14 December 1936: The
Civil War in Spain brought a wide variety of international volunteers
and mercenaries to that troubled nation. Following upon the narrowly
defeated Nationalist drive on Madrid during the Autumn, the Nationalists
thought to renew a more limited offensive to complete their aim
of isolating the nearby city of Madrid. The Nationalists assembled
18,000 infantry and cavalry organized into four mobile brigades,
supported by elements of the German Condor Legion, and a large
contingent of 155mm guns. Opposing them were the famous International
Brigades, composed of left-wing dissidents, exiles, communists,
and socialists. These enthusiastic volunteers were determined
to stop the fascists. The brigade at Boadilla was the Thaelmann
Battalion, consisting mostly of German communists and some Englishmen.
The fiercely-independent ideologies of both sides promised for
particularly vicious fighting. The Nationalists began the attack
with the heaviest artillery bombardment of the war. The Nationalists
attacked Boadilla and successfully seized it the first night.
A counterattack by two of the Republican International Brigades
and a detachment of Russian tanks forced the Nationalists to withdraw
from the town the next morning, only to see them counterattack
later that day, successfully trapping the Thaelmann Battalion
inside the town. A terrible fight ensued throughout the town.
Casualties were heavy for both sides as each side funneled more
troops into the fighting. All Republican counterattacks to relieve
the besieged comrades failed. Elements of an Russian armored detachment
engaged the panzers of the Condor Legion inside the town square,
while elite Spanish Moroccan Infantry fought their way into the
fortified Marketplace and the nearby Castle Duque de Sueca. The
Thaelmann Battalion and their Spanish and International brethren
were forced to fight their way out of the town, leaving many dead
behind. This costly fight left the Nationalists with a modest
victory in having seized Boadilla and the surrounding territory,
while both sides (especially the International Brigades) were
heavily depleted in strength.
Years have gone
by with requests coming in for a reprinting of GUERRA CIVIL, the
Spanish Civil War historical moduleyou have been heard.
But the request for a reprint has to be rejected. Instead, a fully
remastered product, with all new counters. new geomorphic boards,
scenarios laid out with the new format and art, not to mention
all new color military art adorning the die-cut counters. Plus
some extra scenarios and re-written Special Rules and notes pages.
It comes to you during November 2011 as CONDOR LEGIONS
and is sure to be evocative of this important time in pre World
War II military history.
WHAT YOU RECEIVE
WITH EACH COPY:
- > A set of
16 scenarios set on geomorphic boards
- > 3 BONUS
- > Color cover
- > 3 geomorphic boards in
8" × 22" folding format and a new color overlay
- > Special Rules in 3-hole