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Beeck, Germany, November 30, 1944: With the Siegfried Line breached
and the Allies on German soil, the German High Command was desperately
trying to find enough troops to hold the line. The 10th SS Panzer Division,
"Frundsburg", had taken heavy losses in the Arnhem fighting and had been
pulled out of Holland for rest and reorganization. But the pressing demand
of the front took precedence, and their only rest was the week it took the
Americans to prepare the next assault. It fell on the Geilenkirchen area.
Beeck was one of the nearby villages, and several attempts to capture it had
failed. Finally, on November 29th, a company from the 84th Infantry Division
had managed to occupy the southwest edge of town. As it was dark and the
company was receiving a great deal of small arms fire, no attempt was made
to clear the rest of the town. On the morning of the 30th, Company B with 4
light tanks for support were to jump off from their toehold and take the western
half of the village. Company A would attack from the east.
Game Length: 10 turns
For the Americans to win they must secure the road through the western part of town
For the Germans to win they must defend the road
Americans: Squads, HMG, MMG's, BAZ44's
Germans: Squads, MMG's, LMG's, PSK's, DC, AFV's
Boards: #10, #18, #21
Aftermath: The SS had all night to deploy machine guns and snipers to fend off
the anticipated assault. Company B's progress was slow. Meanwhile, heavy
concentrations of artillery and mortar fire kept Company A outside of the town
the whole day. Company B had advanced 250 yards by noon, then halted to regroup.
Suddenly 2 Panthers drove into town on the road from Wurm. The first knocked out
a light tank, but was then damaged by bazooka fire and withdrew. The second moved
up with 15-20 supporting SS troopers. Another light tank was hit, but the Panther
was disabled and the infantry was driven back. This broke the back of the German
resistance, and when the Company finally resumed its advance, only light resistance
was encountered. By 1800 Hrs, the G.I.'s had dug in on the high ground outside Beeck.
Company A finally filtered into town after dark, and a calvary troop reinforced the
group the following day. Beeck was firmly held.
Source: On All Fronts, Biting Beeck, designed by V. Lewonski, June 1994 issue