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Austrian Scenario # 3: Rescue
Tank Battles #9
(Defender) Germany vs Austria (Attacker)
Formations Involved
Austria 12th "Erzherzog Rainier" Infantry Regiment
Germany 1st SS "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" Division
Germany 54th Gebirgs Reconnaissance Battalion
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Overall balance chart for TaBa009
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Side 1 0
Draw 0
Side 2 1
Overall Rating, 1 vote
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Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Tank Battles
Historicity Historical
Date 1938-02-14
Start Time 07:00
Turn Count 30
Visibility Day
Counters 75
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 2
Maps 2: 10, 11
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 157
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Rescue
Rural Assault
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Battle of the Bulge maps
Edelweiss: Expanded counters
Hopeless, But Not Serious counters
Heroes of the Soviet Union counters
Tank Battles book
Introduction

In early February 1938, 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 bastard."

Conclusion

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.

Additional Notes

Austrian Army counters are on the back of the Tank Battles book. I suggest using Hopeless, But Not Serious counters because I do not like to cut up my books.


Display Order of Battle

Austria Order of Battle
Germany Order of Battle
Heer
Luftwaffe
  • Towed
Schutzstaffel

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Scen 9

Austrian army leaders may be downloaded at: http://www.avalanchepress.com/AustrianLeaders.php

(plloyd1010 on 2011 Apr 15)
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