#410528_01 Stilos Rearguard - North Africa 1941
#410528_01 Stilos RearguardBy David Freer
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Stilos, South East of Suda Bay, Western Crete, Greece: May 28th, 1941. (Scenario Size: Brigade. Head to Head or German Human vs Allied AI) After the slowing of the German advance at 42nd Street, the Allied withdrawal to the Cretan port of Sphakion on the Southern coast took on a new urgency. General Ringel, overall German commander assumed the Allies would retreat eastwards towards Heraklion and was desperate to both trap the Allies and relieve the beleaguered Fallschirmjaeger who had landed in Eastern Crete. Ringel pushed his Gebirgsjaeger through the hills above the Northern coastline hoping to encircle the Allied forces. The Commonwealth forces had set up a number of blocking positions on the road to Sphakion with the Layforce commandos providing relatively fresh troops to man the rear-guard. Little did either force realize that they were heading in different direction with the Germans pushing Eastwards and the Allies to the South. The Gebirgjaeger moving through the hills surprised the Allies as they cut across the Commonwealth line of retreat, resulting in a confused engagement.