AAR by: Neal Ulen & Scott Rowland
Advanced Squad Leader AAR – Merzenhausen Zoo (J19)
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Here’s the historical situation:
Date: November 22, 1944
Location: Merzenhausen, Germany
Attacker: American / British (1/66 Armored, 1/119th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division and Squadron B, Fife and Forfar Yeomanry)
Defender: German (Volksgrenadier Division 246, SchweweAbteilung 506, and LXXXI Corps)
After six days of fighting, XIX Corps believed they were ready for a quick push to the Roer. Merzenhausen was the key to the enemy’s defenses west of the Roer River. The 246th Volksgrenadier Division was undergoing a relief in place. TF 1/66 with Crocs attacked before the relief occurred and ran into elements of the 246th Volksgrenadier Division and LXXXI Corps.
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This is a great scenario. Lots of heavy hitting, late war weapons. Cold Crocodiles gets a lot of attention because of Crocs, but this one is just as good with its 3 Crocs rumbling around the battlefield. but they are mighty slow and require support to make it into close range.
I enjoyed this scenario because there’s a lot going on. Scenarios like this feel more “open” to me, with more options. Small scenarios feel constrictive to me, if that makes sense. But yeah, lots of big weapons and firepower in this scenario. Maybe Scott didn’t think so, but I thought it was a fun one.
epic scenario! I’ve played it a few times and it’s an acation packed slug fest every time. Your playing was one sided because the germans went crazy taking out american tanks early. americans need that armor support to push.