Debut of the Honey - The Matrix Games version of West Front
Debut of the HoneyBy T. Herrschaft
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5km N of Gabr Saleh, 35km SW of Sollum, Libya: [Best played as Allied] The 8th Army's attacks on the 18th during the battle of Operation Crusader had created a very murky and confused situation. On the 19th, in an effort to take control of the battle, Rommel ordered the 21st Panzer south to probe for the enemy armor. At about 4:00 PM the tanks of the 5th Panzer Regiment, with some artillery and AA guns, led by Col. Stephan ran into two regiments of the 4th Armoured Brigade north of Gabr Saleh. 5th RTR and 8th Hussars had been recently equipped with the new American M3 Stuart, nicknamed the "Honey" by British tankers. A sharp clash ensued with the Germans getting the upper hand before moving off to the east, toward Sollum.