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Tanks!
Afrika Korps #21
(Attacker) Germany
(Attacker) Italy
vs Australia (Defender)
Britain (Defender)
Formations Involved
Australia 2/17th Infantry Battalion
Britain 1st Royal Tank Regiment
Germany 5th Light Panzer Division
Italy 32º Reggimento Corazzato
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Balance:



Overall balance chart for AfKo021
Total
Side 1 1
Draw 5
Side 2 11
Overall Rating, 16 votes
5
4
3
2
1
3.44
Scenario Rank: 286 of 609
Parent Game Afrika Korps
Historicity Historical
Date 1941-04-11
Start Time 16:15
Turn Count 10
Visibility Day
Counters 47
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 1: AK1
Layout Dimensions 88 x 58 cm
35 x 23 in
Play Bounty 88
AAR Bounty 136
Total Plays 17
Total AARs 5
Battle Types
Rural Assault
Conditions
Anti-tank Ditches
Entrenchments
Off-board Artillery
Reinforcements
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Afrika Korps maps + counters
Introduction

Reports of German and Italian infantry and tanks approaching the perimeter made clear that Tobruk and the Australian and British units within had been surrounded. At Post R33, 1 1/2 miles to the West of the El Adem road, an infantry-tank attack developed against the positions of the Australian 2/17th Infantry Battalion.

Conclusion

Artillery fire forced the German infantry to ground, but did not prevent the German and Italian tanks from approaching and firing on the Australian posts. The tanks moved on and eventually engaged several cruiser tanks of 1st Royal Tank Regiment. After each side suffered light casualties, the fight ended as darkness fell. The German infantry lay in the open all night.


Display Relevant AFV Rules

AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).
  • AFV's are activated by tank leaders (3.2, 3.3, 5.42, 6.8). They may also be activated as part of an initial activating stack, but if activated in this way would need a tank leader in order to carry out combat movement.
  • AFV's do not block Direct Fire (10.1).
  • Full-strength AFV's with "armor efficiency" may make two anti-tank (AT) fire attacks per turn (either in their action segment or during opportunity fire) if they have AT fire values of 0 or more (11.2).
  • Each unit with an AT fire value of 2 or more may fire at targets at a distance of between 100% and 150% of its printed AT range. It does so at half its AT fire value. (11.3)
  • Efficient and non-efficient AFV's may conduct two opportunity fires per turn if using direct fire (7.44, 7.64). Units with both Direct and AT Fire values may use either type of fire in the same turn as their opportunity fire, but not both (7.22, 13.0). Units which can take opportunity fire twice per turn do not have to target the same unit both times (13.0).
  • Demoralized AFV's are not required to flee from units that do not have AT fire values (14.3).
  • Place a Wreck marker when an AFV is eliminated in a bridge or town hex (16.3).
  • AFV's do not benefit from Entrenchments (16.42).
  • AFV's may Dig In (16.2).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables. Do not take step losses from Direct or Bombardment Fire. If X or #X result on Fire Table, make M morale check instead (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Provide the +1 modifier on the Assault Table when combined with infantry. (Modifier only applies to Germans in all scenarios; Soviet Guards in scenarios taking place after 1942; Polish, US and Commonwealth in scenarios taking place after 1943.) (ACC)
  • Tank: all are closed-top and provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable

Display Order of Battle

Australia Order of Battle
Army
Britain Order of Battle
Army
  • Mechanized
Germany Order of Battle
Heer
  • Mechanized
Italy Order of Battle
Regio Esercito
  • Mechanized

Display Errata (6)

6 Errata Items
Scen 21

Replace "2603" with "2403" in the setup.

(campsawyer on 2010 Apr 29)
Overall balance chart for 20

The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
Overall balance chart for 486

The Pz IVe appearing in the original Panzer Grenadier game had an Anti tank value of 4-7. As of Afrika Korps (2002), continuing onward through the 3rd and 4th edition games, the anti tank value has been 4-4.

(plloyd1010 on 2016 Jul 25)
Overall balance chart for 63

The morale and combat modifiers of German Sergeant #1614 should be "0", not "8".

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
Overall balance chart for 101

The L3/35 with ID# 1505 has the incorrect movement factor printed on it. The movement factor should be 7, not 8.

(plloyd1010 on 2014 Nov 24)
Overall balance chart for 104

Four counters (ID#s: 1502 to 1506) have the incorrect NATO symbol (infantry in lieu of armor).

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)

Display AARs (5)

Tanks? But Ran Away
Author Retiredgrunt17
Method Solo
Victor Draw
Play Date 2018-02-01
Language English
Scenario AfKo021

The Australians were entrenched in a good position behind an AT ditch. The problem was, German tanks got through in two places, creating a huge problem for the Australians. They had done well I opfire on the advancing German infantry though, and proved extraordinarily resilient in assault combat. The Germans quickly lost 3 steps of infAntry and the attack stalled. British armor finally made it on in turn 6. They got a step loss on the Pzr IIs, before all armor withdrew on turn 8. The Germans controlled two entrenchments, but lost 6 steps, draw.

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Très tendu jusqu'au dernier tour
Author Ifig
Method Solo
Victor Germany, Italy
Play Date 2007-03-26
Language English
Scenario AfKo021

J’avais envie de voir apparaître l’Afrika Korps. Sur un tout petit périmètre, les allemands avec pas mal de chars attaquent les fortifications de Tobrouk. Pour tester les défenses, semble-t-il. Eh bien, victoire pour l’Afrika Korps, au dernier tour, après pas mal de péripéties. Par exemple, des chars anglais arrivent en renfort à un moment, et sont éliminés en un tour : les chars allemands et italiens arrivent à faire trois onze de suite en une activation ! Puis, un tour avant la fin, les chars allemands doivent se retirer suite à une règle spéciale du scénario. La victoire se joue au dernier tour : il reste une demi-section d’infanterie australienne, démoralisée, dans un entrenchment. Le dernier assaut allemand l’élimine et permet de remporter la victoire in extremis. Scénario tendu, sur un petit périmètre : comment mener une attaque coordonnée blindés-infanterie. Je ne pense pas faire Babini, il faut deux cartes, j’ai pas la place...

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Tough Nut to Crack
Author thomaso827
Method Solo
Victor Australia, Britain
Play Date 2014-05-23
Language English
Scenario AfKo021

Some lunch time gaming with another fairly short scenario. The first few turns gave me the feeling it was going to be a pushover for the Germans and Italians. Immediately on turn 1, following the Australian artillery, the dice roll for their continued support came up a 12 for one of the 3 batteries, so I knew I would have no more than 2 the rest of the game. When I could roll for British armor to enter, again die rolls failed. Oh, but what that artillery that I did have could do. At least once, anyway, firing at the location of the German Major and a mortar. The major felt no ill effect, but the mortar element got a 1X result. First German step loss and loss of what little arty support the German side had. As German units felt their way forward into the AT ditch line, the two central hexes turned out to be completely clear of obstruction. German elements attempted to assault 3 of the entrenchments but lost 3 more steps in the 3 assaults and ended up with demoralized or disrupted leaders as well. At the end of turn 4, the Germans had lost a total of 6 steps of infantry and that initial mortar platoon, and while the German and Italian armor were moving closer to the British entrenchments, my read of the victory condition was that even if I could dislodge 2 of the entrenchments, I could no longer win as the German, and I was due for a roll allowing the British armor to enter the game, so I ended the game and gave the victory to the Australians for holding out so valiantly. Great scenario for learning and for trying different approaches for infantry to attack in the open in these desert scenarios.

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Afrika Korps, Scenario #21, Tanks!
Author JayTownsend
Method Solo
Victor Australia, Britain
Play Date 2010-01-01
Language English
Scenario AfKo021

I played AK 21 -Tanks this summer, it was one of the first scenarios I played from AK! The Australian came away with the victory! My German INF couldn't take one entrenchment to fill the victory conditions. They kept getting disrupted and I had bad dice throws but also the ten-turn thing was a factor for me as well. Maybe I choose the wrong area to attack or break through or may it was my inexperience? I did wipe out the British armor, off the face of the map with the German & Italian armor! That might have been my problem; I wasted too much axis armor resources in anticipation of the British armor, which really doesn't count toward victory points. Next time I play, I'll concentrate all my resources on taking the entrenchments and may save only one axis armor unit to counter their- Allied armor.

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Tanks! Well Maybe
Author Blackcloud6
Method Solo
Victor Australia, Britain
Play Date 2010-06-12
Language English
Scenario AfKo021

The Axis forces assaulted on their right flank trying to break the first entrenchment near the board edge. It looked good at first as they were able to disrupt the units in that entrenchment on the first turn and got a few infantry next to it for a next turn assault. But the Aussie artillery played havoc with the Axis infantry all game as well as the cross fire form the Aussie infantry and HMGs. The assault on this first position never went anywhere as the Aussies kept recovering morale. The German infantry got close to the next entrenchment just to the left but made little progress on it either. Things looked good as the German and Italian tanks moved up into firing positions but the Australians were defiant knowing the were behind the AT ditch. The Axis bad luck continued with FOW rolls ending turns 4 &5 early before the tanks could have effect and then they withdrew on turn 6! The German infantry did skirt around the Aussies' left flank and reached the rear most entrenchment. There was a furious fight there and the Australians took casualties there but held the positions.

In the end the Axis lost three steps of infantry and Lieutenant. The Australians lost a step of infantry. It was light casualties just like the historical description. A fun a quick scenario but somewhat dicey.

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