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#01a - Enter Rommel (31 March 1941)_Alt - PzC 04 Tobruk '41

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#01a - Enter Rommel (31 March 1941)_Alt

By Graves Edited by VM
Germany 1 - 3 - 4 British
Rating: 8.36 (8)
Games Played: 8
SM: 1
Turns: 6
Type: Custom
First Side: Germany
Second Side: British
Mersa el Brega, 31 March 1941: After their glorious victory over the Italians in December 1940, the British were beset with demands for their meager resources. As troops were dispatched to other theaters, mostly to West Africa and Greece, the Western Desert was held by the green British 2nd Armoured and the under trained, and some would say misfit, 9th Australian Division. The breathing space given to the Axis was unfortunate, as Rommel would arrive in Africa on 12 February, along with the lead elements of German troops sent to support their Italian allies. By the end of March he had accumulated enough force to test the British defenses and el Agheila, the gateway to Cyrenaica, fell on 24 March without a single casualty. However, 25km to the east lay the small anchorage of Mersa el Brega and the last natural defensive position between el Agheila and el Alamein, 1000 kilometers to the east. It was here, amongst the salt marshes, that the British 2nd Armoured Division decided to make its stand, and to give the German 5th Light Division their first set piece battle of the Africa Campaign. The main action was fought in the area of the coast road, where the Support Group repulsed repeated German attacks, giving them their first taste of concentrated 25-pounder fire. In the late afternoon, German infantry infiltrated among the coastal sand dunes and, finally, turned the British infantry out of their positions. Ordered not to squander the paltry strength of the British armor, made up of various derelict cruiser and captured Italian tanks, General Gambier-Perry refused to counter-attack with the 3rd Armoured Brigade, and the Division abandoned the position during the night. Rommel then began his famous cross-desert move and the running of the "Benghazi Handicap", the race to evacuate the 9th Australian Division from the Benghazi area before the Germans could cut-off their retreat, had started. Edited by: Edward "Volcano Man" Williams. PDT and OOB files slightly altered to reflect small scale tactical desert warfare of the period. [Size: small, Length: 6 turns]
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
hq21's Profilehq21 Moderately Pro Germany 5
Dog Soldier's ProfileDog Soldier Slightly Pro British 7
timshin42's Profiletimshin42 Well Balanced 6
Warhorse's ProfileWarhorse Well Balanced 8
XLVIII Pz. Korp's ProfileXLVIII Pz. Korp Well Balanced 6
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
British philm's Profile philm vs. Deturk Deturk's Profile Germany Draw 10 10
Germany philm's Profile philm vs. Andrea G Andrea G's Profile British Draw 10 10
British XLVIII Pz. Korp's Profile XLVIII Pz. Korp vs. 5 Leichte Div 5 Leichte Div's Profile Germany British Minor Victory 14 6
British Warhorse's Profile Warhorse vs. Pepe Botijo Pepe Botijo's Profile Germany British Minor Victory 14 6
British timshin42's Profile timshin42 vs. EaglesFly EaglesFly's Profile Germany British Minor Victory 14 6
Dog Soldier
Time is very short.
Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

- Wyatt Earp
1st Lieutenant
Warhorse Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:49 pm
Germans have the superior force, but must move very quickly to achieve a victory, Brits must fight and fall back to cause a time issue!
Meine Ehre heisst Treue

philm Frid Feb 28, 2020 1:16 am
like it
Andrea G
Andrea G Frid Feb 28, 2020 9:02 am
It's a neat little scenario, perfect for the first try at pbem.
Andrea G
Andrea G Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:12 am
There are so few counters that every loss counts, like a game of chess.
philm Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:36 pm
well balanced enjoyable get your feet wet game.