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12 Sep 2018 10:19 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Interesting WW2 Scenarios" to "Interesting WW2 Scenarios?"
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Achtung Minen12 Sep 2018 8:59 a.m. PST

I've been tasked with coming up with an unique and interesting scenario for a WW2 game session (approximately a company per side in size). I looked in my SkirmishCampaigns books and found those to mostly be the "capture and hold" or "escape the table" sort… I am looking for something a little more idiosyncratic than the usual generic battle objectives, but also something that is definitely gameable and fun! Any ideas?

Edit: Oops, meant to crosspost this in WW2 Scenarios… could you help, Bill?

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 9:22 a.m. PST

Not sure what board games you have available, but sometimes they have a wider range of scenarios.

One way you can toss a wrinkle in is by making force preservation more important to one side by counting their losses more heavily against them.

You can also do a variant of The Eagle Has Landed. A smaller elite force has to capture the flag, blow the bridge, etc, as reinforcements slowly trickle in.

Good luck.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 10:13 a.m. PST

Seeing as it is the correct time for the Arnhem anniversary, why not do one of the many company actions where brit paras have to break through ad hoc german units. The paras had to fight back to the river, out of the town and other desperate actions. The unknowns are German support from other German SS units. Dutch resistance and flaky German emergency units. You might even consider including barrages and air attacks. Plenty of [potential for night actions too.


Personal logo SBminisguy Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

If you have a castle to play with, this is a pretty unique scenario -- US soldiers + Wehrmacht soldiers + French POWs on the same side fighting against 17th SS Panzergrenadiers two days before the official surrender of Germany. What a heck of a mash-up!!

The Battle for Castle Itter was fought in the Austrian North Tyrol village of Itter on 5 May 1945, in the last days of the European Theater of World War II.

Troops of the 23rd Tank Battalion of the 12th Armored Division of the US XXI Corps led by Captain John C. "Jack" Lee, Jr., a number of Wehrmacht soldiers led by Major Josef "Sepp" Gangl, SS-Hauptsturmführer Kurt-Siegfried Schrader, and recently freed French prisoners of war defended Castle Itter against an attacking force from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division until relief from the American 142nd Infantry Regiment of the 36th Division of XXI Corps arrived.

The French prisoners included former prime ministers, generals and a tennis star. It may have been the only battle in the war in which Americans and Germans fought side-by-side. Popular accounts of the battle have called it the strangest battle of World War II.[2]


warwell12 Sep 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

Kelly's Heroes

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 11:04 a.m. PST

I second Arnhem fights or Kelly's Heroes, but how about Brecourt Manor?

Thresher0112 Sep 2018 1:50 p.m. PST

Capture a V-1, or V-2 site, before they can be launched.

Stryderg12 Sep 2018 2:44 p.m. PST

Have one side try to defend a bridge. Only they find out on turn 3 that the other side crossed some of their troops up-river.

If you want to get a little weird-war, then have both sides assault a town from opposite sides only to meet up with werewolves in the middle…surprise!

If you've got multiple players, give each one a squad or two and semi conflicting objectives:
squad 1: find/defend the local bar, the boys need some R&R
squad 2: the leader is a bit of a coward, fire off all ammo then retreat (if you have out of ammo rules)
squad 3: capture a prisoner
squad 4: take no prisoners, and make sure no one else does either
squad 5: meets a VIP who issues new orders, escort him across the table

Davek0scale14 Sep 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

Demolition raid?

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