Haguenau, Alsace, February 19, 1945.
With the war perhaps winding down, Easy Company is trucked into Haguenau, an Alsacian town near the German border. They are asked to send a patrol across the river to take some German prisoners, an assignment no one wants to be picked for, seeing the end of the war so near.
Lt. Hank Jones, fresh in from West Point, and eager for combat experience, is finally put in charge of the commando to infiltrate the village and take some hostages. After crossing the river in dhingies, the commandos manage to capture some prisoners in the town, but not before the Germans are able to sound the alarm, forcing the Americans to rush back to the Rhein to gain safety.
(Inspired by the episode "The Patrol" from the series "Band of Brothers").
"It is on this beautiful day that we celebrate the Führers birthday and thank him for he is the only reason why Germany is still alive today."
Josef Goebbels - Ministry of Propaganda (April 26, 1945)
"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"
Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe (Guadalcanal, January 13, 1943).
6 Squad Bases (Commandos)
4 Squad Bases (Rhein Garrison)
7 Squad Bases (Support)
3 Machine Gun Crew
6 Squad Bases (German Patrol)
1 Panzer IV Tank
|Strategy Decks||Artillery 1
Morale 1 (remove both "Take Down the Beast" cards)
German Reinforcements 1
|Starting Strategy Cards||6
The Americans start also with one "Hardened Veterans" card from the American Reinforcements 1 in their HQ area.
|Operations Cards||006 Merciless Assault
005 Clear Mines
008 Lay Smoke
|012 Massive Confusion
003 Shattered Morale
|Deployment Zone||Commandos deploy in the two buildings holding Command Objective Markers in hex 11A.
Support Division deploys in any light green hex.
|Rhein Garrison must protect the hexes containing a pillbox on maps 10B and 12B. They can deploy in those two hexes or any adjacent hex.
German Patrol does not deploy at the beginning of the scenario. It will deploy during the Status Phase of Round 3, in the Scenario Reinforcements step, in any of the light grey hexes.
|Objective||The Americans win if they manage to arrive to their side of the Rhein river holding at least 1 hostage.
If the Americans have not achieved their victory by the end of round 10, the Germans win.
This simulates that, after round 10, there's enough daylight for the Germans to detect the boats and destroy them, leaving the American commandos stranded in the wrong side of the river.
|Actions per turn||3||3|
|Reinforcements||-||During the Status Phase of round 3, the German Patrol arrives in any light grey hexes.|
Seek best Cover
Crossing the Rhein
1. Poor Visibility.
2. Poor Communication.
3. Flash in the Night.