The ninth scenario pack produced by Le Franc Tireur.
Just a few months after the release of LFT 14, the LFT crew is very happy to offer to our little ASL world a selection of 10 scenarios from “Vae Victis,” as well as 7 other original designs.
For those who do not know this publication, “Vae Victis” is a French magazine that deals with wargames in general, and that contains in each of its issues one original ASL scenario (most of the time, from Herr Doktor). It covers a wide variety of subjects and also contains a full game inside. You can check it out here : https://www.vaevictismag.fr/en/ as well as on the back cover of FTC 9.
|FT257||Too little, too soon||vs.||6 turns|
Gafsa, Tunisia, 21 November 1942 : On November 8, 1942, the Allied Forces landed in North Africa. Part of the French forces had rallied to them under Admiral Darlan, but other troops had handed their weapons to the Germans, who were reinforcing as fast as possible through the French harbors. Of paramount importance to them was the security of Rommel’s rear in Tunisia. The Germans rushed units to the Tunisian-Algerian border, but ran into French troops ready to try and wrestle the control of the area from them, their spirits high after making contact with the spearhead of the US troops, mainly paratroopers and tank destroyers. On November 21st, at around 10 in the morning, the riders of 3ème RCA spotted a group of German motorcycles driving towards the village of Gafsa, fifty miles from the border. General Welvert immediately sent a platoon to secure the village.
|FT258||Panzerschlacht !||vs.||6,5 turns|
near Burbulatovo, Russia, 25 February 1943 : At the end of February 1943, after months of retreats and defeats against the Red Army, Axis forces suddenly took the initative back. In the southern sector, General Manstein gathered several divisions, including elements of SS-Panzerkorps, and prepared a counteroffensive. Units of the Voronej Front stopped exhausted and unsupplied a few dozen miles from the Dniepr, while the Stavka believed the enemy was falling back. On 20th February, the SS and forces of the 47.PanzerKorps began a pincer movement on the lead Soviet elements. On the 24th, their assault carried on while to the east the 40.PanzerKorps destroyed the Popov mobile group. Nevertheless, the Russians tried to fall back, keeping a continuous front, aided by the meagerness of assaulting forces. But on the 25th, the 17.PanzerDivision found a breach and broke through towards the Barvenkovo-Lozovaya Railway.
|FT259||Alcazar !||vs.||6 turns|
Wisnicz, Poland, 6 September 1939 : Since the first day of the invasion, divisions of XVIII. ArmeeKorps met stubborn resistance, in particular from the 10th Motorized Cavalry Brigade, the only big operational and modern Polish unit at this time. While retreating, it had bitterly contested every step of the way. Despite a clear numerical superiority, the Germans had not cut into the front of Colonel Maczek’s unit, nicknamed “The Black Brigade” because of the black leather jackets worn by its members. However, the attackers mobility allowed them to exploit every breach while the Poles suffered from mediocre communications, aerial attacks, jams provoked by refugees and rumors. Therefore, on September 6th, while the 10th Brigade general staff set up in the village of Wisnicz, it learned that the enemy was to be found in a village about 4 miles to the southeast. A reconnaissance confirmed the situation. While cut from the same stone of its units, Colonel Maczek decided to stay. Wisnicz was put into the defensive with a Bofors gun placed at the opening of each of the four routes. Service staff armed and took position. The village was then dubbed “Alcazar”, in reference to the Alcazar siege at Toledo by the republican troops during the Spanish war.
|FT260||Inainte !||vs.||6,5 turns|
Filiberta, Russia, 26 September 1941 : During the end of September 1941, troops of the 3rd Romanian Army, reinforced by some German divisions, setup in the steppe of Nogaï, between the Dniepr and the Black Sea. Axis units were decimated and prepared to bear the brunt of a vast Soviet counter attack. Nevertheless, they performed local attacks in order to consolidate their positions. Calarasi 2nd Regiment of the 8th Cavalry Brigade received the order to take the hamlet of Filiberta in order to protect a nearby German division. On 26th September, after a heavy artillery preparation, the 2nd Calarasi, led by its 2nd squadron, mounted an assault.
|FT261||The Battle of Algiers||vs.||5 turns|
Algiers, Algeria, 8 November 1942 : As part of Operation Torch, direct assaults on Oran’s and Algiers’ ports were planned in order to prevent sabotage. The operation aimed at Algiers, nicknamed Terminal, had been entrusted to the 3rd Battalion,135th Infantry Regiment and to sailors of the Royal Navy. These troops logically received the “Terminal Force” code name. This unit, ferried by the British destroyers Malcolm and Broke, arrived in sight of Algiers’ harbor on 8 November in the morning. Hopes of symbolic resistance were swept away by sustained fire from coastal defenses. The Malcolm fell back but the Broke managed to land her troops by 0530. Disembarked troops seized several buildings but at 0940 the destroyer was forced to weigh anchor because of sustained damage. Part of the “Terminal Force,” under Colonel Swanson’s command, chose to remain.
|FT262||20 years later...||vs.||4,5 turns|
Berensdorf, Germany, 8 September 1939 : Beginning in September 1939, armies on both sides of the French-German border took position, behind the cover of front line protection units. France had created specific units for border surveillance, the Gardes Frontaliers. But, with mediocre training and second rate equipment, sometimes they even had part of their families in Germany, these were second-rate troops. On the 8th, such a detachment was tasked with the reconnaissance of the village of Berensdorf.
|FT263||Summer Duty||vs.||6,5 turns|
Near Kalinovka, Russia, 31 July 1943 : By the end of July 1943, the Southern Front of the Red Army was strongly entrenched on the western side of the Mius River. Large forces of three different armies defended this position, but, showing overconfidence, had not setup proper defenses. On the 30th of July, the Russians were taken aback when the Germans started an offensive to try and eliminate the bridgehead. The XXIV.Panzerkorps, in a scythe maneuver, managed to encircle 5 rifle divisions. The defenders were trapped between the 16.Panzergrenadiere-Division in the south and west, and the 23.Panzer-Division in the east and north. The Germans shelled the pocket, and nearly 1000 Russians surrendered. Other Russian units tried to break in to the encircled units, but to no avail. On the 31st of July, the 23.Pz.Div. was tasked with eliminating the remaining defenders.
|FT264||Hands off the Loot !||vs.||6 turns|
Near Paulhac, France, 2 Ju
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