On December 23, at 5:25 pm, after a violent preparation of artillery on Marvie, due mainly to tank guns, which lasts ten
minutes, an attack of infantry and tanks takes place towards the locality. An American platoon projecting, without support of
anti-tank guns, is surrounded and destroyed. The Germans then progress on Marvie and seize homes on the southern edge. Street
fighting commits and lasts until dawn. Tanks can not advance in narrow streets clogged with debris from American vehicles; two
US tanks came in reinforcement.
Further west, there is also a German penetration, but the attackers do not realize that there is a breakthrough, and shortly
after midnight reinforcements restore the situation. However, the enemy remains on the southern edge of Marvie. To the west of
Bastogne, at nightfall, the Americans abandon the Flamierge salient under the pressure of the enemy and retreat to the heights
east of Mande-Saint-Etienne. In the afternoon, 241 aircrafts drop off the garrison 150 tons of supplies of which only 5% are
lost. On December 24, air refueling continues and 100 tons are dumped.
As the thrust of the 4th Armored Division of the 3rd Army, towards Bastogne is felt, the German Command decides to hasten the
capture of the city. The 26. Volksgrenadier Division and the 15. Panzergrenadier Division who have just arrived on the sector
will make a new attack; 5. Fallschirmjäger Division will ensure the freedom of action of the operation by block facing south.
The decisive operation will run on Christmas Day. On December 25, 1944, the German Command attacked west of Bastogne because he
felt that the terrain was more favorable to tanks and that Americans expected less action on this side; the operation will be
carried out at night, for fear of air superiority. Still due to the approach of the 3th Army, the attack will begin before the
entire 15. Panzergrenadier Division is hard at work.
Americans are everywhere on guard. The parachuting of supplies has increased the confidence of the troops, who no longer feel
totally isolated. The artillery whose ammunition was nearing completion is replenished and the old artilleryman, McAuliffe, is
convinced that as long as the cannons have projectiles, Bastogne will hold.
Each online regiment has a 105mm battalion short in support. McAuliffe operates as a general fire reserve, the 105mm battalion
of Combat Command B and 20 155mm howitzers from the two VIIIth Corps artillery battalions that he was able to recover. At 2:45
am, begins an artillery preparation on the front of the 502nd and 327th regiments; at 03:30, starts the attack on Fields. The
three companies A, B and C of the 1st Battalion of the 502nd are arranged in depth.
The 15. Panzergrenadier Division hires two battalions who enter Fields where a violent street fight begins; a breach is also
created at the limit of the 1st and 2nd battalions of the 502nd. The commander of the 2nd Battalion bends his left end.
The commander of the 1st battalion carried his company B to the road block south of Champs, but he does not want to engage this
unit in Champs before the day is up, because it is impossible to distinguish the two adversaries; on the other hand, he has a
very clear sensation that a blow will be fired in another direction; therefore he will not engage his whole world prematurely.
He nevertheless sent a platoon to the welding of the 1st and 2nd battalions. In Champs, the company A, helped by two Tank
At 07:10, after a brief preparation of artillery concentrated in this sector, a tank-infantry group of the 15. Panzergrenadier
attacked the 3rd battalion of the 327th Glider; 18 Mark IV, infested with infantrymen, force on a narrow front the perimeter
north-east of Mande-Saint-Etienne; they submerge the cordon by cannon fire, machine guns and rifles, tanks and mounted
infantry. Although the 327th is fixed on all the rest of the front by the enemy activity, the perimeter closes in the back of
the armored force which pierced it.
Faced with this threat on his flank and his rear, the commander of the 1st battalion of the 502nd warned his companies B and C;
the gap between these two units is filled by a detachment hastily made up of everything on hand, including the cooks and
typists of the 502nd staff at Rolle Castle (Stone Detachment).
The German tanks, after having pierced the lines of the 327th, divide themselves into two groups; 7 tanks pushed in the
direction of Rolle, towards Hemroulle. The 7 tanks of the first group, each mounted by 15 to 20 infantry, destroy the two Tank
Destroyers which are to the west of the company C and go towards this one by submitting it to the fire of the tanks and the
fusiliers, of which the shot is imprecise in the fog; the company retreats to a recognized position under the trees, at the
edge of the woods. Behind this position, two Tank Destroyers are hidden.
At very short range, rifles, bazookas, cannons of Tank Destroyers, open fire on the tanks; affected infantrymen fall from their
vehicles; 4 of the 7 tanks are destroyed. Their leader directs the others towards the north to take Fields backwards; one of
them wanders towards Hemroulle where he will be captured intact; the sixth is knocked out by Stone; there will be only one left
to reach Champs where he will be an easy prey for the company A.
The other group of 11 tanks is not happier. It is first subjected to the fires of the Tank Destroyers in support of the 327th
companies and bazookas defenders of the perimeter; then he comes up against the barrage of the artillery battalion in support
of the 327th; 2 of these tanks are stopped at a distance of 500 meters from a battery and their crews go to the gunners who
rush to pick them. Under such an avalanche of multiple fires, the 11 tanks will also be lost.
At 09 00, not one of the 18 Mark IV who had crossed the perimeter had escaped his fate; not one of the team men or infantry,
will avoid death or capture. At 15:00, Champs is cleaned, the perimeter restored, its occupation changed. The team Cherry of the
mobile reserve, sent as early as 08:00 by McAuliffe to Hemroulle, then to Rolle, did not have to intervene. The only
penetration within the McAuliffe perimeter thus ends with the total destruction of the attackers.
McAuliffe did not let himself be influenced by the extent of his perimeter and kept himself from getting his whole world online.
He had neither minefield nor airfield, but the deep staggering of the defense, the mobile reserve, the infantry-artillery
cooperation, allowed him to be constantly on guard.
German (XLVII Panzer Korps...) -->[ American (101st Airborne...)
Best played only German SIDE(AI does not know well how to maneuver the German Units) / with LOS: 6 Hexes*day-3 hexes*night /
with RULE: Nuts / with MOD: Yours / etc.
Campaign Length: 20 Game Turns
Victory objective: The side with the required Victory Points is the winner. Both sides gets VPs for owning VP Objectives.
Scenario designer : Genius'Men [ World Of Tanks - ASL Scenarios - Close Combat Wacht Am Rhein ]