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Ode to Panzer Leader V - 6 Scenarios - The Matrix Games version of West Front

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Ode to Panzer Leader V - 6 Scenarios

By Alan R. Arvold
Axis 0 - 0 - 0 France
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SM: 2
Turns: 12
Type: Custom
First Side: Axis
Second Side: France
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By Alan R. Arvold

Again the conversion of the scenarios of Panzer Leader to West Front continues. In this set are the six scenarios from the article “The Paths of Rommel: New Scenarios for Panzer Leader 1940” by Daniel Helmbrecht, which were published in the General Vol.22, #3.

These scenarios when originally published were some of the strangest organized ones ever published in the General. Most of this was due to the multiple errors that occurred in transcribing the original manuscript to the printed page. In four of the scenarios, the mapboard configurations were incorrect. These errors were not discovered until the issue was about to go to press. It was too late to change the artwork (which the mapboard configurations were) so the editors changed the set up instructions so that the respective sides were set up or entered where the author originally intended. This led to some strange things happening such as the Germans advancing from west to east across the board, whereas they should be advancing east to west as would be appropriate in 1940. Another problem came from the author himself. In all of the scenarios the Germans are short of transport units. The author only supplied enough to transport the guns, the infantry was left without. Of course the author was relying on the Panzer Leader rule that allowed German infantry units to ride on any German AFV unit (except SPA’s). However, he must of wrote and submitted his article before the ruling came out that German infantry units may not ride on non-transport AFV units in Panzer Leader 1940 due to the fact that Germans did not adopt this tactic until after they invaded Russia later in the war and saw the Russians regularly employing it. Another fault of his was the inclusion of Pz III tanks in the German orders of battle. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of the France 1940 Campaign knows that the German 7 th Panzer Division never had Pz III tanks. The point of the matter is that all of the previously mentioned faults had to be corrected before converting the Panzer leader scenarios into ones for West Front.

As usual these scenarios were converted to the same standard as those ones in previous parts of the “Ode to Panzer Leader” series. Again, as usual, refer to the original Design Notes for “Ode to Panzer Leader” to see what those standards are. One special note, since all of these scenarios have to do with the German 7 th Panzer Division, I have made the top German leader General Rommel himself, since he usually preferred to lead from the front, and the rest of the leaders in the various German orders of battle the actual commanders who led the units in question during the actual engagements.
Most of the scenarios have a low to medium units count and can be completed in a short amount of time.