1941 Rethymno Crete; Germans v Australians & Cretans

Set up: Medium
Game time: Quick
Solo play: Very suitable

Historical background
A second German wave arrived on Crete in the afternoon. At 16:15, 2nd Fallschirmjäger Regiment airdropped over Rethymno airfield; but like others in Crete, they all landed scattered along the coast. Elements of the 3rd Battalion quickly managed to regroup and move toward Rethymno, where they ran into fierce resistance from the Australian battalions that had taken position on the hills south of the airfield; the town’s civilians and the Greek 4th and 5th Regiments just added to the invaders’ difficulties. Cut-off from the rest of Crete, outgunned and surrounded, the Australians went on to hold the German invaders off for 9 days before Lieutenant Colonel Ian Campbell, commander of the 2/1st Battalion, ordered his men to surrender. Even then, many men of 2/11th Battalion, instructed by Major Sandover to either surrender or evade capture, managed to make it to the hills, and, protected by local Cretans, eventually escaped to Egypt.

Axis 5 Command cards; move first. Allied 5 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory
6 Medals.
Airfield is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Axis Forces.
If there are no British units on any of the hexes of Hill A at the start of the Axis player’s turn, the Axis forces gain 1 Victory Medal. The moment a British unit reoccupies any of Hill A’s hexes, the Axis player loses this medal.
The group of 3 Hill hexes of Hill B is a Temporary Majority Medal Objective. The Victory Medal for this group of objective hexes goes to the side that has units in an absolute majority of these hexes.
The six town hexes form a Turn Start Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 Medal. The Victory Medal for this group of objective hexes goes to the side that has units occupying an absolute majority of these hexes at the start of its turn. If the majority is lost for any reason (movement, retreat or elimination), the medal is immediately lost.

Special Rules
British Commonwealth Forces Command rules (Nations 5).
British Armour unit only has 2 figures and it only moves 2 hexes.
Cretan Partisan Civilian unit has 3 figures and it is played like French Resistance (Nations 1 - French Resistance).
Axis infantry units are Para Special Forces (Troops 2 -Specialized Units).
When an Air Power card is played, the Axis player rolls 2 dice, the Allied player only 1 die.
The river hexes are impassable; they represent the Mediterranean coast.

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20 minutes to set up and just under half an hour to play. No complex rules, but you have to keep an eye on who is in majority control of the extra medals for the towns and hill. The interesting aspect is that the German paras are scattered all over the board, so a bit tricky to coordinate units.
Set up:

Basically all infantry, with just one tank unit. A very bloody battle (very good dice), with both sides losing many figures, but not necessarily whole units. Ultimately it was keeping control of Hill B that won it for the Allies (6:3), but it was tight. The German unit bottom left never entered the game, but all the others did and took casualties.

Another recommended game – quick and easy, suitable for solo.

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