The Germans in Tunisia, while
caged, had definitely not been tamed. Despite losing the strategic initiative,
they carried out a number of counter-attacks and local offensives. One such
maneuver was Operation Fruehlingswind (Spring Wind), with had as one of
its objectives the town of Sbeitla. The morning of the 16th saw U.S. armored
units counter-attack to try and push back the two attacking German columns.
A pitched battle ensued, with strong armored forces, artillery and aircraft
engaged on both sides.
Attacker: German (Elements of Kampfgruppe Pfeiffer, 21st Panzer Division)
Defender: American (Elements of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Armored Division and 1st U.S. Armored Division)
Turns: 7.5 Players: 2 OBA: Both Night: No
Sbeitla, Tunisia 1943-02-16
Squads: A:12.0 D:11.5
AFVs: A:13 PzKpfw VIE x 1 PzKpfw IVF2 x 4 PzKpfw IIIL x 4 SPW 251/sMG x 1 SPW 251/10 x 1 SPW 251/1 x 2 SdKfz 10/4 x 1
D:9 Lee(a) x 2 M4 x 2 M10 GMC x 2 M3 ht x 2 T19 HMC x 1 2 1/2-Ton x 2 Jeep(a) x 1
Guns: A:0 D:3 M1 81mm Mortar x 1 M3A1 37mm AT Gun x 2