Victory Results:
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Record a victory for BOTTOM ARMY  0 %

April 21–23, 1943: In Tunisia the Allies have been steadily pushing the German forces into an ever-shrinking pocket. However, for the final breakthrough to the capital of Tunis and the other supply port of Bizerte, a series of strongpoints guarding the German perimeter still have to be breached. A pair of hills became known as Longstop Hill. The previous winter one of the pair had already been taken, only to be lost again due to confusion and miscommunication. This time the capture will have to be permanent.
Though the Germans had heavily fortified the area with minefields and barbed wire and their troops were well entrenched, no anti-tank weapons and obstacles had been deemed necessary, as the German commanders had come to the conclusion that the hills would be impassable to vehicles due to the steep gradient. They were proven only partially correct.
In fact, British Churchill tanks turned out to be an exception and would play a pivotal role in the battle, providing close support to the advancing infantry. The German defenders could hardly believe their eyes when they saw the steel giants ascending the hills, which made them refer to the Churchills in awe and disbelief as “Metal Mules.”
Will you be able to take complete control of both hills as the British player before the attack peters out or, can you, as the Germans, deny victory to the British a second time and fend off the enemy despite the lack of anti-tank defenses and weaponry?

 

  British German
Division 1

7 Squad Bases
- 18 Regular Infantry
- 4 Elite Infantry
- 2 Officer
- 1 Machine Gun Crew
- 1 Mortar Crew

4 M4 Sherman
2 Bren Carriers

1x Medic
2x Engineer
1x Flamethrower
1x Alpha Unit

9 Squad Bases
- 23 Regular Infantry
- 5 Elite Infantry
- 2 Officer
- 2 Machine Gun Crew
- 1 Mortar Crew

2x Medic
1x Bravo Unit

Division 2

7 Squad Bases
- 18 Regular Infantry
- 4 Elite Infantry
- 2 Officer
- 1 Machine Gun Crew
- 1 Mortar Crew

4 Churchill Mk III (see Special Rules for stats)
2 Bren Carriers

1x Medic
2x Engineer
1x Flamethrower
1x SMG

6 Squad Bases
- 15 Regular Infantry
- 2 Elite Infantry
- 1 Officer
- 2 Machine Gun Crew
- 1 Mortar Crew

1x Medic
1x Engineer
1x Bravo Unit

Strategy Decks Command 1
Morale 2
British Reinforcements 1
Morale 1
Artillery 1
Starting Strategy Cards 3 2
Operations Cards 005 Clear Mines
019 Seize the Initiative
013 Desperate Defenders
Deployment Zone All British units enter the map during the Action Phase of Round 1 with an Advance, Fire and Movement, or Assault Action. They enter the map on 13B and/or 16B in compass direction 6. Div. 1: Hill hexes on map 17A and/or 14A and/or in the [fortified] building hexes on map 16B.
Div. 2: on the large multihex, two-level hill spanning maps 20A and 21A (thus, the single Level 1 Hill hex on the south of map 21A is not a legal hex to set up in).
Starting Initiative Initiative Token Setup First
Objective

Victory is determined by the number of British controlled Victory Objectives at the end of Round 9:

  • 0-1: Major German victory
  • 2: Minor German victory
  • 3: Minor British victory
  • 4: Major British victory
Rounds 9
Actions per turn 3 3
Reinforcements - -
Special Rules

Churchill Mk III (use Matilda Mk II models as proxies). These tanks have the following attributes:
▪ Heavy Vehicle
▪ Armor = 6
▪ Movement = 4
▪ Against Infantry: Range = 5, Firepower = 6
▪ Against Vehicles: Range = 6, Firepower = 6
▪ Sturdy: Being lightly Damaged by Op Fire does not cause a heavy vehicle to become fatigued
▪ Overrun: May move through an enemy-occupied hex, pinning all squads present (+1 movement cost per enemy unit)
▪ Concussive Firepower: +3 range, +3 firepower when targeting a unit inside a building or pillbox

Fortified buildings: Entrenchments placed inside Building hexes offer squads inside them +2 cover in addition to the Building’s standard 3 cover. Note that a squad not located inside an actual Entrenchment only receives the cover from the Building.

Coordination effort: Each time a nation wishes to use Combined Fire, it must pay 1 available Command to do so. Note that this does not apply to Combined Op Fire!

Important rule reminders
Make sure you fully understand the LOS rules, for example, you will often have LOS from the hill in the back tracing over the first!
This will, for example, enable you to perform combined (longrange Machine Gun Crew) op-fire. The following document provides a useful addition to the LOS rules as described in the TOI rulebook: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/25123/losexamplespdf

Do not forget: Vehicles other than the Churchill tanks cannot enter Hill hexes, as described in the special rules section. It’s a pretty essential rule that’s easily overlooked during play.

Terrain Features

Steep hills: Vehicles may not enter Hill hexes with the exception of the Churchill tanks.
Hills: When attacked from a lower elevation, hills offer +1 cover.

Sources

Robert Lee, “The Battle of Longstop Hill: 21-24 April 1943,” Lee Family History, Apr. 21, 2018,
https://leefamilyhistoryarchive.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/the-battle-of-longstop-hill-21-24-april-1943/ 
“Long Stop Hill,” Britain at War, http://www.britain-at-war.org.uk/ww2/Derrick_Jackson/html/long_stop_hill.htm 
“Tunisia 1943: Longstop Hill - ACHTUNG MINEN!” Jul. 30, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H2KqvQg-10 
Fire at Will, “Gauntlet - Day 2 - Longstop hill,” Will’s Wargames Blog, Jul. 8, 2013, http://willwarweb.blogspot.com/2013/07/gauntletday-2-longstop-hill.html 
“Battle for Longstop Hill – December 22-26, 1942,” The Liberation Trilogy, http://liberationtrilogy.com/books/army-at-dawn/mapsfrom-an-army-at-dawn/images-of-maps-from-an-army-at-dawn/ 
“[Tunisia] Longstop Hill - Action 3 - April 23, 1943 - April 26, 1943,” Days of Wonder Boardgames, Dec. 21, 2017, https://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44/en/editor/view/?id=18120 
“The Tunisian Campaign,” http://northafricagallagher.weebly.com/the-tunisian-campaign.html 
Stretcher bearers of the East Surrey Regiment, with a Churchill tank of the North Irish Horse in the background, during the attack on Longstop Hill, 23 April 1943.
(Source: Imperial War Museum, image NA 2237, via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_British_Army_in_Tunisia_1943_NA2237.jpg )
A Churchill tank in the Medjez-el-Bab area of Tunisia, 23–25 April 1943.
(Source: Imperial War Museum, image NA 2304, via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_British_Army_in_Tunisia_1943_NA2304.jpg )

 

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alecrespi replied the topic:
2 years 11 months ago
Thank you Willem,
I've updated the map (replacing shell holes with entrenchements) and I've moved "terrain features" rules in a specific section.
Hoping for this to be clearer.
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boersma8 replied the topic:
2 years 11 months ago
Please note that the shell holes shown on the map are, in fact, entrenchments. Moreover, buildings only offer +5 cover if a squad is inside an entrenchment inside a building. I suppose the scenario description could have been slightly clearer in this regard.