The game: Panzer Campaigns Tunisia '43 (John Tiller Software)
The scenario: Like Wolves in the Fold
Situation: Sidi bou Zid, E of Kasserine Pass, Feb 14th 1943: German Pioneers were busy clearing lanes through the Allied mines in the Faid Pass. Behind them were the 10.Pz Div and, to the south, near the Maizila Pass, elements of 21.Pz Div. As dawn rose on the Eastern Dorsals, the Americans seemed completely unaware that the Germans were about to pounce out of the pass on them, "like wolves on the fold."
When I got this game (quite a while ago), I thought of vast expanses of open desert and wide flanking battle maneuvers almost like in naval warfare. It turns out the Tunisian desert is too frequently interrupted by rough hills and mountains that force the attacker into wide flanking maneuvers to avoid fortified enemy positions at narrow passes. Well, at least I got the flanking part right.
While playing Panzer Campaigns Tunisia '43 I am following George Howe's "Northwest Africa: Seizing the Initiative in the West". For the attack on Sidi Bou Zid, the 21st and 10th Panzer Divisions are in for some driving fun before engaging the US forces defending the location.
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