TAHGC 21"Battle for the Warta Line"
ON THE MEUSE,
May 17, 1940: For two days the Poles desperately tried to hold a line
in the vicinity of the Warta and Widawka Rivers but were gradually pushed back.
However, the stubborn resistance of the crack Polish 10th Division was threatening
to throw the German invaders severely off their time schedule and might enable
the Poznan Army to escape almost certain encirclement. Determined to break through,
the Germans brought up heavy reinforcements including the elite SS Liebstandarte
Regiment and attacked once again.
VICTORY CONDITIONS: To win, the
Germans must exit at least eight infantry squads off the east edge. Tanks and
their crews play no role in determining victory conditions. The Poles win by
avoiding the German victory conditions.
Rules Introduced: Sections
set up first
- TURN 1: Elements of SS Liebstandarte Regiment;
enter anywhere along the west edge of board 5:
1x9-2ss; 2x9-1ss; 2x8-1ss; 2x8-0ss; 15x658ss; 1x248ss; 2xMMG; 1xRadio; 2xPzKwIB;
1x75* INF; 1xSdKfz7t
- AT START: Elements of the 10th Infantry
Division; setup firs anywhere on boards 3 or 5, except any hex on board 5
containing a grid coordinate of 4 or less.
1x9-2; 1x9-1; 2x8-0; 13x458; 2xMMG; 2xLMG; 3xATR; 1xRadio; 6xConcealment;
18xWire; 8xEntrechment; 1x135 Bunker
SPECIAL SCENARIO RULES:
- 21.1: Germans had one offboard artillery
module of 105mm support with plentiful ammunition (107.423).
- 21.2: Poles may not use Hidden Initial Placement
but the German player may not inspect the contents of any entrenchment or
bunker until the units inside fire.
- 21.3: The special character ics of SS units
(83.5: can be taken prisoner & 83.6: do not go berserk) do not apply.
- 21.4: The Polish Marosczek ATR was and extremely
fine weapon for its day; weighing in at only 19.5 pounds. Polish ATRs have
the portage equivalent of an LMG, not a MMG of other nationalities.
- 29.5: The Polish radio is actually a field
phone (COI Supplemental H). The Polish player has one module of 81mm mortar
fire with scarce ammunition (107.423).
battered remnants of the Polish 10th Division extracted a heavy toll from the
attackers, but equipment wise they were no match for the Germans. Although a
total breakthrough was prevented, by September 7th, little hop remained and
a forced retreat with the gallant survivors was started towards the Vistula.