"THE MYTH OF KROJANTY"
©2007 A Squad Leader Academy Scenario; Scenario Design by Bill Sosnicki; Updated 070208;
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September 1, 1939, in Pomerania Province, near the village of Krojanty, Poland: Polish forces on the left (northern) flank were engaged in battle against elements of the German 76th Infantry Regiment, 20th Motorized Division, XIX Panzer Corps under the command of Gen. Heinz Guderian. Early in the battle Polish cavalry had intercepted German infantry moving towards Gdansk and managed to slow their progress. However, the Germans broke through the units of the Polish Border Guard south of the Polish cavalry, which forced Polish forces in the area to start a retreat towards a secondary line of defense at the Brda River. The 18th Pomeranian Uhlans Regiment was ordered to cover the retreat. While the Polish cavalry units were moving into position as ordered they came across large group of German infantry resting in a woods near the village of Krojanty. Colonel Mastalerz decided to take the enemy by surprise, pulled out his saber and immediately ordered a cavalry charge towards the resting soldiers...
Poles win at games end by eliminating all German units which initially started
on the board and exiting all remaining non-broken units off the opposite board
edge from which they originally entered the game from without losing more than
half of their own initial forces. The German
wins by avoiding the Polish Victory Conditions.
TURN RECORD CHART:
TURN 4: Nearby Elements of the German 20th Motorized Division - beginning on Turn 4 units may enter by rolling 1 die and if the result is < the current turn number they may then enter from either board edge in which the Poles did not enter from nor have to exit off of:
buildings are single story and made of wooden construction.
Despite the date, wheatfields do not exist.
Treat all Orchard hexes as Open Ground.
Ponds do not exist. Treat all Marsh and Brush as Woods.
The Path in hex 37T9 does not exist. Treat the Path leading from 37Y1
to 37Z4 as Road hexes, which connect to the east-west road in 37Z4. VSQL
players may opt to use customized Board 37z which can be downloaded from the
Turn 1 all German units must first pass a normal morale check before they
are allowed to fire.
the tactic of a cavalry charge was not used as their main weapon, it
none-the-less took the Germans by complete surprise and the German infantry unit
was quickly dispersed, and the Poles occupied the woods.
The sounds of the battle alerted crews of the APCs stationed nearby, and
soon the Polish unit came under heavy machine gun fire.
According to Heinz Guderian's memoirs, the Polish cavalry charge
impressed the Germans so much so that it caused widespread panic among the
soldiers and the staff of the German 20th Motorized Infantry Division, delayed
their offensive, and even forced the staff to consider a tactical retreat.
This was however prevented by personal intervention of Gen. Guderian
himself and it took several hours for the Germans to reorganize and continue
the German advance was stopped long enough to allow the withdrawal of the Polish
1st Rifle Battalion, Czersk National Defense Battalion, and the Czersk
Operational Group from the area around Chojnice to withdraw southwards
September 2, 1939, Gen. Grzmot-Skotnicki, the commander of the Czersk
Operational Group, decorated the 18th Pomeranian Uhlans Regiment with his own
Virtuti Militari medal for valour shown in this engagement.
That same day German war correspondents were brought to the battlefield
together with two journalists from Italy.
They were shown the battlefield; the corpses of Polish Cavalrymen and
their horses, as well as German tanks that arrived to the place after the
Italian correspondent sent home an article, in which he described the bravery
and heroism of Polish soldiers, who charged German tanks with sabers and lances.
Although such a charge did not happen and there were no tanks used during
the combat, the myth was used by German propaganda during the war.
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