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268 Wittman's Charge - Villers Bocage

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As the tanks of the 4th County of London Yeomanry Regiment moved down route national 175 to an intersection with Rn 316, labled point 213 on military maps, tanks from the 101st SS Heavy Panzer Battalion was moving toward that intersection. Several tanks from the 131st Queens Hussars Battalion were the first casualities of the small group of Tigers and Panzer IV's that had been thinned out by areal attacks and destroyer fire near Normandy. All together 13 to 14 tanks and 13 to 15 transport vehicles would be destroyed and most of those by tank ace Michael Wittman in the lead Tiger. Will you fare better than history?

 

  British German
Division 1

5 Squad Bases
- 11 Regular Infantry
- 3 Elite Infantry
- 2 Officer
- 2 Mortar Crew

4 Halftrack
2 M4 Firefly
1 M10 Achilles
1 QF 6 Pdr Gun

1x Engineer
2x AntiTank

2 Squad Bases
- 5 Regular Infantry
- 1 Officer
- 1 Machine Gun Crew

4 Tiger 1
1 Panzer IV
2 SDKFZ 251 HT

1x AntiTank

Division 2

3 Squad Bases
- 9 Regular Infantry
- 1 Officer
- 1 Mortar Crew

2 Halftrack
3 Cromwell Tank

1x Flamethrower
1x AntiTank

5 Squad Bases
- 8 Regular Infantry
- 3 Elite Infantry
- 1 Officer
- 2 Machine Gun Crew
- 2 Mortar Crew

1 Panzer IV
1 Jagdpanzer IV TD

1x Engineer

Strategy Decks Artillery 2
American Air Support 1
Supply 1
Morale 1
Starting Strategy Cards 2 3
Operations Cards Inspiring Leadership
Hospital
Elite Tank Crew
Tank Ace
Deployment Zone Div. 1: dark brown hexes on maps 1A and 27B. An anti-tank gun and a squad are placed in each of the entrenchments and the guns are entrenched.
Div. 2: light tan hexes on map 22A. The half track vehicles can be  deployed with squads already being transported.
Div. 1: along the road in the black hexes on map 25B.
Div. 2: light gray hexes on maps 5A and 22A.
Starting Initiative Initiative Token  
Objective You must hold the town so that the battle can be joined by other forces in the area. Hold the crossroads, point 213, and the objective on the bridge.  Clear the village of Villers-Bocage, point 213 and the objective on the bridge to remove the threat of allied action against the Panzer Lehr Divisiion, which will also secure the supply lines to other units in this sector.
Rounds 8
Actions per turn 3 3
Reinforcements status phase of the 3rd round reinforcement hexes on map 26B
3 bases with 7 infantry, 4 elite, 1 officer, 3 firefly tanks. 
status phase of the 4th round light gray hexes on map 22B
2 bases with 7infantry, 1 officer, 2 panzer IV tanks.
Special Rules If both players agree, the British player may substitute a leadership deck in place of air support deck. And the German player would then substitue a leadership deck in place of the Moral Deck. If the Moral Deck is used, removed the 'Take down the beast" card. The Sherman tanks used in this scenario are Sherman Firefly tanks with the following attributes: Move 6, Armor 5, Infantry 5 range 6 firepwr, Vehicles 6 range 10 firepwr. Use another miniature for Cromwell tanks and the following attributes: Move 6, Armor 3,1 nfantry 5 range 5 firepwr, Armor 6 range 8 firepwr. The 6 Pdr guns have the following attributes: Sem movement, Armor 2, Infantry 5 range 4 firepwr, Armor 7 range 9 firepwr. If the tank ace tank is destroyed, do not give the victory point to either side. Wittman escaped capture.

 

Tags: German Army, British Army, Complexity: Medium, Rounds, Boards, Year: 1944

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