In order to maintain the momentum of the westward advance it was a top priority to seize the vital crossroads in Bastogne for General von Manteuffel's Fifth Panzer Army. By 21 December the German forces had surrounded the town, which was defended by the 101st Airborne Division and elements of the 10th Armored Division. The encircled and outnumbered defenders lacking coldweather gear had only a streak of food, medical and ammunition supplies. Due to bad weather conditions aerial resupply and tactical support were not available. The Germans launched several probes and local attacks on different points of the perimiter in sequence, to find weak spots and overburden the defenders.
Flamierge, 0500 hour, 23rd December, 1944.
Veiled by the morning fog and supported by a Pz-IV, a German group of a volksgrenadier company and a small but crack recon detachment is closing on the American positions to storm right after the preparatory artillery strike.If this first wave is to pierce the American main line of resistance soon enough, two German battalions will join in the attack to enforce a breaktrough. The early collapse of the whole line in the northwest would definitely seal the fate of the Battered Bastards of Bastion Bastogne.
"Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from enemies"
3 Squad Bases
3 Squad Bases
1 SdKfz 251 Half Track
4 Squad Bases
5 Squad Bases
1 Panzer IV Tank
|Strategy Decks||American Reinforcements 1 (Remove two of the three "Reinforcement Battalion" cards)
|Starting Strategy Cards||2||2|
|Operations Cards||013 Desperate Defenders
002 Heavy Fog (shared)
|002 Heavy Fog (shared)|
|Deployment Zone||Any hexes on maps 5B and 7A.||Any of the grey shaded hexes on map 11B.|
|Objective||The Americans win if they prevent the Germans fulfilling their objective by the end of round 5.||The Germans immediately win if they control the Command Objective Marker and at least two buildings on Map 5B.|
|Actions per turn||3||3|
|Reinforcements||American reinforcements may enter the game on the two hexes marked with green R on Map 7A||-|