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Carl Fung
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I'll spend today discussing the mid-campaign start scenario Final Blitzkrieg. The scenario starts on the 22 Dec 44 turn and lasts through the game end, 31 Dec 44. It uses all four maps.

The scenario begins at a logical start point as the German offensive is waning and the Allied offensive is just about to begin.


This is the scenario start for Final Blitzkrieg. Using VASSAL, the blue highlighted units are the Allies and the yellow are the German

On the extreme Allied western flank is the Major General Bolling's 84th Infantry Division. It arrives to protect the extreme flank and guard the positions between Marche and Hotton. Two battalions, the 1/333 and 3/335 are sent way to the west on reconnaissance between Wellin and Rochefort. They are soon sent scrambling by advancing German forces. The 84th Infantry Division's historical account gives a good of their actions and locations in the Bulge.

To their left is the majority of the 3rd Armored Division (CCA and CCR). Surrounded in the woods is TF Hogan. They are being confronted by the 116th Panzer Division with the 560th Volksgrenadier Division coming up soon. It will soon abandon its attacks on the east side of the Ourthe River and cross over at La Roche to hit the 84th Division square on. The 116th's exploits are well captured in the division commander's post-war record. The manuscript is part of the US National Archives' Foreign Military Studies who conducted interviews of prisoners captured during the war. Likewise the 560th's record is likewise excellent.

Tied to the 3rd Armored's flank is the 82nd Airborne Division, which is holding Baraque de Fraiture up along the west side of the Ambleve and Salm Rivers. It's holding the back door open for the St. Vith defense while hemming in KG Peiper. Phil Nordyke's All American, All the Way gives a good account of the 82nd's actions and locations.

The fight at Baraque de Fraiture is about to start with the 2nd SS Panzer Division coming up from Houffalize. The original plan for the 2nd SS was to come up north, but the situation cause it to swing south through the 5th Panzer Army's area. It sprang up north through Baraque de Fraiture towards Manhay and hit the backside of the St. Vith bubble.

The St. Vith Goose Egg by 22 Dec 44 was still holding out but was pressured on all sides. It conducted a retrograde action through Salmchateau and Vielsalm. The Goose Egg had a a hodge podge of formations from the 7th Armored Division as its main fighting element and going clockwise: CCB/9th Armored Division, the remnants of the 106th Infantry Division (really the 424th Infantry Regiment), 112th Regiment of the 28th Infantry Division, and the remnants of the 14th Cavalry Group. The 7th Armored Division's website has a plethora of historical information and documents available.

Confronting the St. Vith bubble are the 18th and 62nd Volksgrenadier Division and the Fuhrer Begleit Brigade. The latter would lead the attack squeezing the bubble where it would proceed to help the 116th Panzer Division by Hotton.

Kampfgruppe Peiper at this point is trapped but still full of fight. It's taking the aforementioned 82nd Airborne with the 30th Infantry Division and CCB/3rd Armored Division. Peiper's exploits are well documented in numerous popular accounts. Coming to try rescuing Peiper is the rest of 1st SS Panzer Division. Alongside is the 9th SS Panzer Division which is looking to force a crossing over the Salm River.

Shoring up the Allied left flank is the 1st "Big Red One" Infantry Division. It beat off multiple attacks on the southern edges of Elsenborn Ridge and is about to face one final attempt by the 12th SS Panzer Division by Domaine Butgenbach. The 12th SS has not had much luck in the campaign nor has the 3rd Fallschirmjager Division to its left.

Holding Elsenborn Ridge itself are the remnants of the 2nd and 99th Infantry Divisions. There's a number of accounts which gave the dispositions of each battalion's locations at the time. The 12th Volksgrenadier and 3rd Panzergrenadier Division make a half-hearted attack against the ridge but it doesn't succeed. The Elsenborn Ridge will not fall. Working north, the 277th and 326th Volksgrenadier Divisions are in a staring contest with the 9th Infantry Division.

Heading back south, the 101st Airborne Division with the remnants of CCB/10th Armored is penned in by the 26th Volksgrenadier Division with 2nd Panzer Division and Lehr Division (of the XLVII Panzer Corps - OR, as anyone paying attention to my prior post, XXXXVII Corps) working around Bastogne with the former headed up long route N4. It outflanks the 84th Division and one Kampfgruppe runs out of gas at Celles. Lehr takes the southern route to St. Hubert then up to Rochefort.

Defending the German southern flank (7th Army) from west to east is the 5th Fallschirmjager Division which is about to face off against the 4th Armored Division. The Fuhrer Grenadier Brigade has just arrived (with the 506th Tiger Bn having just come from St. Vith) to cover the gap between the 5th FJ and the 352nd Volksgrenadier Division. The 352nd is holding Ettelbruck and Diekirch and sending two regiments west. These regiments run into the oncoming 80th Infantry and will be decimated. Finally the 276th and 212th Volksgrenadier Divisions hold the extreme left flank. Coming in as reinforcements is the 79th Volksgrenadier Division.

The Americans in the southern corner (VIII Corps) are recovering from the initial blows are are planning a counterattack to coincide with the III Corps attack north. The 10th Armored Division (minus CCB) along with the 28th Division's 109th Infantry Regiment (only two battalions remaining), and CCA/9th Armored Division comprise this attack force. The 4th Infantry Division holds strong on the fringe.

Off by itself recuperating around Libramont (look southwest) is the 110th Infantry Regiment of the 28th Division, survivors of Clervaux with fresh replacements.

Due in as reinforcements from the north is the 2nd Armored Division and the inexperienced 75th Infantry Division. From the south, Patton's 3rd Army sends his III Corps with the 4th Armored, 26th and 80th Infantry Divisions. The 5th Infantry Division shores up the 4th Infantry Division's back.
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Nadir Elfarra
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Thanks for this, Carl. What's the map footprint in terms of table space?
 
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Nadir_E wrote:
Thanks for this, Carl. What's the map footprint in terms of table space?


The four 34" x 22" maps are configured in the 2x2 format lengthwise is physically just shy of 68" x 44" (remember the slight map overlaps). It basically fits on a 6' x 4'.

Remember that there's a lot of one and two map scenarios, but obviously the whole four map campaign scenarios are the key.
 
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