Squad Leader Scenarios

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Squad Leader is a game system depicting tactical combat in the Second World War. The game and three additional gamettes are open-ended, a trend in tactical board wargaming beginning from the 1970s and most notably seen in Avalon Hill's highly successful PanzerBlitz. The use of geomorphic mapboards and counters representing small tactical units gave the game great flexibility and the potential to recreate a wide range of situations.

These situations are presented to players in the form of Scenarios. The original Squad Leader game comes with 12 scenarios and other scenarios, numbered in sequence, followed on in the three sequel gamettes. There are also many "official" scenarios (published by Avalon Hill) in The General Magazine or sold as special releases (the Rogue Scenarios).

In total, 123 official scenarios were made for the Squad Leader series.

Scenario Format[edit]

Each scenario in the original four game releases was printed on an 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock with the following elements in place:

  • Scenario number
  • Illustrative graphic
  • Historical overview
  • Board configuration and orientation
  • Listing of rules sections introduced
  • Victory Conditions
  • Turn Record Chart
  • Countermix and historical identity of scenario forces
  • Scenario Special Rules
  • Variations
  • Historical Aftermath

Scenario Number[edit]

The original core scenarios from the 4 games are numbered as follows:

Squad Leader - 1 through 12

Cross of Iron - 13 through 20

Crescendo of Doom - 21 through 32

GI: Anvil of Victory - 33 through 47

Illustrative Graphic[edit]

These are illustration evocative of the events portrayed in the scenario, usually a black and white interpretation of an actual Second World War photograph. Rodger MacGowan did the artwork for the original SL, COI and COD scenarios and Charles Kibler took over with GI: Anvil of Victory.

Historical Overview[edit]

A paragraph description of the military situation, placing the scenario in context, possibly introducing the personalities portrayed on the map. Prefaced by the actual location (usually the nearest town or city) and date.

Board Configuration and Orientation[edit]

A graphic representation of which boards to use, how to orient them, which direction is "north" and placement of terrain overlays (if any).

Listing of Rules Sections Introduced[edit]

The four Squad Leader games use Programmed Instruction to teach the game system; each scenario included with the games listed the new rules sections introduced with that scenario.

Victory Conditions[edit]

Squad Leader scenarios use unique sets of victory conditions, in some instances being complicated. The Victory Conditions often model real military objectives. For example, a scenario about an assault on a village might specify occupying buildings as victory conditions. A scenario based on withdrawal might specify that a certain number of units hved to be exited from the map in order to win.

Turn Record Chart[edit]

Fixed game turn limits govern each scenarios, and one side is required to set up first and/or move first. The turn record chart also shows turns on which reinforcements arrive.

Countermix and Historical Identity of Scenario Forces[edit]

Each official scenario is based on an actual historical event (with the exception of Scenario 26 which was based on a hypothetical operation). Historical names are provided for the forces of each side (sometimes broadly, as in "elements of the 62nd Army" and often specifically down to the company or platoon level.)

Counter-mixes are listed for both sides, with number of units being specified as well as where they are set up (or enter, if reinforcements).

Scenario Special Rules[edit]

Scenario Special Rules (or SSRs) provide flexibility to designers; helping recreate an historically accurate scenario. Rule modifications can achieve specific effects on game-play.

Historical Aftermath[edit]

A paragraph summary of the outcome of the situation being depicted.

Scenario Listing - Official Scenarios (Games and Gamettes)[edit]

Game # Name Allies Axis Date Location
SL 1 The Guards Counterattack Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 October 1942 Stalingrad, USSR
SL 2 The Tractor Works Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 October 1942 Stalingrad, USSR
SL 3 The Streets of Stalingrad Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 October 1942 Stalingrad, USSR
SL 4 The Hedgehog of Piepsk Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 14 November 1941 Piepsk, USSR
SL 5 Hill 621 Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 1 July 1944 near Minsk, USSR
SL 6 Escape From Velikiye Luki Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 12 January 1943 Velikiye Luki, USSR
SL 7 Buchholz Station US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 16 December 1944 Buchholz, Germany
SL 8 The Bitche Salient US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 14 January 1945 Bitche, Germany
SL 9 The Cannes Strongpoint US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 23 August 1944 Cannes, France
SL 10 Hitdorf on the Rhine US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 April 1945 Hitdorf, Germany
SL 11 The St. Goar Assault US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 March 1945 St Goar, Germany
SL 12 The Road to Wiltz US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 17 December 1944 Wiltz, Luxembourg
COI 13 The Capture of Balta Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg Roundel of the Romanian Air Force, 1941-1944.svg 3 August 1941 Balta, Ukraine
COI 14 The Paw of the Tiger Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 12 January 1943 South of Leningrad, USSR
COI 15 Hube's Pocket Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 April 1944 near Buchach, USSR
COI 16 Sowchos 79 Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 8 December 1942 Chir River Line, Russia
COI 17 Debacle at Korosten Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 30 August 1941 Korosten, Ukraine
COI 18 The Defense of Luga Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 19 July 1941 Luga, USSR
COI 19 A Winter Melee Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 17 February 1942 Okorovo, Russia
COI 20 Breakout From Borisov Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 2 July 1941 Borosov, Russia
COD 21 Battle for the Warta Line Roundel of Poland (1921-1993).svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 September 1939 Central Poland
COD 22 The Borders are Burning Red star.svg Finnish air force roundel 1934-1945 border.svg 30 November 1939 Kuhmo, Finland
COD 23 Silent Death Red star.svg Finnish air force roundel 1934-1945 border.svg 9 December 1939 Aittojoki, Finland
COD 24 Action at Balberkamp RAF roundel.svg Norwegian Army Air Service WW2.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 22 April 1940 Balberkamp, Norway
COD 25 Resistance at Chabrehez Roundel of Belgium.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 10 May 1940 Chabrehez, Belgium
COD 26 Assault on a Queen Netherlands roundel WW2.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 11 May 1940 The Hague, Netherland
COD 27 The Dinant Bridgehead French-roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 13 May 1940 Houx, Belgium
COD 28 Counterstroke at Stonne French-roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 15 May 1940 Stonne, France
COD 29 In Rommel's Wake French-roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 17 May 1940 on the Meuse, France
COD 30 Ad Hoc at Beaurains RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 21 May 1940 Arras, France
COD 31 Chateau de Quesnoy French-roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 June 1940 Le Quesnoy, France
COD 32 Rehearsal for Crete Roundel of Australia.svg Roundel of New Zealand.svg Roundel of Greece.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 26 April 1941 Peloponnesus, Greece
GI 33 A Belated Christmas US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 27 December 1944 Bastogne, Belgium
GI 34 Climax at Nijmegen Bridge US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 20 September 1944 Nijmegen, Netherlands
GI 35 The French Decide to Fight US roundel 1942-1943.svg French-roundel.svg 10 November 1942 Port-Lyautey, Morocco
GI 36 Weissenhof Crossroads US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 16 December 1944 Schnee Eifel, Germany
GI 37 Medal of Honor US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 21 September 1944 Nijmegen, Netherlands
GI 38 The Factory US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 11 February 1944 Aprilia Settlement, Italy
GI 39 Sweep For Bordj Toum Bridge US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 10 December 1942 Bordj Toum Station, Tunisia
GI 40 The Dornot Watermark US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 10 September 1944 Dornot, Germany
GI 41 Swatting at Tigers US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 11 July 1943 Biazzo Ridge, Italy
GI 42 Bridgehead on the Rhine RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 March 1945 Speldrop, Germany
GI 43 Action at Kommerscheidt US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 4 November 1944 Kommerscheidt, Germany
GI 44 Prelude to Breakout US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 7 July 1944 Vire et Taute Canal, France
GI 45 Hide and Seek US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 7 June 1944 Normandy, France
GI 46 Operation Varsity US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 March 1945 near Hamminkeln, Germany
GI 47 Encircling the Ruhr US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 30 March 1945 the Ruhr, Germany

Scenario Listing - Other Official Scenarios (Avalon Hill)[edit]

Series 100[edit]

Avalon Hill released Series 100, ten new scenarios for Cross of Iron, in 1979. The scenarios were designed by Courtney Allen (SL playtester and designer of Storm Over Arnhem).

# Title Allies Axis Date Location
101 Blocking Action at Lipki Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 3 July 1941 near Borisov, USSR
102 Slamming of the Door Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 17 August 1941 Panikovo forest, USSR
103 Bald Hill Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 11 September 1941 Leningrad, USSR
104 The Penetration of Rostov Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 July 1942 Rostov, USSR
105 Night Battle at Noromatyevka Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 1 January 1943 Noromaryevka, USSR
106 Beachhead at Ozereyka Bay Red star.svg Roundel of the Romanian Air Force, 1941-1944.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 4 February 1943 Ozereyka valley, USSR
107 Disaster On The Dneiper Loop Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 September 1943 Dnieper River, USSR
108 Block Busting in Bokruisk Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 29 June 1944 Bokruisk, USSR
109 Counterattack On The Vistula Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 August 1944 near Wola Chodkowska, Poland
110 The Agony of Doom Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 19 April 1945 Muncheberg, Germany

Series 200[edit]

Avalon Hill released Series 200 with 10 new scenarios for Crescendo of Doom.

# Title Allies Axis Date Location
201 Sacrifice Of Polish Armor Roundel of Poland (1921-1993).svg Balkenkreuz.svg 1 September 1939 Novy Targ region, Poland
202 Under Cover Of Darkness Roundel of Poland (1921-1993).svg Balkenkreuz.svg 12 September 1939 Gdynia, Poland
203 Bitter Defense At Otta RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 28 April 1940 Gudbrandsal valley, Norway
204 Chance D'une Affaire French-roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 14 May 1940 Chehery, France
205 Last Defense Line French-roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 15 May 1940 Bouvellemont, France
206 Fighting At The World's Edge French-roundel.svg Norwegian Army Air Service WW2.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 28 May 1940 Tarladsvikfjell, Norway
207 The French Perimeter French-roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 2 June 1940 Spyckar, France
208 Road To Kozani Pass RAF roundel.svg Roundel of New Zealand.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 13 April 1941 Komanos, Greece
209 The Akroiri Peninsula Defense RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 20 May 1941 Profitilias, Crete
210 Commando Raid At Dieppe RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 18 August 1942 Varengeville, France

Rogue Series 200[edit]

The Rogue Scenarios Series 200, named because they used boards 9, 10 and 11 which were not "official" boards at the time, utilized rules up to Crescendo of Doom. Some of the scenarios needed multiple copies of several boards; if one wanted to play Scenario R220, which combined Scenarios R218 and R219 into one large scenario played in three parts - foreshadowing campaign games in Historical ASL.

# Title Allies Axis Date Location
R211 Auld Lang Syne US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 1 January 1945 Gerimont, France
R212 On The Road To Andalsnes Norwegian Army Air Service WW2.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 April 1940 near Andalsnes, Norway
R213 Traverse Right...FIRE! Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 23 June 1941 S of Bialystok, Poland
R214 The Front In Flames Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 22 August 1943 S of Kharkov, USSR
R215 Hasty Pudding RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 27 May 1940 near Dunkirk, France
R216 A Small Town In Germany Maple Leaf (from roundel).svg Balkenkreuz.svg 8 April 1945 Friesoythe, Germany
R217 The Whirlwind US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 18 April 1945 Aschaffenburg, Germany
R218 Operation Switchback Maple Leaf (from roundel).svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 October 1944 Scheldt estuary, Holland
R219 Scheldt Fortress South Maple Leaf (from roundel).svg RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 25 October 1944 Scheldt estuary, Holland
R220 Clearing the Breskens Pocket Maple Leaf (from roundel).svg RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 October 1944 Scheldt estuary, Holland
R221 Vitality I Maple Leaf (from roundel).svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 October 1944 South Beveland, Holland
R222 Infatuate II RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 1 November 1944 Westkapelle, Walcheren Island, Holland
R223 Night Drop US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 June 1944 Cherbourg Peninsula, France

Series 300[edit]

Avalon Hill released Series 300 with additional scenarios for GI: Anvil of Victory.

# Title Allies Axis Date Location
300 Trial by Combat USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 27 February 1945 Elsdrof, Germany
301 The Clearing USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 10 October 1944 Huertgen Forest, Germany
302 Stand Fast USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 10 December 1944 Obergeich, Germany
303 Thrust and Parry USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 15 March 1945 Pfaffenheck, Germany
304 Riposte USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 15 March 1945 Pfaffenheck, Germany
305 The Duel USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 15 March 1945 Pfaffenheck, Germany
306 The Rag Tag Circus USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 12 April 1845 Barby on the Elbe, Germany
307 Point D'Appui USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 9 October 1944 Bardebberg, Germany
308 Han-Sur-Neid USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 11 November 1944 Han-sur-Neid, France
309 The Roer Bridgehead USAAC Roundel 1919-1941.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 23 February 1945 Koerrenzig, Germany

The General Magazine[edit]

Over the years, Avalon Hill also released scenarios in issues of their The General Magazine.

# ID Title Allies Axis Date Location
15-6 A Burzevo Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 2 December 1941 Burzevo, USSR
15-6 B Hill 253.5 Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 9 July 1943 North of Kursk, USSR
15-6 C The Burkin Bridgehead Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 September 1943 SE of Kiev, Ukraine
15-6 D Delaying Action Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 30 October 1944 Western Lithuania
17-2 E The Niscemi-Biscari Highway US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 10 July 1943 Biscari, Sicily
17-2 F The Pouppeville Exit US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 June 1944 Normandy, France
17-2 G Devil's Hill US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 19 September 1944 Kleve-Nijmegen, Holland
17-2 H The Attempt to Relieve Peiper US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 21 December 1944 the Ardennes, Belgium
17-2 I Hunters from the Sky US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 March 1945 Rhine River, Germany
18-2 J Semper Paratus Maple Leaf (from roundel).svg Balkenkreuz.svg 27 September 1944 Oorderen, Holland
18-3 K Fast Heinz Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 7 August 1944 Roslayl, USSR
18-4 L The Long Road RAF roundel.svg French-roundel.svg 16 September 1942 S of Andriba, Madagascar
18-5 M The Dead of Winter Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 29 December 1941 NW of Staritsa, Russia
19-5 TS1 First Crisis at Army Group North Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 25 June 1941 Daugav River, USSR
19-5 TS2 Pavlov's House Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 20 October 1942 Stalingrad, USSR
19-5 TS3 Land Leviathans Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 3 July 1941 Lipki, USSR
19-5 TS4 Soldiers of Destruction Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 10 October 1944 Radzymin, Poland
19-6 N Faugh A'Ballagh! RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 16 May 1944 Sinagoga, Italy
20-2 1000 Operation Marston RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg Italy-Royal-Airforce.svg 14 July 1943 Catania, Sicily
20-4 O Strayer's Strays US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 6 June 1944 Normandy, France
20-6 SSTK 1a Death's Head at Lusho Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 September 1941 Lusho, USSR
20-6 SSTK 1b Death's Head at Lusho Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 24 September 1941 Lusho, USSR
21-2 P Aachen's Pall US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 25 October 1944 Aachen, Germany
21-3 Q Gambit Roundel of New Zealand.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 21 May 1941 Maleme, Crete
21-4 2000 Operation Hubertus Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 11 November 1942 Stalingrad, USSR
22-5 3000 Assault on Round Top Red star.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 30 September 1944 N of Riga, Latvia

ASL Annual[edit]

The final "official" scenarios issued by Avalon Hill for the original Squad Leader game were in the first two issues of the ASL Annual.

Issue # Title Allies Axis Date Location
ASL Annual '89 A1 On the Borderline Red star.svg Finnish air force roundel 1934-1945 border.svg 30 November 1939 Artahuhta, Finland
ASL Annual '89 A2 Sbeitla Probe US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 17 February 1943 Sbeitla, Tunisia
ASL Annual '89 A3 Regalbuto Ridge RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 31 July 1943 Regalbuto, Italy
ASL Annual '90 A4 King's Castle US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 26 November 1944 Frenzenberg, Germany
ASL Annual '90 A5 The Professionals Roundel of the Royal Yugoslav Air Force.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 7 April 1941 Pirot, Yugoslavia
ASL Annual '90 A6 A Meeting of Patrols US roundel 1942-1943.svg Balkenkreuz.svg 26 December 1944 Hofen, Belgium
ASL Annual '92 ACG Commando Campaign Game RAF roundel.svg Balkenkreuz.svg

All official Squad Leader scenarios printed by Avalon Hill have been reissued for Advanced Squad Leader and released in either The General Magazine, ASL Annuals or scenario packs. The ASL Journal had released seven scenarios for Squad Leader but Multi-Man Publishing has indicated no intention to support the original SL game system.

Scenario Listing - Non Official Scenarios[edit]

Wargamer Magazine[edit]

The Wargamer Magazine also released scenarios 81-90, and a pack with scenarios 91-100 in 1982. These were designed by many of the contributors and players who helped design "official" scenarios.

Scenario 81 A Bridge Too Near
Scenario 82 To Lose A Battle
Scenario 83 The Final Attempt
Scenario 84 Le Paradis
Scenario 85 The Far Bank
Scenario 86 Raid on Vaagso
Scenario 87 The Bruneval Raid
Scenario 88 The Backwater of War
Scenario 89 Cherkasskoye
Scenario 90 The Bridge at Kanev
Scenario 91 Assault At Wadelincourt
Scenario 92 Patton's End Run
Scenario 93 Cassino Station
Scenario 94 Hill 112
Scenario 95 The Attempt To Exploit
Scenario 96 Scratch Force
Scenario 97 The Breaking Wave
Scenario 98 Night Assault
Scenario 99 Cooperative Venture
Scenario 100 A Day At The Races

REFERENCES[edit]

The Australian Wargamer - Original Squad Leader scenarios

ASL Scenario Archive

ASL.Net

WARGAME ACADEMY; Resource for Historical Boardgaming Simulation - SQUAD LEADER ACADEMY SQL SERIES SCENARIO RESOURCES