SQLA Scenario WG305


©2007 A Squad Leader Academy Scenario; Scenario Design by Bill Sosnicki;  Updated 070201;

PLAYTEST STATUS: This scenario is currently in playtest (Beta Release).  Please contact Squad Leader Academy to join this effort.

September 1, 1939, north of the town of Mawawa in northern Poland: After the Treaty of Versailles, the area of former Royal Prussia was left to Germany as the province of East Prussia.  Thus the new German-Polish border was now located only some 120 km north of Warsaw, the Polish capital city.  The Polish Modlin Army was the main defensive force guarding Poland’s borders in the north.  It was dislocated along the border with East Prussia and was to stop the enemy forces advancing towards Warsaw, Nidzica and the Modlin Fortress. Shortly before the war, a decision was made to strengthen the Polish defenses by construction of a line of field fortifications and concrete bunkers to the north of the small town of Mawawa, (or Mława) (pronounced ‘Mah-wah-wah’) in the centre of the army's positions, and adding the Modlin Army with support from the 20th Infantry Division to cover the flanks.  The fortifications consisted of a line of trenches and extremely heavy concrete bunkers with mounted copulas, shielded by anti-tank trenches and obstacles, along a low glacial hill overlooking the valley of the Mawawka River, to the north of the town.  The beginning of World War II in the northern sector started at noon when the 1st Army Corps under German General Walter Petzel attacked this formidable defensive line...

VICTORY CONDITIONS:  To win the Germans must capture and control all 3 bunkers and third level hill hexes by games end.  The Poles win by avoiding the German victory conditions.







Poles sets up first
7 8 9 10
German moves first

                1x9-2;  1x8-1;  1x8-0;  10x4-5-7;  9x2-2-7;  3xHMG; 3xMMG; 6xLMG;  6xATR;  3xATG37L;  3x3+5+7Bunkers;  16xTrenches;  16xWire;  3xRoadblocks;


                1x9-2;  2x9-1; 2x8-1;  2x8-0;  1x9-1AL;  1x8-1AL;  30x4-6-7;  2xHMG;  4xMMG;  8xLMG;  3xMTR50mm;  3xDC;  3xFT;  2xPzKwIB; 2xPzKwIID;  2xPSW222;  2xPSW231;  2xPzKw35(t);  2xPzKw38(t);  2xPzKwIVC;  1xsIG-IB;  6xSdKfz7t;  3xLtTrk;  3xHvyTrk;


AFTERMATH:  Although the attacking forces were equipped with tanks and supported by warplanes, the initial assault was repelled by Polish-made 37mm Armata Wz. 36 anti-tank gun mounted atop the bunker in copulas.  The commander of the German Third Army, ordered his forces to attack the Polish defenses several times in a row, but all the attacks were repelled and in the late evening the Germans were forced to withdraw to their initial positions.  The next day the Germans began a heavy artillery bombardment on the right flank of the Polish forces. After two hours of constant artillery fire, the assault started, and after the result of close combat, the Polish defenders started to waver.  A counterattack by the Polish 79th Infantry Regiment was unsuccessful and the commander of the Polish Modlin Army ordered the 20th Division to extend further eastwards and prepare for the defense of its right flank.  The 8th Infantry Division, until now held in reserve, was ordered to prepare for a counterattack.  They arrived to the area in the early hours of September 3 and the Mazovian Cavalry Brigade operating further eastwards became endangered by German armored troops, the army commander ordered the division to split its forces and attack in two directions: one towards Grudusk, east of Mawawa (or Mława), and the other towards Przasnysz. However, with conflicting orders and German diversants operating in the rear areas, both attacks were disrupted and led to chaos in the Polish ranks.  The Polish division was mostly destroyed by evening and only the 21st Infantry Regiment managed to withdraw towards the Modlin Fortress.  Despite all this, the German attacks on both flanks of the 20th Infantry Division went mostly unsuccessful.  Two days later, on September 3, German engineers finally managed to cut through the Polish antitank barriers.  Using local civilians as human shields they finally captured several bunkers on the left flank of the Polish forces, but they were unable to push forwards.  On the right flank the attacks were more successful and in the late evening elements of German troops finally broke through the lines of the 79th Infantry Regiment to the rear of the Poles.  Being outflanked and surrounded, Polish commanders ordered the 20th division and the remnants of the 8th to withdraw towards Warsaw and Modlin, finally abandoning the fortified positions.

Playtesters currently involved in development:  Phil Grashna, Scott Bramley, and Bill Sosnicki