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Panzer Lehr Stands Strong
Panzer Lehr #2
(Defender) Germany vs Britain (Attacker)
Formations Involved
Britain 24th Lancers
Britain 8th Durham Light Infantry
Germany 901st "Lehr" Panzergrenadier Regiment

Overall balance chart for PaLe002
Side 1 2
Draw 0
Side 2 1
Overall Rating, 4 votes
Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Panzer Lehr
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-06-09
Start Time 15:30
Turn Count 12
Visibility Day
Counters 78
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 2
Maps 2: 10, 7
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 152
AAR Bounty 156
Total Plays 3
Total AARs 2
Battle Types
Bridge Control
Kill Them All
Urban Assault
Hidden Units
Off-board Artillery
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Battle of the Bulge maps
Beyond Normandy counters
Eastern Front maps
Panzer Lehr counters

Caen was a first-day objective for the British forces on D-Day. Now, three days later it was still German-held. The leadership recognized the significance of Bayeux's position, and after capturing it, planned to use it as a strong base for the next stage of the offensive. Taking little time to consolidate their gains of the last few days, the British pushed aggressively south towards Tilly-sur-Seulles. Just to the east of Tilly-sur-Seulles lay the hamlet of Saint Pierre, and just beyond that, the all-important bridge over the Seulles River.


The British advanced southward unimpeded until they neared Saint Pierre. Panzer Lehr had aggressively moved forward upon their arrival and occupied the village in order to facilitate future counterattacks. This position also secured the rear of the Panzer Lehr contingent fighting around Ellon. Two companies of panzers sat in reserve stationed nearby if necessary, but the British were turned back without their help.

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
  • 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)

Display Order of Battle

Britain Order of Battle
  • Towed
Germany Order of Battle
130th "Lehr" Panzer Division
  • Mechanized
  • Motorized
  • Towed

Display Errata (6)

6 Errata Items
Scen 2

The map orientation diagram is upside down. Map 10 should be inverted to the west and Map 7 should be straight up to the east. With this change the British entry conditions make sense and will coordinate with the narrative of the scenario which indicates that the bridge is to the east of Saint Pierre (if you read between the lines a little).

(Matt W on 2013 Mar 06)
Scen 2

The German OOB calls for one 120mm mortar, one Lt. Col. and 2 Sdkfz-9s. None of these are available in the Beyond Normandy Heer mix or in the Panzer Lehr unit mix. I found the Lt. Col. and the Sdkfz-9s in Battle of the Bulge (we use a map from BoB in this one) and had to go to Road to Berlin for the 120mm.

(Matt W on 2013 Mar 06)
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All Bren carriers should have a movement value of 7.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
Overall balance chart for 838

The "Optional Values" for the Firefly given in an Avalanche Press Daily Content piece on the 17-Pdr Anti-Tank gun (and printed on a replacement counter sheet Download) are now the Official Ratings, published in games like Cassino '44, Grossdeutschland 1946, and Indian Unity. These are:

5-5 / 8-8 Full Strength and 3-5 / 8-8 Reduced Strength.

(caryn on 2012 May 03)
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)

Display AARs (2)

Not Quite
Author Matt W (6)
Method Face to Face
Victor Germany
Participants Hugmenot
Play Date 2013-02-10
Language English
Scenario PaLe002

Played ftf with Hugmenot.

I had to try. The British advance on Lehr holding a bridge and a town. A major British victory awaits the commander who can take both the town and the bridge in the short amount of time available (only 12 turns). Taking one or the other appears quite straightforward and will lead to a British victory. Both Daniel and I felt that such a result seemed quite likely.

My troops entered from the north edge of the board and immediately avoided the only place where Lehr could ambush me, in the woods leading to the town. For two turns my troops seemed to head directly for the bridge in order to capture the minor victory. While I could have entered on the western edge of the board I would then have had to fight nearly all of the Lehr foces at once for the town and without the ability to freeze some of the troops in place even capturing the town seemed out of the picture.

After two turns my attempt to gather a major victory came into focus and my troops found a central position between the two German forces. The remainder of the game saw me trying to juggle my forces (which had some morale problems) between the two objectives. I must have donw a good job because the scenario came down to a single die roll at botht he town and the bridge on the last turn of the game.

Sadly for me, neither die roll went my way.

I did however, manage to create some economic benefit to the local French as with the number of Shermans I left on the field burning their scrap iron markets would be filled for months to come.

I had a great time with this one as my plan to split the Germans into two non-supporting pockets worked to perfection and only the wastage of troops during the scenario kept me from taking both objectives. A very clear and well measured scenario in my opinion. Again a British win is likely if the British player is conservative. I wasn't. I rate this one a "4".

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Panzer Lehr Stands Confused
Author scrane
Method Solo
Victor Britain
Play Date 2012-11-14
Language English
Scenario PaLe002

This replay was a bit funny because I really didn't pay close enough attention to the wording of the victory conditions for the British, and might have had an easier time of it as a result. In this battle the British need to capture a town and a bridge from a weak Lehr battalion, with a battalion of infantry and a battalion of Shermans to do it.

I split the German defenders into a stronger force holding the town and a weaker force the bridge. The British should have concentrated all their forces on the bridge , approaching from the north, and played for the minor victory. Instead I split my forces into stronger and weaker groups and tried to take both simultaneously. The town has a large area of fields to the south, so the British town assault force could approach mostly unseen.

Had their morale rolls gone better, the Germans stood a good chance of stalling the British drives in both locations. However, the British were quite lucky in delivering a good number of X and 2X results, and the Germans suffered a lot of leader losses and morale failures, making it very difficult for them to maneuver their forces. They did succeed in conducting a number of infantry assaults on tanks, and their Panzerfausts wreaked a toll on the Shermans and Fireflies.

The bridge was secured with relative ease, but the town required a protracted scramble to finally root out the last die hard defenders, with reinforcements trickling in from the successful bridge assault to allow the British to finally carry the town.

Not a bad scenario but it felt a bit disjointed in play, perhaps because I didn't stick to a sound plan for either side. Could be worth another play someday with my attention more focused.

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