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On May 21, 1941, German paratroopers, brave tough, battle-hardened and with esprit-de-corps second to none, formed the spearhead of Hitler's daring airborne assault. Hastily assembled, these elite troopers jumped into an unexpected maelstrom of fire and lead that decimated their ranks.
For the next eight days, the depleted airborne forces, bolstered by a reinforcing Mountain Division, were locked in a gripping life-and-death struggle against fierce resistance from the defending British, Greek, Australian and New Zealander troops.
When it was over, though Germany prevailed, over 7,000 German soldiers, including one in four paratroopers, lay dead on the battlefield. Operation mercury was a German victory, but a Pyrrhic one at best. Adolf Hitler was so shocked by the heavy German losses on Crete that he never deployed his elite paratroop units again in a major airborne operation.
Operation Mercury allows you to recreate this bitter struggle for Crete at company/battalion level. The game system, based of the award-winning GMT Operational System which first appeared in Operation Shoestring and Air Bridge to Victory, allows for multiple combat options. The system also takes into account unit morale and efficiency as well as formation strength when resolving combat.
400 full-color two-sided counters, depicting troops from Great Britain, Italy, Greece, Australia and Germany as well as the Luftwaffe and the British Royal Navy.
Two 22x34" full-color mapsheets covering most of the island of Crete and focusing on the key drop zones at Maleme, Suda, Retimo and Heraklion.
|TIME SCALE||8 hours per turn|
|MAP SCALE||1.5 km per hex|
|UNIT SCALE||Company & Battalion|
|NUMBER OF PLAYERS||One to Four|