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Brandenburger Bridge ETO (id:#57447)
Critical Hit (Rout Pak II ID:RPII 5)
Prior Publication: Dagger: Rout Report #4.3 Z5
See Also: Brandenburger Bridge by Critical Hit Brandenburger Bridge by Dagger Brandenburger Bridge by Critical Hit
Designer: Dave Lamb
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Balance:
GermanRussian
Overview:
Typical of the actions of the first week was the capture of a key bridge within the Pripet marshes on June 27. The approach of a conventional armored column would lead the defenders to complete its demolition, so the requirement for stealth made it a special forces task. The regimental commander informed the Brandenburgers that he could not approach any closer than 15 minutes driving distance from the objective. It was, therefore, immediately apparent that having seized the bridge, the Brandenburgers would have to hold it for at least a quarter of an hour against all the surrounding Soviet troops. A variation on the traditional deception was planned. The men would drive toward the bridge in two Soviet trucks. They would be wearing Red Army greatcoats and carrying Soviet rifles while concealing machine-pistols underneath. By driving out of the sunset at dusk, they planned to be silhouetted in the long shadows of a summerís evening on the steppes, while German infantry patrols maintained pressure on the retreating troops milling towards the bridge. Artillery and Stuka bombardment added to the confusion and panic to produce just the sort of chaos ideal for such a mission. The Brandenburgers would shout that they were being closely pursued by panzers. While one truck would cross the bridge, the second would appear to break down on the far bank, and the Brandenburgers would attempt to persuade the demolition guard to delay the destruction of the bridge until their comrades could cross. In the confusion, they would locate the demolition charges, and once the second truck had limped onto the bridge, throw off their greatcoats and seize the span intact. The attack was to be heralded with a raid by Stukas, their sirens wailing to create terror among the defenders, and the deception was further improved by carefully following the trucks with artillery fire. As the first truck crossed the bridge and the second slowed to a halt, the Brandenburgers were ready to fight off the Soviets with their rifle butts. The German leader managed to locate the demolition guard commander and engaged in a furious argument to prevent him from blowing the charges while commandos quickly sought to surreptitiously find and disconnect them. The second truck finally drew close to the bridge, and the German now threw off his coat and began shooting. He was soon killed, but a noncom had cut the wires from the detonator. Both groups were now in position at either end of the bridge and ready to defend it for 15 minutes. Two hours later, the objective was finally secured with the arrival of the main body of the armor after fierce counterattacks by wave upon wave of desperate Soviets, supported by mortars and artillery.
Attacker: German (Brandenburg Detachment and Panzer Gruppe 2 Relief Column)
Defender: Russian (Remnants of Soviet Army Group)  
Turns: 6     Players: 2     OBA: Russian     Night: No
Pripet Marsh, Russia 1941-06-27
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:12.5 D:27.0
AFVs: A:5
PzKpfw IIIH x 3
SPW 251/1 x 2
Opel Blitz x 3

D:5
T26S M37/39 x 3
BT-5 M34 x 1
GAZ-4M-AA x 1

Guns: A:0 D:3
45mm PTP obr. 32 x 1
75mm PP obr. 27 x 1
82mm BM obr. 37 x 1
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: River is Deep, treat Brush as Marsh. A: Air, Tr3
Map Board(s): 7 13 32
Overlays: NONE
Errata (source)
The German setup restriction of ">= 2 hexes" should be "<= 2 hexes". The Germans also start with Control of the two victory hexes.CH
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hoxson1 Modified the overlays2018-11-08 16:24:34
hoxson1 Modified the misc. rules2018-11-08 16:24:06
hoxson1 Modified the Unit Elements2018-11-08 16:21:16
hoxson1 Modified the overview2017-01-08 18:18:16
hoxson1 Set the designer field2017-01-08 18:12:51
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Brandenburger Bridge
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Wednesday 18 September 2019 07:45:53 AM  (c)dramsey 2019