Near Elst in The Netherlands, 23 September 1944
During Operation Market Garden, XXX Corps drive made it as far as Elst in it's drive to Arnhem. This battle represent the battle along the "Island" highway between Lent and Arnhem, where the Guards Armored Division was stopped by Kampfgruppe Knaust at Elst on September 22nd. Kampfgruppe Knaust had been deployed against the 1st Airborne at the northern end of the Arnhem road bridge and was made up of 4 infantry companies and a mix of Panzer III and IV tanks. When the bridge had been cleared of British paratroopers the Kampfgruppe was sent south to join the blocking line at Elst. Having lost three Panzers and an unknown number of casulties the Kampfgruppe was reinforced with Panter and Tiger tanks and possibly some additional infantry.
Key features are:
- 4 x 4 Table
- Elevated road from one end of the table to the other side
Map made with AutoREALM
British Player (Attacking)
Clear the road of German units.
Elements of the 32nd Guards Brigade
1 PIAT (assign to a platoon)
1 2-inch Mortar
1 FO (3-inch Mortar OT)
3 Rifle Squads
1 Sherman I
2 Sherman IIA
1 M10 Achilles
Deploys first between the south edge of the board and line A-A.
German Player (Defending)
Maintain the roadblock along the highway and disrupt the Allied advance.
1 Reduced Strength Company
1 FO (81mm Mortar OT)
2 Rifle Squads (1 with Panzerfausts)
1 StuG IV
1 Panzer IV
Deploys second, north of line A-A.
Terrain (A) and Casualty (AD) objectives.
The British get victory points as follows:
- +1 for each German Rifle squad, CC, or HMG killed
- +2 for each German Vehicle killed
- -1 for each British Rifle squad, CC or HMG killed
- -2 for each British Vehicle killed
- -1 for each German stand with LOS to the road
|Major British Victory:||≥ 3|
|Minor British Victory:||1 to 2|
|Minor German Victory:||-1 to -2|
|Major German Victory:||≤ -3|
Scenario Special Rules
The elevated dike road consists of two contour lines which block LOS crossing both. An exception is the two-story buildings which can see across the dike to the other side. Units on top of the dike road can see over fields and hedges as if they were on a hill but do not get any cover unless they are able to get into a hull down position. The contours also act like a linear obstacle except where a dirt road crosses the dike.
The scenario was played on March 14, 2009.
I gave the Brits a seperate PIAT team to give them an additional stand. In contrast, the Germans have a regular rifle squad with additional AT capability.
The following vehicles are used in the scenario. Players are free to substitute a Panzer III and StuG III in place of the Mk IVs. You could also substitute a Sherman Firefly for 2 Shermans.
|Panzer IV F2||3/2||+0||+0||4/2||-||4||Y||2||+3||12.5|