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Mixed Bag
Black SS #16
(Attacker) Germany vs United States (Defender)
Formations Involved
Germany 2nd SS "Das Reich" Division
United States 120th "Third North Carolina" Infantry Regiment
United States 30th "Old Hickory" Infantry Division
United States 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion
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Balance:



Overall balance chart for BlSS016
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Side 1 1
Draw 0
Side 2 0
Overall Rating, 1 vote
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Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Black SS
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-08-07
Start Time 00:00
Turn Count 24
Visibility Day
Counters 200
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 1
Maps 3: 22, 24, 25
Layout Dimensions 84 x 43 cm
33 x 17 in
Play Bounty 171
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
Hill Control
Kill Them All
Urban Assault
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Beyond Normandy counters
Black SS book
Elsenborn Ridge maps + counters
Introduction

The recent American advance had rendered Operation Luttich obsolete before it began, setting the German corps and army commanders to arguing with each other for several hours. To add to the confusion, the late arriving 1st SS Lifeguard Division had highway priority and delayed the assembled 2nd SS Reich Division several hours in launching its own attack.

Conclusion

The day was a mixed bag for both combatants. The Germans took Mortain but not the high ground east of the town, so with Americans in their rear they couldn't advance any farther. but those Americans were surrounded and low on supplies, so the situation remained in doubt. The Germans reached but failed to occupy Hill 285 just to the northeast of Mortain, but the evening a flight of British Typhoons mistook the American holdouts there for Germans and attacked them. To the south of Mortain the Germans were stopped late in the day, but not before abusing an artillery battalion's motor park.

Additional Notes

Playable without using the black SS counters.


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).
  • Open-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables, but DO take step losses from X and #X results (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT). If a "2X" or "3X" result is rolled, at least one of the step losses must be taken by an open-top AFV if present.
  • 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
  • Assault Gun: if closed-top, provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable
  • APC – Armored Personnel Carrier: These are Combat Units, but stack like Transports. They can transport personnel units or towed units. They are not counted as combat units for the +1 stacking modifier on the Direct Fire and Bombardment Tables (4.4). They may be activated by regular leaders and tank leaders (1.2, 3.34, 4.3, 5.43). They do not provide the +1 Assault bonus (ACC).
  • Armored Cars: These are Combat Units. They are motorized instead of mechanized. All have their own armored car leaders, who can only activate armored cars (6.85). Do not provide the +1 Assault bonus (ACC).
  • Reconnaissance Vehicle: 8.23 Special Spotting Powers Both foot and vehicle mounted recce units (1.2) possess two special spotting abilities. The first ability is that they can spot enemy in limiting terrain at one hex further than the TEC specifies for other units and leaders. For example, an enemy unit in town can normally be spotted at three hexes or less, but a recce unit can spot them at four hexes.Their second ability is that they can place a Spotted marker on any one enemy unit they can spot per turn, just as if the enemy unit had "blown its cover" by firing. Such Spotted markers are removed as described earlier.
  • Prime Movers: Transports which only transport towed units and/or leaders (May not carry personnel units). May or may not be armored (armored models are open-top). All are mechanized. (SB)

Display Order of Battle

Germany Order of Battle
Heer
  • Mechanized
Schutzstaffel
  • Towed
United States Order of Battle
Army
  • Mechanized
  • Motorized

Display Errata (5)

5 Errata Items
Overall balance chart for 47

All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
Overall balance chart for 424

The reduced direct fire value of the SS HMG is 5-5 in Beyond Normandy and Road to Berlin.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
Overall balance chart for 408

The Units in Beyond Normandy were misprinted with a movement factor of 5. The movement factor should be 8.

(rerathbun on 2012 Mar 21)
Overall balance chart for 408

Liberation 1944's counters are mislabeled 'PzIVF2.' The counter's ratings are correct (Armor 5, Move 8, DF 11-6, AT 6-8).

(rerathbun on 2014 Feb 14)
Overall balance chart for 445

Liberation 1944's StuG IV armor and movement ratings are misprinted. They should be Armor 5 and Movement 8.

(rerathbun on 2014 Feb 14)

Display AARs (1)

Mixed Bag, Good Results
Author Retiredgrunt17
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2018-02-05
Language English
Scenario BlSS016

The US set up around the north/south 40 mtr hills and in the center just to their rear, creating a kill sack for the advancing Germans. The SS however, saw the flanks as the weak point and attacked both. The northern hill was contained with 3 companies and armor support. The US right in the south was strong, but the Germans threw the weight of their attack against it. As it crumbled, the German armor took advantage. The US reinforced the right, but it couldn’t hold. As the flank folded, the German armor ran through the center and behind the US right, taking the town hexes and destroying the US arty. The US tried desperately to rush some AT guns back to the town, but they too were destroyed. German win.

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