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004 - Loos (Hohenzollern Redoubt) - 25 September 1915

1 1 1 1 1 Rating 84% (5 Votes)
 43 %
Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  57 %
Total plays 7 - Last reported by alecrespi on 2016-11-25 16:50:51

Historical background

The Battle of Loos was fought between September 25 and October 15, 1915. The Hohenzollern Redoubt, considered by British planners to be one of the strongest defensive points in the German line, was a pre-war mining complex. The large slagheap, known to the British as “The Dump”, provided the Germans an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. With this objective in mind, on September 25th, the 9th Scottish Division went over-the-top against the German IR 117th Division defending the Hohenzollern Redoubt. The British lead units advanced through the cut wire and quickly took the front face of the Redoubt. The second trench was also taken, but casualties began to mount as the advance was caught in a deadly crossfire. It then became clear that failure on their left meant that the Brigade could not continue further and they took up a defensive position in the captured trenches to reorganize.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

 


Starting Assets

  Command Cards Combat Cards HQ Tokens Reserve Artillery Rifle Units Machine Gun Units Mortar Units Bomber Units  
Germans 5 3 6 4 3 2 1 2  
British 5 4 10 4 10 - 2 1 Move First  

Victory Medals: 6

  • 1 Medal for each unit eliminated.
  • The British forces gain 1 Temporary Victory Medal at the start of their turn, when one or more units occupy any German trench hex in the front line, and for the second line, provided the first trench is also occupied, and for the third line, provided the first and second trenches are also occupied. Place a Victory Medal, with the British side faceup, on the trench to indicate it is controlled.
  • The British forces are racing against time. The German player may take a Victory Medal, instead of taking two command cards, when playing a “Recon” command card.

Special Rules

  • British player does the No-Man’s-Land shelling roll.
  • Reserve Artillery Observation Advantage is with the side that has the majority of units adjacent to or occupying “The Dump”. The side with the Observation Advantage first targeting die does not cost an HQ. However, the maximum number of targeting dice rolled still remains the same

 

Tags: Base Game, British, German, Medals: 6, Western Front

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