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The Assault On Hill 105

By Rich Hamilton and Mike Haught 

This scenario allows players to recreate the assault on Hill 105; the first step in the conquest of Festung, or Fortress, Brest in northwest France. Hill 105 was a dominant terrain feature outside of the important seaport. It was heavily fortified with bunkers and well placed 8.8cm Flak guns, and tenaciously held by the German 7th Fallschirmjager Regiment. The job fell to the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division to attack this formidable position on 1 September 1944.

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The Scenario

The US 2nd Infantry Division quickly marches up to the jump off point at the edge of the bocage just As the artillery lets up. The signal is given and the men rush up the hill. The defending Fallschimjäger are determined to hold the hill at all costs. The Battle for Brest has begun!

This scenario uses the Defensive Battle, Fortifications, and Prepared Positions special rules. 

Preparing for Battle
1. Set up the terrain as shown on the map. The table is 6’/160cm by 4’/120cm. The hill should cover all of one end of the table and Bocage should cover the other end. There should be at least 12”/30cm of open ground between the Bocage and the hill. Place two objectives at the points indicated.

2. The German player sets up their forces on Hill 105 where indicated on the map The German player may also change the placement of the three HMG Bunkers and four barbed wire markers from the positions shown on the map within the deployment area.

3. The American player set up their forces in the Bocage area as shown on the map.

Beginning the Battle
1. All German troops on the table start the game in Prepared Positions, so they are in Foxholes and Gone to Ground.
2. The American Player has the first turn.

Ending the Battle
The battle ends when:
1. The American player starts their turn in possession of either objective, or
2. The German player starts any of their turns from turn 12.

Deciding Who Won
The American player wins if they hold an objective, having broken through Hill 105’s defenses. Fortress Brest will surely collapse in short order!

If no American teams hold an objective, the German player wins. American troops are forced back to regroup. The Americans will have to try again to assault our well planned defences!

 Assault On Hill 105 Map

The American 2nd Infantry Division conducted the assault. The 2nd Infantry Division first saw combat in Normandy. As such, use the normal US Rifle Company to organise your assault force. Use 1500 points select your assault force from a US Rifle Company found in Festung Europa. For a more historical list you should not select any armoured forces, as they did not participate in the actual assault.

For the defence of Brest the 2. Fallschirmjägerdivision formed the core of the defence forces. Both 266. and 343. Infanteriedivision manned the bulk of the defensive works. Use 1000 points to select your defensive force from either a Fallschirmjägerkompanie or a Grenadierkompanie from Festung Europa.

The German player also receives three HMG bunkers and four sections of barbed wire as provided by the scenario. Fortification rules are found on pages 209 to 218 of Flames Of War. Historically, the German heavy anti-aircraft guns were the primary targets on Hill 105, but you do not need to use them in your defence force.

 Festung Brest

Hill 105 was an imposing feature. Treat the steep hill as Very Difficult Going.

Use the Bocage rules found in D-Day on pages 40 to 43 when navigating through the bocage.

Historical Notes
The German defenders put up a determined defence, but by the end of the day Hill 105 was in American hands. The victory was by no means easy and is a good representation of the fortifications faced on the way to Fortress Brest. The fighting inside the city itself was reminiscent of the fighting inside Stalingrad with the American infantry having to fight house to house. See the articles on the Stalingrad fighting if you are interested in pursuing the story of the 2nd or 29th US Infantry Divisions during the battle for Festung Brest.
Hill 105

Last Updated On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Wayne at Battlefront