OAF 24.1 "Merry Christmas"
scenario was originally published in ON ALL FRONTS number 24 . Extensive clarifications
and modification have been made to the original scenario and modified by Bill
Thomson. The original scenario author is Mark Nixon and this was used
at the ORIGINS 1983 GIA tournament.
December 25, 1944, northwest of Bastonge:
Time was running out for the German forces besieging Bastonge. A major thrust
on Christmas Day broke through the outer defenses and immediately ran into a firmly
held ridge line of Americans.
VICTORY CONDITIONS: Germans must control 5 level threes
hexes at games end. A funciton vehicle (with any functioning armament) controls
a level three hes if in that hex at the scenario end even if immobilized.. If
stunned, shocked, or abandoned at the scenario end, the vehicle would not control
U.S. setup first
Germans move first
- AT START: Elements
of the 101st Airborne Division; setup on any whole hex on board 2:
1x9-1; 1x8-1; 1x8-0; 9x747; 2xxMMG; 3xBAZ44a; 2xM10
- TURN 1: Elements of the 15th Panzer Grenadier; enter
turn one on any west edge hexes:
1x9-2; 2x8-1; 1x8-0; 7x468; 5x447; 1xMMG; 4xLMG; 3xPF44A; 3xPzkwF2 (use either
model[s] at the German player's choice); 2xSTG75G; 1xPzFwVG;
SPECIAL SCENARIO RULES:
- OAF 24.1.1: TERRAIN: Overlay "F" goes on
board 14. WEATHER: There is no wind; a +1 DRM applies to all entrancement
attempts; a -3 kindling DRM is in effect.
- OAF 24.1.2: German AFVs must enter carrying two squads
each in addition to any leader and up to 5PPs. Unloading is done normally,
either or both squads unloading into the same or different hexes. Bailing
out is performed normally. Once unloaded, norm vehicle capacity applies.
- OAF 24.1.3: No boresighting is allowed.
- OAF 24.1.4: Due to
snow camouflage, TDs set up hidden provided they are in woods, building oar
are hull down to all enemy observers.
- OAF 24.1.5: All AFVs
(American and German) receive a +1 To Hit DRM due to winter camouflage.
- OAF 24.1.6: There
is no American Turn 7.
AFTERMATH: The GIs raked the
onrushing panzers, scattering their passengers. Sever tanks were knocked out of
action by tank destroyers and the assault finally veered off in another direction
to seek an easier route to Bastonge. However, none was ever found.