OAF 11.1 "Hugh is Coming"
scenario was originally published in ON ALL FRONTS number 11 (November 1983).The
original scenario author is Jeff Cebula. Further
development, clarifications and modification have been made to the original
published scenario by Bill Thomson.
Chaumont, Belgium, December 25, 1944:
'Hugh is Coming', that was the radio message sent to
the surrounded 101st Airborne at Bastonge. It meant that Major General Hugh Gaffery
and his 4th Armored Division were on their way to break the siege. It was one
brutal battle after another against fanatical resistance, numerous roadblocks,
swirling snow, fog, and a generous complement of 88mm AT guns. One such clash
occurred south of Chaumont, just 5 miles south of Bastogne.
VICTORY CONDITIONS: To win, the Americans must kill,
capture, or have broken and unrallied at game's end all German squads plus destroy
or have abandoned all German AFVs. Germans win by preventing an American victory.
Overlay D, overlay N with V2 on 5AA6 and V3 on 5AA7
German sets up first
American move first
- TURN 1: Elements of the 15th Fallschirnjaeger Grenadier
Brigade; set up on any whole hex north of hexrow Y inclusive:
2x8-1; 4x567; 1xHMG; 2xLMG; 1xPzck; 5xPF44a; 2xNashorn; 2xEntrenchment
- TURN 1: Elements of CCB, 4th Armored Division and
2nd Battalion, 318th Regiment, 80th Infantry Division; enter turn one or later
along south edge [ELR 4]:
1x10-2; 1x9-1; 1x8-0; 7x666; 2xMMG; 2xBAZ44a; 1x60mm MTR (2-45); 2xM4A3(75);
1xM4A3(76)w; 1xM3A3; 1xM4A3E2; 4xM3 halftrack; 1x9-2 AL
SPECIAL SCENARIO RULES:
- OAF 11.1.1: TERRIAN: The gully and all bridge hexes
doe not exist. Woods still exists in these areas. Roads do not exist.
- OAF 11.1.2: WEATHER: Ground snow (not deep
snow) is in effect. Only snow rules 111.81, 111.83, 111.87, 111.88 are in
effect. There is no wind.
- OAF 11.1.3: No boresighting, battlefield integrity,
equipment possession, command control, sniper generation, treetop and roof
perch rules are in effect.
- OAF 11.1.4: The German units with exception of AFV
crews are equipped with snow smocks (114.2).
AFTERMATH: After promising
a Christmas present for the defenders of Bastogne, CCB with its infantry reinforcement
of 2nd Battalion, 318th Infantry Regiment, were stopped by accurate German fire.
The stubborn 5th Parachute soldiers dug themselves in inside woods and pulled
logs atop their trenches to protect themselves from tree bursts fire by the
Shermans. Even after losing their armor support, the Fallschirmjaegers fought
grimly, in many cases yielding only to grenades, bayonets and point blank fire.
American losses were heavy. As the day ended the combat command with the promised
Christmas present for Bastogne were sill six miles apart.