Prologue.To help with anyone trying to find a specific Scenario here's a quick content list which I'll endeavour to update!
Poland South - Page 1
Warsaw - Page 1
Norway North - Page 1
Belgium - Page 2
Dunkirk - Page 2
Dijon - Page 3
Libya - Page 4
Battleaxe - Page 4
Crusader - Page 5
Gazala - Page 6
Egypt - Page 7
Levant - Page 8
Middle East - Page 8 (Ongoing)
August 20th 1939.
Generalmajor Pferdmann was still groggy having only recently woken from his sleep. His head was still awash with vivid memories of last night's dream. He had been in command of an elite corps of the German Heer. Battle after battle had seen him lead his men through most of Europe, defeating all who opposed him until eventually he found himself on the shores of the United States. A snort escaped his lips. As if the war would ever take him there!
Pferdmann washed and dressed, he had briefings with his commanding officer Generalleutnant Rudolf Schmidt. The 1st Panzer Division had moved to the Polish border only several days ago, Pferdmann knew that shortly he would be leading his 1st Panzer Brigade forward as the Divisions spearhead and today the Regimental and Battalion Commanders were to be briefed on the current situation.
August 28th 1939.
The last few days had been frantic. Equipment checked and serviced. Supplies organised and men prepared.
Nothing had prepared Pferdmann for this morning's news. Rudolf Schmidt had not woken from his sleep.
General der Kavallerie Erich Hopner had been sent word immediately after the discovery of Schmidt’s lifeless body. The reply filled Pferdmann with fear and anxiety in equal measure.
“No time to assign a replacement. Generalmajor Pferdmann to assume command of 1.Panzer Division, effective immediately. Await my further instruction”
August 30th 1939.
It was late afternoon and Pfermann had just conducted a review of his new command.
1.Abt (Wehr infantry)
2.Abt (Wehr ingantry)
4.Aufklärungs Abt (SdKfz 231)
37.Panzerjäger Abt (3.7cm Pak 36)
1.Abt (10.5cm LeFH 18)
2.Abt (10.5cm LeFH 18)
3.Abt (7.5cm FK 16 nA)
12.Flak Abt (Sdkfz 10/4)
13.Flak Abt (3.7cm Flak 37)
There was also a sizable Luftwaffe presence which had been delegated to Schmidt's control for the foreseeable future. Including a mix of fighters and bombers.
Pferdmann had every confidence in his Officers. Three in particular gave him cause to smile.
Oberst Markus Fischer holds command of 1.Panzer Regiment. He would personally accompany Abteilung 1 of the Regiment. He was known to be a strict disciplinarian and would keep his men firing for maximum effect.
Major Hans Krüger holds command of Abteilung 1 of the 1st Panzer Regiment. He was unextraordinary. But he did have an Uncle in the highest echelons of command (which explains how he gained a Battalion command). The Uncle however would prove useful in swaying others to provide us with what we need.
Obersleutnant Werner Meier holds command of The Divisions Panzerjäger Abteilung. In exercises it never failed to amaze Pferdmann how close he had to get to Meier’s Anti Tank guns before he’d see them - a useful skill.
September 1st 1939. 04:00
Pferdmann was roused from his bunk with some urgency. A staff officer was here with urgent orders from General Hopner. He knew what this meant, in a matter of hours we would be at war……..
So this will be my second play through of the campaign. Through 1939&1940 I'll be doing the opposite scenarios to the ones I played through first time so I've never played them before. I'm then going to North Africa as I did Russia last time. I've not decided if I'll go historical or not once that choice comes up (I may not have a choice as I'm not the best at farming prestige)
Difficulty - Generalissimus.
Random - 100%
3 take backs per turn, move only (only to be used for misclicks)
Positive traits - Panzer General, master of Blitzkrieg, deadly grasp, killer team and AA veterans.
Negative traits - No overstrength, denied airforce and inefficient supply.
Denied airforce was chosen as I tend to overly rely on my airforce and then really struggle when the weather turns bad! So I thought what better way of learning to play without one......
Edit: Forget to mention that telling a story will be more important than getting great results on every mission (although I will still be trying to win!)One of the limitations will be that I will not move Heroes around unless it fits the story.