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Friendly Fire: ASL Scenario Pack #9

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Theme:      WW2      ASL     

Friendly Fire Pack 9 contains eight scenarios featured in the Friendly Fire 2014 ASL tournament.


FrF69 To Ashes

Assche, Belgium, May 18, 1940: The British Expeditionary Force was retreating across Belgium. In the early morning of 18 May its 4th Division was ordered to move westwards. The 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, reinforced by 18-pounder field guns, served as a rear guard, deployed through the outskirts of Brussels. At noon German armored cars, motorcycle troops and a self-propelled gun raced past two tank troops and gained a road in the British rear area. The British cavalrymen found that the enemy was all around and now even between them and their supporting artillery.

FrF70 An Estonian Interlude

Tartu, Estonia, July 10, 1941: With Operation Barbarossa, many Estonians saw the opportunity to break free from the Soviet Union. These "Forest Brothers" had a variety of back-grounds, and many had served in the then-dissolved Estonian armed forces. Arms and equipment were retrieved from hidden caches, and the struggle for independence began. A strong force commanded by Major Friedrich Kurg made an ambitious attempt to liberate Tartu, Estonia's second largest city. Unexpectedly, it was their fellow countrymen, in the form of Estonian communists, that stood in their way.

FrF71 Pulling Out

Northeast of Staroye Ustinovo, Russia, August 5, 1942: In early August 1942, a light howitzer battery of the 36. Infanterie-Divison (mot) was besieged just northeast of Staroye Ustinovo. The German artillerymen were surrounded by infantry and half a dozen Russian tanks from the 20th Tank Brigade. The situation was a stalemate; the German force and its howitzers were powerful enough to keep the Russian tanks at bay, but lacked the offensive capability to break out. A company of German tanks, including some captured T-34s, supported by mechanized infantry, was ordered to break the siege.

FrF72 The Mubo Decision

Mubo, New Guinea, January 11, 1943: In early 1943 the strategic situation in central New Guinea remained unresolved. The Japanese build-up created an expectation that the Japanese would move first. To counter these expectations, Australian commander Lt. Col. Fleay mustered 300 Australian commandos and launched a raid against the key Japanese outpost at Mubo. This village was located approximately 20 kilometres from the Japanese-held coastal village of Salamaua, the scene of an earlier successful ANZAC raid. Fleay sought to surround Mubo and then launch an attack.

FrF73 Sledgehammers

Lion-Sur-Mer, France, June 6, 1944: Some of the heavy German shells falling on Sword beach during the morning of D-Day came from 10. Batterie, Artillerie-Regiment 1716 at Plumetot, 3 km inland. After the battery, consisting of 155mm guns mounted on captured French Lorraine Schlepper chassis, had lost contact with its forward observer, the guns to fired on predetermined beach exit areas. Around 1000, they suddenly received orders to counter-attack towards Lion-Sur-Mer with infantry of the Grenadier-Regiment 736, mostly made up of middle-aged men.

FrF74 Out of Their Element

West of Annopol, Poland, August 30, 1944: The 1. Skijäger-Division was the first and only ski division in the Wehrmacht. Although created for the snow-covered north, the division would spend all its active time in the desperate battles of Heeres-Gruppe Mitte. In early August 1944 the Red Army had established a small bridgehead across the Vistula at Annopol, and reinforcements and supply trickled in across a foot bridge. On 30 August, German artillery and rocket launchers fired a ten-minute bombardment. When the barrage lifted, Skijäger infantry, combat engineers and armor attacked.

FrF75 Goodbye Brother

Hirskallio Cape, Suursaari Island, Finland, September 15, 1944: In mid-1944, the Germans were well aware of the possibility of a separate peace between Finland and the Soviet Union. One step taken with such an eventuality in mind was the planning of an amphibious operation Tanne Ost, targeting Suursaari (Högland) Island. Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 531 formed the backbone of the assault force. At midnight on 14 September the Germans demanded that the island's Finnish garrison surrender. The Finnish commander, Lieutenant Colonel Miettinen, refused. The order to attack was given.

FrF76 Pain in the Neck

Schmiedeberg, Saxony, Germany, May 7, 1945: Adolf Hitler was dead. The war in Europe was soon to be over, but German troops still fought in Germany and the neighboring countries. One such formation was the 10. SS-Panzer-Division "Frundsberg", which crossed the river Elbe at the city of Dresden on 6 May. They retreated southward, away from the Red Army steamroller, but the main roads behind them were already in Russian hands. Realizing that time was running out, the remnants of the division made use of the winding roads around the town of Schmiedeberg to reach the American lines.


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