OPERATION CRUSADER ERRATA
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Subject: GDW's Operation Crusader Errata
To whom it may concern:
Enclosed is a text file for the errata for GDW's monster Operation Crusader.
I made it for a ADC2/PBEM opponent and thought I
would send it in, since I didn't see it on your site.
GDW's OPERATION CRUSADER C1978/C1979
Official Errata and Clarifications
- Sollum map:
- Hex 3335 is Fort Maddellena, a landmark (not a fortification).
- Hex 3134 and 3733 should contain landing grounds.
- Hex 4103 is Sollum barracks, a landmark hex.
- Sidi Barani Map:
- Hex 0113 is a clear hex.
- Hex 0115 is a pass.
- Tobruk Map:
- Hex 3213 is a hill (Ras Belhamet).
- The 3/606 Light Flak Artillery should not have a parenthetical assault
- The 2/1 Light Battery of the 33rd Flak Regiment should have a parenthetical
- Free French:
- The single Free French air unit is the Lorraine squadron.
- South African:
- The single South African of Boston bombers (unidentified) is the number
FORCE ORGANIZATION CHARTS:
- Italian 20th Mobile Corps: The five anti-tank batteries of the 20th Mobile
Corps are the 31st, 71st, 103rd and "T" batteries.
- Panzer Group Afrika: Although initially deployed in the "Afrika"
Division area, and later assigned to the division, through-out most of the
campaign the 200th Rifle Regiment fought as a component of the 15th Panzer
Division and may be controlled by either divisional commander at the option
of the Axis supreme commander.
CONVENTIONAL FIRE TABLE:
At 10:1 odds, the result of the die roll should be 50%, not 55%.
Plotting key: Under 1. Formations, add A: Assault.
- Rule 6: Zone of Control: Units which begin the movement phase in a zone
of control may move directly into an adjacent hex also in an enemy zone of
control, but then must immediately stop.
- Rule 8: Formations: Paragraphs 8 B-1-a and 8 B-2-a contradict the Formation
Effects chart. The chart is correct.
- Rule 9: Plotting, Section C: The first two paragraphs, headed 1. Moving
Columns, and 1) Heading, are jumbled and should read: movement code and possibly
a stop code. Each code will be separated by a dash. Also: a. formations: The
formation assumed by a moving column is noted by the recording of one of four
formation codes. These are:
- B: Bounding
- T: Traveling
- R: Road formation
- A: Assault
- Only engaged columns may plot assault formation.
- Paragraph 9-C-1-b 3) Skirting: Add the following: "A unit which encounters
the end of an antitank ditch or escarpment ceases movement, even if it has
unused movement points remaining."
- Paragraph 9-C-1-b 5) Follow: Add the following: "The first hex entered
by the following unit is the hex previously occupied by the unit being followed."
- Paragraph 9-C-1-b 7) and 8): Add the following: " A unit may be plotted
to stop immediately after crossing an antitank ditch or an escarpment by recording
CD (cross ditch), CE (cross first escarpment), CE2, ect.
- Rule 22: Morale: Personnel class units being assaulted by enemy AFV units
do not suffer the morale effects of rule 22 b-4 if there are at least as many
friendly units defending and/or AFV strength points in the hex as their are
assaulting enemy AFV strength points. Armored cars and non-gun armed light
tanks (Italian L-3 tankettes and British Mark VI tanks) are not counted toward
the total of defending AFV strength points, but are counted toward the total
of assaulting enemy strength points. Note that this calculation is made solely
on the basis of strength points, not antitank value.
- British 25 pdr artillery strength points count as antitank strength points.
- Add the following to section B: 5. Any unit checking morale from any cause
except losses from indirect fire, and which has no ammunition, subtracts 2
from its morale factor.
- Add the following to section B: 6. Any motorized unit checking morale from
any cause except losses from indirect fire, and which has no fuel, subtracts
2 from its morale factor. Any semi-motorized unit checking morale from any
cause other from direct fire, and which has no fuel, subtracts 1 from its
- Rule 24: Fortifications: Add the following: 8. The highest column of the
indirect fire table that may be used when firing on a fortification is the
108 column. All attacks with 108 or more factors are conducted in this column.
- Rule 25: Terrain Effects: The references to the Terrain Effects Chart should
be to the Formation Effects Chart.
- Rule 27: Supply Requirements and Consumption: B-1, add the following: A
column which contains at least one assault-capable unit and which enters assault
formation, expends one issue of ammunition, whether it fires or not. Thus
ammunition is expended even of the defending column routs before the phase
in which assault takes place.
- Rule 29: Transport and Distribution: Supply points may be distributed into
a fortification, even if the fortification is in an enemy zone of control,
provided the distribution path leading to the fortification does not pass
through enemy zones of control. Such a path must be traced through other freindly
fortifications in enemy zones of control.
- Rule 31: Capture of Supply Points: The second sentence of the first paragraph
should read "Whenever units of one side are the sole occupants of a depot
hex at the end of movement they are considered to be in possession of the
supply points in that depot."
- Rule 36: Tank Recovery: A-1 How Units Recover Tanks, add the following:
Allied and Italian units may recover wrecks from a hex in a enemy zone of
control during night turns.
- Rule 42: Night: Columns in laagered formation do not suffer the morale penalty
specified in rule 42-C.
- Rule 49: Air Missions: Section E (Ground Attacks), add the following: Ground
attacks may be targetted on a specific hex number containing no landmark.
Aircraft conducting ground attacks on a specific hex number containing no
landmark may only do so using the Area Bombing (see rule 52) method, not the
point attack method. Upon arrival over the target hex, roll the die once per
attacking squadron. On a die roll of 1-4, the squadron bombs the designated
hex. On any other rol, the squadron bombs an adjacent hex in the direction
- 5- North
- 6- North-east
- 7- South-east
- 8- South
- 9- South-east
- 10- North-east
- If friendly units are in the hex attacked, they are attacked as if they
were enemy units. Attacks may be made in hexes containing both friendly and
enemy units, in which case all units of both sides are attacked.
- Optional rule: Early Axis Recovery: Although the Axis aircraft were grounded
for the entire first day, the British were not aware of this soon enough to
take major advantage of it. To simulate Allied uncertainty, the Axis player
should roll the die twice before the start of play, adding the two die rolls
together. The sum is the number of turns (from 2 to 20) that the Axis airforce
is grounded. This die roll is done in secret and the Allied player is not
informed of its result until the Axis aircraft are encountered in the air.
OPTIONAL RULE: ARTILLERY AMMUNITION EXPENDITURE
- Artillery units have more firepower than normal units, but as a result expend
more ammunition. Any column containing three or more batteries of towed or
self-propelled field or antiaircraft artillery uses two issues of ammunition
instead of one each time that it fires. Such columns may use only one issue
of ammunition if desired, but if so all field and antiaircraft artillery units
in the column fire at half value. (In antiaircraft fire, half the normal shots
OPTIONAL RULE: HIDDEN ALLIED NIGHT LAAGERS
- All Allied columns entering laager during the night turn are removed from
the map and may be displaced up to two hexes in any direction, provided this
does not place them on or adjacent to an enemy-occupied hex. The exact location
breaks laager, or C) an Axis column enters the hex.
OPTIONAL RULE: FREE ALLIED SET UP
- Although the Allies had a firm idea where the Axis forces were deployed,
the position of the Allied units after the initial approach march was not
known to the Axis. To simulate this, allow the Allied player to set up his
forces within the following restrictions:
- Each major unit (Army HQ, Corps HQ, Division HQ, brigade, or battalion)
which is given an initial set up location must deploy one of the initial
set up locations given, although it need not be in the one listed in it.
- Major units may only set up in one of the listed locations, and at least
one major unit must be in each such location.
- 6. Supply Availabilty: All British HQ and Convoy units are fully loaded.
- 10. New Units: 0100 hrs., 16 May - All three companies of the I Bn, 8 Panzer
- Scenario Balance: The Brevity scenario is based on a actual availability
of units, their correct arrival times, and historic supply availability. However,
the British did not have access to the detailed information that the players
and would then have been stranded there until 3:00pm the next afternoon, nor
were they aware of the critical shortage of Axis artillery on the frontier
at that time. Armed with this knowledge, it should generally prove possible
for the Allied player to win Brevity. To simulate Allied uncertainty of Axis
strength, the Axis player should separate four strength point reduction chits
from the counter mix, numbered 1 to 4. Before play begins, the Axis player
draws one chit at random, keeping the results of the draw secret from the
Allied player. The chit should be retained for verification after the game.
The following results are implemented:
- 1 - Historical forces and arrival times
- 2 - 1/8 Panzer arrives at historical time, but fully loaded with POL.
10 additional POL points may be placed in depot on the map initially.
- 3 - The Axis supply convoy column arrives at the same time as the 1/8
Panzer battalion, fully loaded.
- 4 - The Axis Supply convoy column arrives at the same time as the 1/8
Panzer battalion. At 1400 hrs., May 16 (when the supply convoy normally
arrives) the 2 and 3 batteries of the I/75th Artillery arrive, fully loaded
with ammunition and POL. (The counters from Battleaxe may be used for the
- 9. Setting Up The Game: 4th Indian Division: Add The following: "11th
Indian Brigade within 4 hexes of hex 5008, Sollum map."
- The Italian 55th "Savona" Division sets up in the area indicated
Bardia Fortress Command. The Bardia Fortress Command sets up anywhere
inside the Bardia perimeter.
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