al norte y otra al sur. Los americanos concentran la mayoría de sus fuerzas en la ciudad del norte, más grande. En la ciudad del sur, de apenas tres hexes, los alemanes controlan dos tercios. Aquí los germanos expulsan rápidamente a los americanos y se hacen con el control total de la población. Pero la verdadera batalla tiene lugar por el dominio de la otra población. Los alemanes hacen uso de dos secciones de "Panther" para ir desgastando (andanadas en la columna 22 de la tabla de fuego directo) a los defensores protegidos en las casas. Los americanos replican con el fuego demoledor de su artillería fuera del mapa (3x24, 6x18). Poco a poco los alemanes se van haciendo con el control de la población y anuquilando a la mayor parte de los defensores. Al final los alemanes consiguen controlar cuatro hexes de las dos poblaciones y neutralizar el resto, salvo un hex controlado por los americanos.

Los alemanes obtienen 49 VP y una victoria mayor. Los americanos obtienen 23 VP.

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Assualt can be your friend
Author Dan_Huffman (1)
Method Face to Face
Victor Germany
Participants unknown
Play Date 2016-04-05
Language English
Scenario ElsR012

This scenario has each side placing wrecks then units alternating US then German. This adds to the overall time to play. We ended up setting up mostly in the town hexes. At most 25% of the units were outside the town hexes. All of the tanks are in clear terrain. I won the the initiative with two activation s. Read the game rules. All inf type units have the special anti-tank capability. The US army Hellcats setup hidden. Did not read that. Would it have helped? Who knows.

I forgot about the German Army having only a 7/6 moral while the US Waffen is 8/7. Bruce kept the Germans separated into German and Waffen stacks. The first turn I had my tanks use AFV fire at 0 modifier. In return the Mk IV's and Panthers were +3 or more. The tanks were stacked w/inf so they could go into the assault and add a column shift. After the Germans destroyed my tanks assault was easier for them because of the column shifts. We slowly eliminated our infantry and one of the German tanks. It settles down into artillery duel. Bruce ended up +9 for a minor victory. Again remember the hidden M-18 and special anti-tank inf fire in assault. I think the US should use assault early in the game before his tanks are destroyed. Otherwise there are going to be stacks of 3 in the various town hexes.
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Slugfest in the towns
Author campsawyer
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2010-07-27
Language English
Scenario ElsR012

This screnario is very interesting and possibly a bit unbalanced for the Americans. The situation is the final attack on the twin villages. Germans have inflitrated the US lines and both towns are occupied by both German and American troops. An SSR allows for alternating setup of units and setup of units next to each other to simulate the German inflitration. The fight sets up to be a mixture of assualts, close direct fire as well as massive OBA raining over both sides. The victory conditions are points for town control and step losses, so its going to be a blood bath.

The Americans have an edge with OBA, Germans with armor and firepower, number of troops is about the same with a slight advantage to the Germans. As for leaders the Germans received a 1-1 and a 1-2 leader with the Americans just getting a 1-1 Captain and several 1-0 lieutenants.

The battle started with the American tanks getting nearly wiped out. With the Germans able to setup next to the tanks their firepower is overwhelming. So the Americans get in a big VP hole quickly. The Germans have to take the towns too, if the Americans dislodge Germans from a town it is a turnaround of 6 vp (4 for the German loss and 2 for the American gain). The Americans will be tough on the assualts with a morale of 8/7. Most of the first 2 hours of the scenario was OBA and positioning for assualts with step losses coming from OBA, assualts and direct fire from an adjacent hex. The Germans held strong until the SS in one town started to demoralize from OBA and dirct fire. Eventually, the broke and ran and slowly the Americans positioned more troops to assualt the remaining units. American bazooka teams proved themselves taking on PzIVh and Panthers to retake the town. German losses were too heavy with alot of the regular army troops breaking and running from the fight. The Americans finally won 42-35 with the capture of all but two town hexes and some heavy German losses.

I rated this a 3 because the setup rule with tanks puts the American in the hole quickly and it is hard to recover. In my scenario they did but I have to use all PG tricks that I could think of to do it. I would look to play this one with some one just learning particularly with assualts and town morale bonuses. I will say I did miss one rule with wrecks, I thought wrecks applied to stacking of all units in a hex, but reading the rules they only apply stacking limitations to armor in a town or bridge hex.

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