The Defence of Cactus Farm

Afrika

The Defence of Cactus Farm
From 28 April until 2 May a Kampfgruppe of 48 Fallschirmjäger from the III Battalion, 5. Fallschirmjäger Regiment withstood several determined attacked on their positions in a fortified farm overlooking Medjez el Bab-Tunis road. British units from the 12th Infantry Division made well-supported attacks, backed up by the Churchills of the 12th RTR on one occasion, but found the Fallschirmjäger hard to budge.

Leading this band of Fallschirmjäger was Feldwebel Schaefer commanding a mere 48 men

To re-fight the encounters use the No Retreat mission with the following modifications.

Setting Up

  • The German Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon is always in Deep Immediate Reserves.

  • British 25 pdr Field Troop and German 10.5cm Artillery Battery are off-table and use Across the Volga rules from Enemy at the Gates or Iron Cross

Feldwebel Schaefer
Feldwebel Schaefer proved himself an able and aggressive commander during the defence of Cactus Farm, leading the assault on the Churchills, so when fielding him in the game use the following rules.

Cactus Farm

Feldwebel Schaefer is represented by the Formation Commander MP40 SMG team of a Fallschirmjäger Company HQ. Schaefer’s MP40 SMG team is equipped with the Panzerknacker Command Card at the start of the game.

Special Rules:

Commanding Presence: When a Unit’s Leader is within 6”/15cm and in Line of Sight of Schaefer, the Unit passes Motivation tests on a roll of 2+.

Forwards: When a Unit’s Leader is within 6”/15cm and in Line of Sight of Schaefer, the Unit passes Blitz or Shoot & Scoot test on a roll of 2+.

No Quarter: When a Unit’s Leader is within 6”/15cm and in Line of Sight of Schaefer, the Teams of the Unit hit on a roll of 2+ in Assault.

Cactus Hedges
The cactus hedges around the farm proved hard to penetrate, the troops wishing to move through the hedge treat it as Difficult Terrain. Infantry teams must make a Skill test to find a gap before they can enter the farm. Once the gap is found teams from the same platoon can follow them through.

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Cactus Farm

1st Royal West Kent Regiment
& 12th Royal Tank Regiment,
12th Brigade, 4th Division

Fallschirmjäger Kampfgruppe

Churchill III Armoured Squadron HQ
2x Churchill (6 pdr)


22 points
Churchill Armoured Troop 1
3x Churchill (6 pdr)

33 points
Churchill Armoured Troop 2
3x Churchill (6 pdr)

33 points
Churchill Armoured Troop 3
3x Churchill (6 pdr)

33 points
Subtotal 1360 point
Company, Royal West Kent Regt
Rifle Company HQ
2x SMLE rifle team
"White Knees" Command Card

 

2 points
-5 Points

1st Platoon
7x Bren Gun & SMLE rifle team
1x Boys anti-tank rifle
1x 2-inch mortar
1x PIAT Anti-Tank (PIAT Command Card)

13 points

2nd Platoon
7x Bren Gun & SMLE rifle team
1x Boys anti-tank rifle
1x 2-inch mortar
1x PIAT Anti-Tank (PIAT Command Card)


13 points
Support  
25 pdr Field Troop
4x 25 pdr Gun

14 points
Total 158 points
Fallschirmjӓger Company HQ
2x MP40 SMG Teams
1x Panzerknacker Command Card
5 points
1st Fallschirmjäger Platoon
7x MG42/K98 Teams
1x Panzerknacker Command Card

11 points

2nd Fallschirmjäger Platoon
7x MG42/K98 Teams
1x Panzerknacker Command Card

11 points
Fallschirmjäger  sMG42 Machine-gun Platoon
4x sMG42 HMG

6 points
Support  
10.5cm Artillery Battery (Page 34 Afrika Korps)
4x 10.5cm Howitzer
14 points
Fallschirmjӓger Observation Post
1x Observer K98 Rifle Team
1 point
Heavy Tank Platoon (Page 30 Afrika Korps)
2x Tiger
2x Panzer III (7.5cm)
74 points
Total 125 points

 

Other Forces
Forces that attacked on 28-30 April had less armoured back-up and were mainly infantry supported by artillery. An attack was also made on the night of 30 April under the cover of darkness.

The British units that attacked were from 12th Brigade, 4th (Mixed) Division:

28 April: one company of the 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment
29 April: several companies of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
30 April: companies from 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, both during the day and at night.
1 May: Several attacks by companies from 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment and 12th Royal Tank Regiment. One attack with preliminary bombing by the US Airforce.
2 May: Brigade size attack, beaten off by German artillery.
3 May: Schaefer’s Fallschirmjäger withdraw.

 

 


Last Updated On Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront