SQLA Scenario WG302 

"ASSAULT ON Jordanów"

©2007 A Squad Leader Academy Scenario; Scenario Design by Bill Sosnicki;  Updated 070127;

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Southern Poland, September 2, 1939, along the border with Slovakia, near the village of Jordanów:  the previous day the XXII Panzer Corps, a part of the 14th Army, crossed the Polish border from Slovakia.  In an attempt to outflank the positions of the Polish Kraków Army under Gen. Antoni Szylling defending Silesia and western Lesser Poland, the Germans crossed the Tatra passes and assaulted the towns of Chabówka and Nowy Targ.  Their orders were to seize the town of Myślenice not later than September 3, thus encircling the entire Polish army fighting in the area.  The area was only lightly defended by a single infantry regiment of the Border Defense Corps (KOP).  Aided by local volunteers and units of the National Defense the KOP was hard pressed by a combined attacking force consisting of no less than 3 German Divisions (the 2nd Mountain, 2nd Panzer, and the 4th Light), under Gen. Alfred Ritter von Hubicki.   KOP forces managed to withstand the attack but suffered heavy losses, and despite stopping the Germans in the vicinity of Nowy Targ, the town of Myślenice still fell to the Germans.  The Polish command realized the Germans were on the verge of breaking through their lines.  In an attempt to counter the threat, General Szylling ordered the highly trained and spirited Polish 10th Motorized Cavalry Brigade under the command of Col. Stanisław Maczek to move to the area of Jordanów and block the German advance.  Overnight the brigade was transported to the area and instantly found themselves entering combat.  Heavy fighting occurred in the hills to the south of Jordanów and around the mountain of Wysoka, where the Polish 24th Motorized Regiment, which were aided by the KOP and anti-tank artillery, defended the area against the 2nd Panzer Division.  A Heavy German artillery barrage started at 5 am and soon afterwards the entire three remaining German divisions started an all-out assault on the Polish 10th Motorized Cavalry Brigade positions located at Jordanów (pronounced ‘Your-dan-noff’)…  

VICTORY CONDITIONS:  To win the Germans must achieve two goals:

(1) Have uncontested control of all buildings within the village center which is comprised of the circular road net on board 3.   Uncontested Control of the village center is defined as having no enemy unit (whether broken or unbroken) within or adjacent to the area of the village center.  In order for a building to be controlled in your favor, your forces must have been the last to occupy any hex of the building with an unbroken unit when no enemy unit was within the building.    The entering of at least 1 hex of a building is necessary to fulfill the requirement of control. 

(2) Have uncontested control of a road network leading from the west edge to the east edge of the mapboard.  Uncontested Control of a road network is defined as being any line of road hexes leading from the east edge of the mapboard to the west edge of the mapboard that is free of any roadblocks or an enemy unit (whether broken or unbroken) in or adjacent to it.  

The Poles win by avoiding the German Victory Conditions.




(or 37z)  37   



Poles sets up first
7 8 9 10
German moves first

AFTERMATH:  The Poles, despite suffering heavy losses, managed to stop the German assault and by noon the Germans withdrew losing about 30 tanks.  However, the numerical and technical superiority of the Wehrmacht was tremendous and after three failed assaults, in the late evening the Germans finally seized the mountain of Wysoka and the village at its feet.  The Poles withdrew under cover of an armored train.  The village of Wysoka became a center for German service units and a munitions depot.  However, during the night the civilian inhabitants set two oil tanks on fire.  The explosion destroyed a number of previously damaged tanks of the 2nd division and also killed a number of resting soldiers of the 3rd Mountain Division.  Altogether, in the battle of Jordanów the Germans lost approximately 50 tanks and a number of other armored fighting vehicles.  Polish losses were also significant, and especially so in the ill equipped volunteer units.  Following a recon of the German units in the area, Gen. Szylling ordered the 10th Cavalry Brigade to slowly withdraw along the Beskides and organize delaying actions along the rivers and mountain ranges.