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Battle of the Bulge #14 - Clervaux Little Saturn #9 - Scraping the Barrel
Battle of the Bulge #17 - Fuhren II Little Saturn #10 - Fighting Withdrawal
Battle of the Bulge #20 - The Greyhounds: 17 December Winter Soldiers #1 - Fuel Stop: Bullingen
Elsenborn Ridge #5 - Collision
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Back Into the Fray
Spearhead Division #12
(Defender) Germany vs United States (Attacker)
Formations Involved
Germany 12th Infantry Division
Germany 47th Volksgrenadier Division
United States 3rd "Spearhead" Armored Division
United States 47th Infantry Regiment
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Balance:



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Side 1 1
Draw 1
Side 2 0
Overall Rating, 2 votes
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Scenario Rank: --- of 588
Parent Game Spearhead Division
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-11-25
Start Time 13:00
Turn Count 18
Visibility Day
Counters 89
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 1
Maps 2: 22, 24
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 171
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 2
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Delaying Action
Enter & Exit
Kill Them All
Urban Assault
Conditions
Anti-infantry Wire
Minefields
Off-board Artillery
Randomly-drawn Aircraft
Severe Weather
Smoke
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Elsenborn Ridge maps + counters
Spearhead Division counters
Introduction

Constant combat had ground down the Spearhead Division’s fighting power, and so VII Corps replaced it in the front lines with two infantry divisions. In theory, this would allow the division to recover its damaged vehicles, especially the large number of tanks stuck in the autumn mud, and get them back into service. The ordnance crews worked tirelessly to bring the tank battalions back up to full strength, but the pause ended quickly when VII Corps reversed itself and ordered Task Force Richardson back into action to help the 9th Infantry Division seek a breakthrough.

Conclusion

The Americans ejected the Germans from Wilhelmshoehe and split into two columns upon leaving the town. One column took the right flank, but soon the supporting Shermans went off the road and eighteen of them became stuck in the thick mud with no way of getting free until the ordnance battalion showed up with their recovery vehicles. This pretty much ended their forward progress for the day. The column on the left flank ran into well-served German anti-tank guns which shot up three of their accompanying Shermans, while one of the Ninth Infantry’s rifle companies was reduced to thirty-five men.


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

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

Display Errata (3)

3 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)
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The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
Overall balance chart for 54

The movement allowance on the counters in Airborne is misprinted. It should be "3."

(rerathbun on 2012 Jan 30)
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