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Makhno191818 Nov 2021 5:35 p.m. PST

hi all, last year I promised on this board that I would share the scenario I wrote for the Battle of University City, Madrid, November 1936, so I'm doing that now. The scale is about 1/2 size of the actual battle, (50 to a centuria instead of 100), and it's faily complicated and requires a pretty large table.

I hope to share this and about 19 other scenarios I've drafted in a future campaign PDF, tentatively entitled "Á Zaragoza", covering the Durruti Column's march into Aragon.

"Scenario: November 16-19, Battle for University City, Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain and, until recently, the seat of its Republican Government, is under siege by the nationalist rebels and their fascist allies. On November 15, the Madrid Column, the nationalist force besieging the city, crossed the Manzanares river at a position close to Los Franceses Bridge, pushing back the López Tienda's marxist/PSUC/UGT Columna Libertad. Two tanks joined the Morrocans to force their way across the bridge. Columna Libertad blew up the bridge and fell back, but not before a section of Guardia Civil in the column crossed the bridge to join the nationalists. Columna Libertad withdrew in panic and chaos, and no other forces stepped in to fill the gap. The Nationalists crossed the river and began taking buildings, one by one.

"Republican command ordered as many reserve forces as were available toward the leak in the front line. The XI International Brigade would cover the North of the University City. Survivors from Columna Libertad and the IV Brigade (Spanish Republican Army) joined with the Durruti Column to occupy the rest of the University City. The Vth Regiment would support the Durruti Column. The operation would begin at 2am on the morning of November 16.

"As the 1,400 militants of the Durruti Column's best units prepare to enter the fray, and while their communist allies stall and hesitate to join in, Asensia's Madrid Column also charges into University City. The Nationalists reach the Casa de Veláquez and School of Engineers, defeating the Dombrowski Battalion, causing 2/3rds of its men to flee and annihilating the remaining volunteers. It was at this point that the Durruti Column enters the University City in two prongs, from the north and from the south, to capture their objectives.

"Set up: Cold, rainy winter weather, visibility at 20", 40" with binoculars. Arrange the large buildings of the University City on a table. On the west end of the table, the River Manzanares, running near and parallel to the table's edge, marks the point of entry for Nationalist forces. The Hospital Clinico sits close to the far east of the table. This will be the Durruti Column headquarters."

Full scenario here:

Aar from solo game last year: TMP link

As always comments and suggestions gladly welcomed.

jhancock18 Nov 2021 6:42 p.m. PST

Thank you for sharing, sir! Well thought out and written. Looks like a good, historical game.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2021 12:34 p.m. PST

Quite the game.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2022 10:35 a.m. PST

Excellent detail!

gengulfus14 Jan 2022 6:03 a.m. PST

Very useful – thanks Makhno1918, your posts are always interesting.

Makhno191818 Jan 2022 2:36 p.m. PST

thanks Genulfus, I appreciate it! I'm close to wrapping up some work on the Mexican Revolution period, and looking forward to switching back to Spain for a while.

GinaHonviks25 Oct 2022 5:40 a.m. PST

Amazing detail. My son will be delighted! Thanks.

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