Joe spent the night at my home, but both of us had some work to do in
the morning. So, shortly before lunch, we were able to gather for a few
more hours of gaming. We really wanted to get in another wargame, but
time was short. So, out came the Avalon Hill classic, Afrika Korps. I
assumed the role of Rommel, while Joe directed the British.
Maneuverability is the key in this old title. I quickly rushed my
panzer units along the coastal roads, securing Benghazi with little
resistance. The road was open to Tobruk, but Joe was rushing forces to
its defense. I was forced to delay my attack in order to allow time for
my reinforcements and slow-moving infantry to arrive. Thus, when I was
ready for battle, Joe had taken up defensive positions that forced me to
split my forces and fight two simultaneous battles. Further, Joe had
split off three weak divisions in an attempt at an end-run, sending them
into the deserts of North Africa, aimed at either Benghazi or my home
base further west.
The battle for Tobruk was bloody, resulting in a potentially disastrous
exchange. Since the British troops inside the fortress were doubled in
strength, the exchange result meant that I was forced to lose 16
strength points of troops. Still, I had managed to capture Tobruk.
However, the battle severely depleted my forces, meaning my initial plan
to roll on to the British Home Base at El Alamein would likely be
So, I now turned my attention to another possible victory condition:
eliminating ALL of the British forces in North Africa. It was now or
never for this victory condition, as on the very next turn, the British
were scheduled to receive reinforcements. After that point, eliminating
all of his units would be near impossible.
I made a tough decision, again splitting my forces. I led Rommel
further East to confront the strongest remaining pocket of British
resistance and sent another, smaller force into the desert to hunt down
that pesky British expeditionary force. Since I had far greater
maneuverability, I was able to catch this force and engage them in
battle. Both attacks had to succeed on this turn. Otherwise, the
British reinforcements would arrive and my forces would be split and
badly depleted. It was truly an "all or nothing" proposition.
My odds were decent: 1 attack at 3-1 odds, with the other attack at 2-1
odds. Exchanges or Defender Eliminated results were both acceptable.
What I couldn't handle were Defender Retreats or Attacker Eliminated
results. Fortunately, luck was with me as Rommel managed to destroy the
British he encountered, while the British force in the desert was
eliminated with an exchange result. The British were removed from North
Africa, giving the Afrika Korps a magnificent victory!