Westwall Module Released

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  1. ironsight

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    Thanks Dave. Hope you are well. Nice to see so many good things happening with the game. Now about the Eastern Front... :)
     
  2. BigDuke66

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    Have bought it yet mainly because of lack of time(Doing beta for another game),so can anyone bring a bit more light into the scenarios we get with this?
    Maybe the briefings for each or so?
     
  3. john connor

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    There's some info somewhere in here already BD, but not scenario briefings, I fear. I'll see if I can get time to cut and paste a few.
     
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    Clearing the West Bank
    12th October 1944, 12.00 hours. The Peel Marshes, Holland
    Hypothetical scenario

    After the failure of the US 7th Armored Division to capture Overloon, the Americans were relieved by the the British 3rd Infantry Division. The attack by this division, scheduled for October 11, was part of a much larger design, codenamed 'Contellation'. In the first phase, 'Pollux', 3rd Division was to clear the Overloon-Venray area. Once this was achieved, the 11 Armoured Division was to attack to the south. The 7th Armored Division would at this stage attack along the road Deurne-Venray ('Pollux').

    This scenario examines what might have happened if the Germans were able to withdraw the XLVII Panzer Korps from the fighting near Arnhem and redeploy these units to the Venlo area 2 weeks earlier than they did historically. In addition, Model gets his wish and the 116th Panzer Division is withdrawn from the Aachen battles and is committed to the Peel Marshes. The Allies react with some additional reserves but the timing of the German response will catch the Allied command seriously off balance. The struggle for control of the West bank of the Maas is about to begin!

    It is now October 12. The Allied attack, postponed for 24 hours because of the appaling weather, is about to go in. It has rained so much that streams have turned into small rivers, and some of the land along them is flooded. Still, the British are confident that they will capture Overloon and Venray in a few days, at the most.

    Scenario design by Richard Simonitch
     
  5. john connor

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    Counterstroke in the Swamp

    October 27th 1944, 04:00 hours
    Deurne Canal, Holland

    Historical scenario.

    After the failure to capture Overloon and Venray earlier in the month, the US 7th Armored Division was moved further south to hold another portion of the frontline of the so called "Venlo Bridgehead"; the portion west of the Maas river still held by the Germans. Their new frontline ran for more than 20 miles along the Deurne Canal in a swampy region called "the Peel".

    On the other side of the Canal the front was held by Kampfgruppe Goltzsch. This was a battlegroup of hodgepodge units build around the staff of the 344th Infantry Division. To bolster this group the Germans had reinforced it with the formidable Fallschirmjäger Regiment Hübner (the later FJR 24, after it had been integrated in the 7th FJD). While the Americans of the 87th Cavalry Recon Squadron patrolled the line by day, patrols of the German paratroopers used to cross the canal by night to gather intelligence.

    It was not not long before this stretched, thinly held, part of frontline was noticed by higher levels of the German command who were desperately seeking for measures to relieve the pressure on the troops in the southwest of The Netherlands where the battle for the Scheldt entrance to Antwerp in the sector of the Fifteenth German Army had reached a climax.

    Field Marshal Model of Army Group B decided to carry out a diversionary attack with limited goals across the Deurne Canal to draw Allied troops away from the the Fifteenth German Army in the west of Holland.

    Scenario design by Huib Versloot and Richard Simonitch
     
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    Encircling Aachen

    8 October 1944, Aachen

    Historical scenario

    On Oct 2, 1944, US XIX crossed the river Wurm. Six days later, they had mauled the German LXXXI AK and established a firm bridgehead. They were ready to strike south.

    On the same day, US VII Corps were ready to launch their long awaited attack. They were to strike north, and establish contact with XIX Corps. This would encircle the city of Aachen.

    The situation developing near Aachen was starting to worry the German High Command. so much that they made available some of their scarce reserves. They were ordered to stem the American advance and then to throw back the Americans across the West Wall.
     
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    Geilenkirchen

    Scenario designed by Pieter 'tukker' Schouten

    Historical scenario

    November 18, 1944, Geilenkirchen, north of Aachen


    The Allies had reached the Geilenkirchen area in September 1944, but were halted in front of the West Wall. It wasn't until November before they got moving again. On November 16, the US First Army had started operation 'Queen'. Two days later, the British and American forces under command of Brian Horrocks' XXX Corps launched operation 'Clipper'. Their goal was to break through the West Wall and advance to the river Roer, and beyond to the Rhine.
    The lines of the defending 183 Volksgrenadier Division had been broken by the American 2 Armored Division further south, but, as usual, they had orders to defend every inch of ground. The Germans also kept mobile reserves back to launch counterattacks in the case of a n Allied break-in.
    The weather was abyssmal: rain and clouds kept the Allied planes grounded, and in many places the ground was too soggy for tanks.
     
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    Hamich Ridge

    November 16, East of Aachen

    Historical scenario

    One of the main goals of General Major Collins' VII. US Corps during the great November offensive was the capture of the so called Hamich Ridge. This stretch of high ground sealed off the entrance of the Wehebach valley towards the Düren plain west of the Roer river.

    Designated for the attack were the 1st Infantry Division, with 9th Division's 47th Regiment attached, and CCB of the 3rd Armored Division. The plan was to lead the attack with 3 Infantry batallions: I/16 would attack out of Schevenhütte through the Daens Forest towards Hamich, I/47 would attack Gressenich from the woods to the south of it, thus covering the left flank of I/16 and opening the road for tanks after Gressenich had been captured. II/26 would protect the right flank of I/16 by attacking north through the Laufenburger forest on the right side of the valley road leading from Schevenhütte to the twin towns Jüngersdorf-Langerwehe. CCB consisting of Taskforce "Lovelady" and Taskforce "Mills" was ordered to capture the villages of Werth, Hasterath, Scherpenseel and Kottenich.

    Opposing the Americans was the seasoned 48th Grenadier Regiment of the 12th Infantry Division, flanked on the right by elements of Grenadier Regiment 89 of the same division and Grenadier Regiment 984 of the 275th Infantry Division. The Germans had had no less than 6 weeks to build up their defensive positions.

    Scenario design by Huib Versloot and Richard Simonitch
     
  9. john connor

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    Nightmare at Nimegan

    October 15, 1944: "The Island"

    Fictional scenario.

    After the German attempts to throw the Allies back across the river Waal in early October failed, things have been quiet at the Nijmegen front. The Allies are determined to clear the Scheldt estuary and defeat the Germans at Aachen. Since no fresh divisions are available, both the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions have been kept in line on the Nijmegen front

    The Germans are just as determined to keep the Scheldt estuary closed as long as possible and to keep the Allies west of the river Roer in the Aachen area. However, if they see a chance to deal the Allies a blow in another sector of the front, they may take it...
     
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    Ordeal at Overloon 1

    15.30 hours. September 30, 1944
    St. Anthonis, North of Venlo, Holland

    Historical scenario.

    Although Field-Marshall Montgomery's plan to establish a bridgehead at Arnhem had ended in failure, the Allies still hoped it might possible to cross the river Rhine. They envisaged an advance from the area south of Nijmegen, followed by an assault across the river in the Wesel area. In order to do so, they had to clear the West bank of the river Maas of German troops.

    To strengthen this northern drive, General Eisenhower had assigned the US 7 Armored Division to the Second British Army. There, they were given the task of clearing the area Venray-Venlo of German troops.

    The Germans at the same time were desperate to slow the Allied advance and to gain time to rebuild their Armies. They send whatever troops they could muster across the river Maas, ordered them to dug in and halt the Allied advance.

    In the afternoon of September 30, 1944, the Americans start their drive south. Their first goals includes the village of Overloon.
     
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    Ordeal at Overloon 2

    12th October 1944, 12.00 hours. Overloon, Holland
    Historical scenario
    October 12, 1944, Overloon, north of Venlo

    Historical Scenario

    After the failure of the US 7th Armored Division to capture Overloon, the Americans were relieved by the the British 3rd Infantry Division. The attack by this division, scheduled for October 11, was part of a much larger design, codenamed 'Contellation'. In the first phase, 'Pollux', 3rd Division was to clear the Overloon-Venray area. Once this was achieved, the 11 Armoured Division was to attack to the south. The 7th Armored Division would at this stage attack along the road Deurne-Venray ('Pollux').

    To make sure that the 3rd Division would succeed where the 7th Armored Division had failed, the British had concentrated a large number of guns in the sector.

    The Germans have withdrawn the SS units in LXXXVI Korps, and have replaced them with more Fallschimjaeger. All their units are well dug in.

    It is now October 12. The attack, postponed for 24 hours because of the appaling weather, is about to go in. It has rained so much that streams have turned into small rivers, and some of the land along them is flooded. Still, the British are confident that they will capture Overloon and Venray in a few days, at the most.
     
  12. john connor

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    Plan Martin

    December 18, 1944, Geilenkirchen, north of Aachen

    Hypothetical scenario

    The German Army has unexpectedly launched an offensive in the Ardennes. To support the hard-pressed US First Army, the Ninth Army have pulled several divisions out of the line and sent them south. The sectors of the remaining divisions are expanded. The 102st Division, a fairly inexperienced unit, has had to move almost all of its infantry battalions into the front line.
    They are opposed by two German units, the 183. Volksgrenadier Division and the 176. Infanterie Division. They are both rated low-quality units by Allied intelligence.
    While a fierce battle is raging in the Ardennes, this sector of the front is quiet. Neither side is expecting an enemy offensive.
     
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    The Infernal Island

    October 1, 1944: "The Island" between the Waal and the Rhein

    Historical scenario.

    The Battle of Arnhem ended when the remnants of 1 Airborne Divison crossed the Lower Rhine- or did it?
    Certainly not for the troops of XXX Corps on 'The Island', the area between the rivers Rhine and Waal. The positions they occypy are further north than any other Allied position and may still be used as a springboard for another attack across the Rhine and into Germany.
    This, at least, is the German view. They are concentrating troops to eliminate the bridgehead north of the Waal.
    The stage is set for more heavy fighting on the 'Infernal Island'.
     
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    The Stolberg Corridor

    September 17, 1944. East of Aachen

    Historical scenario

    With the decision to bypass Aachen, the plan of the US VII Corps called for a frontal attack by armor to sweep through the West Wall defenses south of the city then a northward sweep to complete the encirclement. By September 14th CCB/3rd Armored Division had penetrated deeply into the West Wall and was poised to drive north. At Roetgen, CCB split into two task forces with TF King advancing toward Stolberg and on their left flank CCA's Task Force Doan heading for Eilendorf, Verlautenheide and the western fringes of Stolberg. On the right TF Lovelady was to fight its way to Eschweiler.

    The Germans threw in a scratch force build around the remains of the 9th Panzer Division. The few German tanks and assault guns tenaciously held the line and scored hits on the American Shermans time after time but were pushed back nevertheless and getting exhausted.

    Help was on the way though. The newly equipped veteran 12th Infantry Division led by Generalleutnant Engel was rushed in by train from West Prussia with orders to attack immediately and throw the Americans back. On September 16 Füsilier Regiment 27 had detrained from Jülich while the next day the other two regiments arrived.

    Scenario design by Huib Versloot and Richard Simonitch
     
  15. john connor

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    Through the Westwall

    October 2, 1944, North of Aachen

    Historical scenario

    After the lightning advance through France and the Low Countries, the Allies came to a halt mid-September when their supplies ran out. South of Aachen, units of the US First Army had already broken through the Westwall defences, but north of the city the XIX Corps were facing the German bunkers along the river Wurm.

    The Germans had used the breathing space in the second half of September to move up their new Volksgrenadier Divisions and Panzer Brigades. The sector north and south of Aachen was defended by the German LXXXI Armeekorps.They expected an Allied attack south of Aachen, but XIX Corps attacked north of the city.
     
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    There. I think that's all of them. It's a fantastic pack, I think. I really strongly recommend it.

    Peter
     
  17. BigDuke66

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    Many thanks for the briefings!

    As some scenario were left out and Dave said:
    "... decided not to publish those at this time"
    will these maybe be added later to the pack or won't it change anymore?
     
  18. Dave 'Arjuna' O'Connor

    Dave 'Arjuna' O'Connor Panther Games Designer

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    Those scenarios weren't of high enough fidelity in terms of the mapping and the OB research etc. So that's why we left them out. If there is enough interest we'll do another module focussing on the southern frontier - Metz et al.
     
  19. Kurt

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    Hey stay away from the Southern sector , its on my to do list :bookworm:
     
  20. Dave 'Arjuna' O'Connor

    Dave 'Arjuna' O'Connor Panther Games Designer

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    Would you like to join the "Patton's Charge" design team Kurt?
     

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