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#410615_01v Operation Battleaxe - North Africa 1941

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#410615_01v Operation Battleaxe

By David Freer
Allied (NA41) 2 - 0 - 6 Axis (NA41)
Rating: 7.79 (8)
Games Played: 8
SM: 6
Turns: 90
Type: Stock
First Side: Allied (NA41)
Second Side: Axis (NA41)
Fort Capuzzo, Egyptian - Libyan Border: June 15th, 1941. (Scenario Size: Corp. Head to Head or Human vs AI for either side. This scenario uses variable objective victory points) Operation Brevity in mid-May 1941 had failed to clear the Axis frontier defenses bar the capture of the strategic Halfaya Pass. This strategic location was lost to Rommel when Operation Skorpion was launched on May 26th. Operation Brevity though was only intended as a precursor for Operation Battleaxe - the first time that the Allies would have a clear superiority in tank numbers and the first operational use of the new A15 Crusader tank. With Halfaya Pass back in their hands the Axis forces turned it and several other localities into Stuetzpunkt (fortified positions). Notably, the newly arrived 50mm AT guns as well as several 88mm guns formed the core of the defense both at Halfaya Pass and at the Hafid Ridge (Point 208). The British planned to clear the major Axis positions at Halfaya, Sollum and Fort Capuzzo with the 4th Indian Division supported by 4th Armored Brigade. This Brigade had been outfitted with every available Matilda tank in its two tank regiments. 7th Tank Brigade was to protect the flank of the Indians from any incursion by the German Panzers and the 7th Support Brigade was left as a deep reserve and a further flank guard. Operation Battleaxe was to be an archetypical desert engagement of grandiose maneuver, open flanks and entrenched positions. Both sides were to be placed in positions of success and failure. This scenario covers all three days of Operation Battleaxe.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Geier's ProfileGeier Slightly Pro Axis (NA41) 9
Fhil's ProfileFhil Slightly Pro Axis (NA41) 8
Halsey74's ProfileHalsey74 Well Balanced 7
Geier's ProfileGeier Moderately Pro Axis (NA41) 7
Beerweasel's ProfileBeerweasel Well Balanced 9
Warrant Officer
Geier Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:09 pm
Lots of open desert to maneuver. Brits have to focus on objectives early since scenario runs with variable victory points on objectives. Germans have to play for time early to allow their armor to concentrate. Matildas sure are hard to stop!
Warrant Officer
Geier Frid Jul 24, 2020 8:11 pm
Almost impossible for the Brits to win. German forces are superior in infantry quality and firepower (Brits only marginally better than the Italians)as well as their armor quality (except the Matilda which is slow and not in sufficient numbers to offset the German armor advantage.
1st Lieutenant
Beerweasel Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:07 pm
Capture of Halfaya Pass objectives on Day 1 was a key to Allied victory
1st Lieutenant
Beerweasel Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:37 am
i never get tired of this one.
skc007 Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:14 am
Looks good. Am I overlooking something, but where do I actually download these Scenario?
Ricky B
Lieutenant General
Ricky B Sat Apr 06, 2024 5:05 pm
A good mobile battle overall. I played the Commonwealth. For the Germans, I would say they need to avoid standing early until their reserves arrive, and avoid the Matildas, focusing the panzers on the other forces.