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The Defence of Cactus Farm

From 28 April until 2 May a Kampfgruppe of 48 Fallschirmjäger from the III Battalion, 5. Fallschirmjäger Regiment with stood several determined attacked on their positions in a fortified farm over looking 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.

5FJR in Tunisa...

To re-fight the encounters use the Hold the Line mission with the following modifications.

~ The artillery support for both the British and Fallschirmjäger can use the Across The Volga special rules (Page 225 of Flames Of War) and does not have to be placed on the table.

~ The German Heavy Tank Platoon is always in Reserve.

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
Game Map

Feldwebel Schaefer cost +50 points and replaces the Fallschirmjäger Company Command Panzerknacker SMG team

Range: 4”10cm, ROF: 3, Anti-tank: 5, Firepower: 6. As an SMG team Schaefer has full ROF when moving.

Special Rules:

Follow me: Schaefer and any platoon he commands always passes Motivation tests on a roll of 2+.

Forwards: Schaefer and any platoon he commands may make a Stormtrooper move on a roll of 2+.

No Quarter: Schaefer and any platoon he commands hit on a roll of 2+ in assault combats.

British

For the purpose of Company Morale for the British force use the Royal West Kent Company HQ.

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.

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

12 RTR, Squadron HQ (Confident/Trained)
2 Churchill III   


250 points
Combat Platoons  
1 Troop, Tank Platoon
3 Churchill III

370 points
2 Troop, Tank Platoon
3 Churchill III

370 points
3 Troop, Tank Platoon
3 Churchill III

370 points
Subtotal 1360 point
Company, Royal West Kent Regt
(First Army Force, Confident/Trained)
Company HQ


30 points
Combat Platoons  
1st Platoon
Including PIAT team

180 points
2nd Platoon
Including PIAT team   

180 points
Off table “Across The Volga” artillery:  
Field Battery, Royal Artillery
4 Gun Sections

415 points
Sub Total (actual value 620 points)
805 points
Total 1980 points

Fallschirmjäger Kampfgruppe

On table defenders:  
Company HQ (Fearless Veteran)
Company Command Panzerknacker SMG
team (Feldwebel Schaefer),
2IC Command Panzerknacker SMG team
2 Artillery Observers from Artillery Battery




115 points
Combat Platoons  
1st Fallschirmjäger Platoon
3 Fallschirmjäger Squads
add Command Panzerknacker SMG team

280 points
5 points
2nd Fallschirmjäger Platoon
3 Fallschirmjäger Squads
add Command Panzerknacker SMG team

280 points
5 points
Weapons Platoons  
Parachute Machine-gun Platoon
1 Machine-gun Section

105 points
Off table reserves:  
Heavy Tank Platoon (Confident Veteran)
2 Tiger IE
2 Panzer IIIN
770 points
210 points
Off table “Across The Volga” Artillery  
Artillery Battery (Confident Veteran)
2 Gun Sections
220 points
Total 1990 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 dark.

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 Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Wayne at Battlefront