From: Phoenix, AZ
Duck, here comes another one...
Babali Hani, Crete, May 28, 1941: First Norway, then France; then Greece and now Crete. Once again
British forces had suffered defeat and were in retreat, streaming towards the beaches at Sfalia and
evacuation by the Royal Navy. But the pursuing German mountain troops were pressing hard and had to
be checked. Already lead elements of the German 5th Mountain Division had overrun the weakened 2/8th
Australian Battalion. The commandos of Layforce were ordered to stop and act as a rearguard, even though
too lightly equipped to operate as regular infantry. Lt. Colonel Young of D Battalion, Layforce, decided to
make his stand where the only road over the White Mountains dividing Crete into north and south passed
through a narrow valley thickly covered with olive groves. And he had even promised armor support. But the
enemy arrived first.
Game Length: 11 turns
For the Germans to win they must capture the valley road through the White Mountains
For the British to win they must defend the valley road against the Germans
Germans: Squads, HMG, MMG, LMG's MTR's, ATR's, Radio
British: Squads, MMG, LMG's, AFV
Boards: #2, #9, #15
Aftermath: Despite the limitations of their equipment, the commandos put up stiff resistance. Under heavy
mortar fire, the British - and remnants of the 2/8th Australian co-opted by Young to guard his rear - withstood
several German probing attacks. Meanwhile, Lt. J.F.G. Terry in his surviving Matilda (the others having been
destroyed as they were abandoned en route to Hani) arrived in the valley and positioned himself on the road.
"Firing at everything that moved" on the slopes above. Towards evening, The Germans, frustrated at the delay,
at last, mounted an encircling swing on the left. The Australians, in the falling light, managed to hold off this
thrust long enough for the commandos to withdraw, then they too fell back in the darkness, passing through defensive
lines established by the 4th New Zealand Brigade. Although casualties among the Gebirgsjager had been heavy, the
commandos had lost but 15 men. The respite was only temporary, however, the next day, the weary Commonwealth
troops continued their retreat.
Source: ASL Scenario A43, Probing Layforce
***Here's the version with the .scn file. Thanks for the catch!***
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