Sunday, May 8, 2016

Grumble Jones May Scenario GJ032 - Uhlig's Assault

Remember to open link in a new window to maximize the view. The PDF for this scenario can be downloaded from the The ASL Scenario Archive. (simply search on Grumble Jones or Uhlig's Assault)
And always remember, these scenarios are presented for fun only and as a thank you to the readers of my blog.

Design note - this scenario was inspired by an article in the February 2000 issue of World War II. The article, Tough Time for the 'Tough Hombres' by Brig. Gen. Raymond E. Bell, Jr., U.S. Army (ret.) is an outstanding article that details the fight for Seves Island between the German 6th Parachute Division and the US 90th Infantry Division. This article can be found on-line and is well worth the read.

On a personal note, the father of a good friend from NE Tennessee served with the 90th Division and was active in this particular engagement. In discussions with my friend, he indicated that his father, like so many World War II veterans never spoke of his experiences. He passed away several years ago and sadly his experiences are lost to history. So if you know any World War II veterans, be sure to thank them for their service and encourage them to share their experiences. We are losing thousands of World War II veterans every documenting their accounts and experiences is so very important.

This scenario is designed to place the US player in the difficult position of trying to hang onto a bridgehead in nearly open ground with concerted enemy counter-attacks. 

While this engagement was a bad one for the US 90th Infantry Division, it could have been worse, had it not been for the rare instance of battlefield chivalry shown to the Americans by German commander, Major Freiherr von der Heydte.Von der Heydte allowed a battlefield truce to remove the wounded and later met with captured American officers and shared tea with them. This act of chivalry was reported in American newspapers, but went unknown in Germany.

Here's hoping this scenario captures the spirit of this engagement between two solid combat units.

1 comment:

  1. Some errata...Uhlig's men setup East of Row W. Also changed the Die Roll for when the US relief force comes on. The relief force is not historical, but part of the balance for the scenario that adds another opportunity for the Americans to win the scenario. The roll mechanic was updated and is kept secret until the turn of entry.

    My apologies for the formatting error and late updates.