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#411119_01 Surprise at Bir el-Gubi - North Africa 1941

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#411119_01 Surprise at Bir el-Gubi

By Rick Bancroft
Allied (NA41) 0 - 0 - 2 Axis (NA41)
Rating: 5.5 (2)
Games Played: 2
SM: 1
Turns: 15
Type: Stock
First Side: Allied (NA41)
Second Side: Axis (NA41)
Bir el-Gubi, south of Tobruk: November 19th, 1941. (Scenario Size: Division-. Head to Head or British Human vs AI) The British 8th Army launched Operation Crusader on November 18th, hoping to draw the German Afrika Korps into battle with their concentrated armor. Rommel, focused on his attack on Tobruk scheduled in the near future, believed the move was a feint to draw his units away from the Tobruk. He ignored the British Commonwealth movements. As a result, the British changed their plan and sent their armor brigades in different directions. The 22nd Armored Brigade Group was sent west to defeat the Italians holding Bir el-Gubi, threatening their western flank as they pushed toward Tobruk. This led to a clash in the desert, with the British having little infantry and artillery support against the Italian Ariete division. The British forces are inexperienced and new to the desert, while the Italians have implemented some reforms in reaction to their earlier disasters in the desert.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
ComradeP's ProfileComradeP Totally Pro Axis (NA41) 8
Der Landser's ProfileDer Landser Slightly Pro Axis (NA41) 7
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Axis (NA41) larsonney's Profile larsonney vs. Der Landser Der Landser's Profile Allied (NA41) Axis (NA41) Minor Victory 9 3
Axis (NA41) ComradeP's Profile ComradeP vs. Landser34 Landser34's Profile Allied (NA41) Axis (NA41) Major Victory 12 2
ComradeP
Corporal
ComradeP Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:11 pm
It's quite entertaining because it does a very good job at showing just what went very badly wrong here for the British, but that also means the balance is off.

Opportunity fire from the Italian heavy AA/AT guns is too much for the Crusaders to handle.

Maybe a draw is possible if the Allies get lucky, but it's a very hard scenario for them.
Der Landser
Staff Sergeant
Der Landser Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:17 am
Very challenging scenario as the British. Start the attack as soon as possible, time is limited. Expect many casualties as you engage the Italian Armor and AT Guns. Air support is excellent and plentiful, but prone to interception and combat losses. Artillery support is minimal, as is Infantry support. Judicious use of your limited Infantry support is critical. Commit your Infantry selectively to achieve the most gain with minimal losses.
"You know, fightin' in a basement offers a lot of difficulties. Number one being, you're fightin' in a basement!" - LT Aldo Raine
Der Landser
Staff Sergeant
Der Landser Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:25 am
ComradePOpportunity fire from the Italian heavy AA/AT guns is too much for the Crusaders to handle.

I totally agree regarding the Italian Heavy AA/AT Guns, they are very effective and have excellent range. I tried in vain to neutralize them with Air Strikes and Artillery Bombardment with 25 pdrs. They were the bane of my existence throughout the entire scenario.
"You know, fightin' in a basement offers a lot of difficulties. Number one being, you're fightin' in a basement!" - LT Aldo Raine