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SPW borne grenadiers from the 11/III(gep) Pzg Regt ‘Der Fuhrer' attack the Grebeni Bridgehead on the 30th September 1943.

Semi - historical

Map Size 720m x 880m

Total Force Points: approx 1000 points

  • Battle Type: Axis Attack
  • Game Length: 25+
  • Time: Mid-Day
  • Ground Condition: Dry
  • Temperature: Cool
  • Weather: Clear
  • Defender: Soviet
  • Map Contours: Gentle
  • Flag type: Dynamic (chosen by attacker)
  • No Of Flags: 4 (flag worth 2000 points)

About the Scenario

I have based the actual German unit make up on Horst Herpolsheimer's eyewitness account of the actual action – “With wide intervals between vehicles we charged the enemy…..racing towards and then across his positions…”

The map and Soviet force make up although based on what info is contained in the actual account do involve a certain amount of artistic interpretation.

In the account the fields are full of sunflowers. As this provides some cover, and there is no default tile for sunflowers, I set the month default to August to allow the wheat fields to be ripe and thus provide some cover.

The title of the scenario is pinched from a Battlefront.com discussion thread (about the role and combat employment of Panzergrenadiers and their armoured carriers – you can search for it by using the key words ‘panzergrenadiers not SPW Hotrodders'). If I recall the title was coined by Jason C – so my thanks to him for the inspiration!

Information Sources

Based on Horst Herpolsheimer's account in James Lucas's ‘Das Reich – The Military role of the 2 nd SS Division'

Play recommendations

Axis Vs AI (with AI on set-up default, at least for first time you play)

Two Player

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