Panzer Grenadier Battles on February 23rd:
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Hopeless, But Not Serious #5
(Defender) Germany vs Austria (Attacker)
Formations Involved
Austria 12th "Erzherzog Rainier" Infantry Regiment
Austria 8th Light Artillery Regiment
Austria 8th Pioneer Battalion
Germany 1st SS "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" Division
Germany 54th Gebirgs Reconnaissance Battalion

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Parent Game Hopeless, But Not Serious
Historicity Alt-History
Date 1938-02-14
Start Time 07:00
Turn Count 40
Visibility Day
Counters 133
Net Morale 2
Net Initiative 2
Maps 2: CassUL, CassUR
Layout Dimensions 85 x 54 cm
33 x 21 in
Play Bounty 230
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 0
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Hill Control
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Cassino '44 maps
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Eastern Front counters
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Sinister Forces counters

German Chancellor Adolf Hitler summoned his Austrian counterpart, Kurt Schuschnigg, to Hitler's mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden. There, Hitler berated the Austrian and demanded that Austria install a Nazi-friendly government. Schuschnigg refused, and Hitler in turn would not let him leave. As no communication came from their leader, Austrian officers of the 8th Infantry Brigade headquartered a few kilometers away in Salzburg became concerned. Maj. Gen. Kurt Zborzil, appointed to the post just two weeks before, called his senior officers together. If no word came soon of Schuschnigg's fate, his brigade would storm the Eagle's Nest, free their chancellor and "kill the little (expletive)."


A coward in his heart, Hitler would undoubtedly have fled the field and left his fanatic bodyguards to die in his place. Losing the Eagle's Nest to the Austrian Army - and fleeing into the night to avoid them - would have been a political catastrophe. But in reality Schuschnigg returned before Zborzil led his troops over the border. The chancellor was physically unharmed but spiritually broken. Forty years later, 8th Brigade officers still spoke wistfully of the lost opportunity to destroy Hitler before he unleashed his madness. However, if unsuccessful it would have plunged Austria into an utterly hopeless war.

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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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