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La Campagne de Tunisie #10
(Attacker) Germany vs Britain (Defender)
France (Defender)
Morocco (Defender)
United States (Defender)
Formations Involved
France 9e Regiment de Tirailleurs Algeriens
France Groupement Lagarde

Overall balance chart for LCDT010
Side 1 0
Draw 0
Side 2 1
Overall Rating, 1 vote
Scenario Rank: --- of 588
Parent Game La Campagne de Tunisie
Historicity Historical
Date 1943-01-20
Start Time 16:00
Turn Count 16
Visibility Day & Night
Counters 50
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 2
Maps 2: 89, 91
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 161
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
Kill Them All
Road Control
Off-board Artillery
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
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The situation on 20 January caused General Dwight Eisenhower's advance command post to arrange for coordinated resistance by French, American and British ground units and Allied air forces. British First Army elements would move toward the Rebaa Oulad Yahia valley to cut off and block the enemy's advance there, while Combat Command B, U.S. 1st Armored Division, was assigned to XIX Corps for commitment in the Ousseltia valley. By the next morning, the force was assembled about five miles southwest of Ousseltia and engaged in active reconnaissance.


The US tankers had been attached to the French at the beginning of the campaign. They got neither mail nor orders; they drew neither pay nor supplies and ate French food. They had seen lots of action and every fourth man in the little company had been decorated by the French government. On the Ousseltia valley, the Americans had a little Arab village to hide in, but the German tanks were all around them and could sit out of range and blow up the village, house by house.

By midnight, 20-21 January, Lüder overran the three lightly-held Allied roadblocks on the roads leading into Ousseltia village, and reached the Ousseltia-Kairouan road about four miles northwest of the Kairouan pass. During the night only one battalion of the 756th Mountain Regiment, using trucks borrowed from other units, was able to to reinforce Lüder. He proceeded to destroy the French units, cut off on the ridge to the north of Djebel Bou Cabouss, assisted by Italian elements attacking from east of the pass.

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
  • Anti-Aircraft Weapon Carrier: apply a -1 modifier to an air attack if within three hexes of the targeted hex (15.14).
  • Anti-Tank Gun Carrier: half-track with anti-tank gun, NOT a Tank Destroyer
  • 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).
  • Unarmored Weapon Carriers: These are unarmored halftracks (Bufla and Sk7/2) or fully-tracked vehicles (Karl siege mortar) with mounted weapons. All are mechanized, except the BM-13 (Katyusha rocket launcher mounted on a truck). They are weapon units, not AFV's, so they are never efficient and cannot be activated by tank leaders. (SB)

Display Order of Battle

Britain Order of Battle
  • Leader
  • Towed
France Order of Battle
Armée de Terre
  • Motorized
Germany Order of Battle
  • Motorized
Morocco Order of Battle
Moroccan Ground Forces
  • Foot
United States Order of Battle
  • Mechanized

Display Errata (4)

4 Errata Items
Overall balance chart for 623

In 1940: Fall of France, the units show Direct Fire. All units are Indirect Fire.

(rerathbun on 2015 Jun 06)
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The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
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All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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Liberation 1944's Tiger movement and armor ratings are backwards. They should be Armor 7 and Movement 5.

(petermc on 2014 Feb 14)

Display AARs (1)

Night Moves
Author Schoenwulf
Method Solo
Victor United States, Britain, France, Morocco
Play Date 2016-09-18
Language English
Scenario LCDT010

After holding the crossroads on the previous day, elements of Groupement Lagarde were reinforced and grouped with a multinational force consisting of US armor, British artillery and troops from the 9e Régiment de Tirailleurs Algériens. Late on the day of January 20, 1943, they were counterattacked by German forces from Battle Group Lüder northwest of Ousseltia. The units of Groupement Lagarde were positioned as follows: mortar in the west central woods, Staurt and M3/75 in the northwest town and north central woods with a 6-pdr. and HMG for support, and a 47mm and Morrocan Goumiers in the northeast town. Units from the 9e Régiment de Tirailleurs Algériens were situated either dug-in or in woods along the south central road. The Germans moved south at 1600 hours with their forces advancing east of the central road, with a Tiger platoon taking control of the northern intersection. By nightfall, the battle along the north central road and woods had resulted in the loss of two M3/75 platoons from the Allie,s and a Pz.IIIn and Gebirgsjäger platoons from the Axis forces. The German forces attacking north central woods had caused the desertion of a Lt., but the HMG and Moroccan units held on. A fierce battle also was ongoing with the Moroccan forces in the northeast village. While the northern crossroads was reoccupied by the Allies, a Gebirgsjäger unit captured the center crossroads at 1800 hours; however, a French 25mm unit hiding in the woods eliminated their Hanomag. By, 1900, the Germans had control of the north central woods, eliminating all the Allied units there, but the northeast village remained in turmoil. Having secured two crossroads, the German forces moved south, but were ambushed by French infantry. The only unit that continued to move south was an Sk.10/4 platoon that miraculously survived fire from two French 75mm units and occupied the south crossroads. The battle ended with the Germans in control of two crossroads (south and center), with the northern one only in partial control. The French were able to claim a minor victory through the last-ditch efforts of Stuart and M/75 platoons assaulting the north crossing.

At first, the objectives for this scenario seemed pretty easy for a French major victory, as they only had to control a single crossroad to attain one. However, the strength of the German forces coupled with their mobility make this a somewhat difficult task. Similarly, it is difficult for the Germans to control all three crossroads, as the French can slip an Allied unit into one of the three under cover of darkness on the last turn as long as it can survive the close range fire of the turn before. This makes the scenario a bit of a dance of units jockeying to be the last unit standing alone in each crossroad. If there is no crossroad control, the scenario boils down to a step loss battle for victory. The French have a number of fairly good AT units to take on the Panzer III’s, but very little to confront the Tiger with its armor efficiency. There are multiple strategies that may be employed here by both sides, and a French delaying tactic was used primarily in this play. However, it almost didn’t work, as the German Sk.10/4 had an amazing survival capacity. If a Pz.III in the north crossroads had better accuracy, this could have been a German win, but it didn’t share the good fortune of the Sk unit in the south. The end result was German control of two of the three crossroads, but a French minor victory as they only lost 12 steps compared to the German loss of 15; this latter difference would have been closer if French tank losses had counted double like those of the Germans.

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