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South Africa's War #7
(Attacker) Germany vs Britain (Defender)
South Africa (Defender)
Formations Involved
Britain 3rd Royal Tank Regiment
Britain 7th Armoured Brigade
Germany 15th Panzer Division
South Africa 5th Infantry Brigade
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Side 2 0
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Scenario Rank: --- of 588
Parent Game South Africa's War
Historicity Historical
Date 1941-11-23
Start Time 06:30
Turn Count 24
Visibility Day
Counters 91
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 1
Maps 2: DR4, DR5
Layout Dimensions 116 x 88 cm
46 x 35 in
Play Bounty 175
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Rear Guard
Surprise Attack
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Reinforcements
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Desert Rats maps + counters
South Africa's War counters
Introduction

By the sixth day of Operation Crusader, the South African brigades remained largely untouched except for the Transvaal Scottish. Corps command ordered them up to the Sidi Rezegh escarpment to hold the center of the line while the New Zealand Division delivered a flanking attack. It wasn't a bad plan, but both German and Italian armored divisions were on the move to render it useless and put the South Africans in jeopardy.

Conclusion

The German panzer division's lead elements stormed into the South African laager largely unopposed, but fierce counterattacks by the remnants of 7th Armoured Brigade stalled the assault. While the Germans dealt with one flanking attack, from the south Maj. Bob Crisp - a South African cricket star before the war - brought his detachment of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment forward in a mad charge that overran a German battery and inflicted serious losses. German tactical skill had been thwarted by raw English courage, but the day was not yet over.

Additional Notes

Use German trucks for some of the British trucks, or use British trucks from Afrika Korps or Cassino '44


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).

Display Order of Battle

Britain Order of Battle
Army
  • Foot
  • Motorized
Germany Order of Battle
Heer
  • Motorized
South Africa Order of Battle
Army
  • Foot
  • Towed

Display Errata (7)

7 Errata Items
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All Bren carriers should have a movement value of 7.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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Two British infantry have their full strengths printed on the back. They should both be "2-3" when reduced.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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Ignore the direct fire values.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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Two 105mms (ID#s 1204, 1205) have "16-31" fire values in black (direct fire), when they should be in white (indirect fire).

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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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 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)
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All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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