AAR by: Neal Ulen & Scott Rowland
Advanced Squad Leader AAR: ANZAC Boys (AP161)
Here’s the historical situation:
Date: May 27, 1941
Location: Chania, Crete
Attacker: German (Bataillon I, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 141, Gebirgs-Division 5)
Defender: ANZAC (28th (Maori) Battalion, 5th Brigade and 2/7th Battalion, 19th Brigade)
During the first part of 1941, Allied forces had been defeated in Greece and many had retreated to Crete. In their haste, the allies had been forced to leave much of their heavy equipment behind, leaving them lightly armed for the inevitable German assault. On the night of 20 May, the Germans unleashed their ambitious plan, Operation Merkur, attacking Crete from the air with paratroopers and gliders. Concentrating on four locations, the Germans were largely rebuffed. However, at Maleme the Axis managed to take control of a vital airfield and began to fly in much needed reinforcements. Commonwealth soldiers retreated to the southern part of Crete and the town of Chania became a key position for the men assigned to fight the rearguard action.
For this scenario we dive into Action Pack #16 (From the Land Down Under), and play ANZAC Boys (AP161), a scenario where the Commonwealth ANZACs try to repulse the invading Germans on the island of Crete during Operation Merkur (Mercury). Chania is the main city on the island, and this scenario takes place primarily in the thick olive groves that surrounded the city at the time.
This scenario takes place about a week after the invasion.
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