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GENERAL BRIEFING FOR BOTH PLAYERSYesterday saw the hardest fighting (of the British offensive to relieve Tobruk) so far. The fighting was chaotic as formations of both sides clashed to their front and rear. Between Tobruk and Gabr Saleh, British 70th Division was trying to batter its way out of Tobruk (objective Ed Duda) in the face of ‘Bologna’ and 90th Light, the latter also fighting off probing attacks by 7th Armoured Brigade and 7th Support Group to its rear from Sidi Rezegh. In their turn, 7th Armoured Brigade and Support Group were facing both ways in an attempt to fend off a concerted attack by 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions coming out of the desert from the east. The Panzer divisions were unable to concentrate fully because they were simultaneously holding off 4th and 22nd Armoured Brigades, which had chased them from Gabr Saleh.
At the end of the day there was no doubt that DAK had come out on top, especially in terms of material. However, the British had shown a good deal of tenacity and, despite very heavy losses, maintained the very important strategic position at Sidi Rezegh.
BRITISH BRIEFING FOR:
(7th Support Group), officer commanding Sidi Rezegh, noon, 22nd November 1941 Campbell
At Sidi Rezegh, plans for linking up with 70th Division at Ed Duda have been suspended until 22nd Armoured Brigade and 5th South African Brigade reinforce the position from the south. Support Group and 7th Armoured Brigade have spent the morning reorganizing and consolidating their position on the commanding ridge (second escarpment) overlooking Trig Capuzzo and around the aerodrome. Both 7th Armoured Brigade and Support Group are not in the best shape. Yesterday’s losses cannot be made good. Brigadier Davy (7th Armoured Brigade), has reported he has 28 runners, several of which have been hit more than once - he started the operation with 168 tanks – and morale has been adversely affected. It is a comforting thought that the Germans withdrew their armour, northward down the escarpment and out of the battle area, this morning. The arrival of 22nd Armoured Brigade is not expected for some time; 5th South African Brigade has been ordered to hold the third escarpment.
Major General Gott (7th Armoured Division) has personally given orders that Sidi Rezegh must be held at all cost. It will be the jump off point for units battering their way to relieve Tobruk. Following the arrival of the reinforcements a northward advance on Ed Duda can be resumed.
BRITISH GAME NOTES AND VICTORY CONDITIONS
4th Field Regiment RHA begins the game off table. One or both batteries can be ordered forward to the battle area at any time. Once ordered forward the guns cannot be stopped and cannot shoot whilst in transit. The batteries will be in transit for two Artillery Action cards. The guns will arrive (making a normal move) from the south, at the aerodrome, on the appearance of a third Artillery Action card.
22nd Armoured Brigade will arrive as reinforcements on the appearance of the Stratagem 1 card from the start of turn 4. Its regiments will arrive (making a normal move) on the card’s appearance, along the British base line east of the third escarpment. There must be a 12” gap between regiments. Note: This deployment is the real reason for the inclusion of the third escarpment in the battle area.
To achieve a decisive victory: Hold the majority of high ground at the second escarpment (including A and one B) and the aerodrome buildings at C.
To achieve a crushing victory: Providing that the above requirement is met, at least four companies (any strength) of tanks or infantry must cross the German base line west of point D – they move onto Ed Duda.
GERMAN BRIEFING FOR:
Major General von Ravenstein, officer commanding 21st Panzer Division, noon, 22nd November 1941
At the end of the day there was no doubt that DAK had come out on top. However, the British had shown a good deal of tenacity and, despite heavy losses, maintained the important position at Sidi Rezegh.
This morning, following receipt of orders from DAK, 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions moved north to take up defensive positions below the second escarpment. 21st Panzer Division was ordered to concentrate at Belhamed ridge and be ready to counter-attack the expected resumption of the British advance on Tobruk.
General Rommel, in person, has recently arrived at Division Headquarters. He has personally given you new orders. You must undertake a two pronged attack to secure the second escarpment. He has ordered Group Knabe to make a frontal attack from the north supported by the heavy artillery of Group Bőttcher (408th Heavy Artillery). Meanwhile, Group Stephan will take a circuitous route via the by-pass road and attack the aerodrome from the west.
GAME NOTES AND VICTORY CONDITIONS
Group Stephan will arrive as reinforcements on the appearance of the Stratagem 2 card from the start of turn 3. Its composite units will arrive (making a double move) on the card’s appearance, directly west [flank baseline] of the aerodrome, with at least one battalion of 5th Panzer Regiment leading.
To achieve a decisive victory: 21st Panzer Division must secure the majority of high ground at the second escarpment (including A and one B) and the aerodrome buildings at C.
To achieve a crushing victory: Providing that the above requirement is met, 21st Panzer Division must effectively eliminate all British armour.
Note: In time, the British are expected to continue their attacks toward Ed Duda. The baseline west of point D is the exit point for such attacks.