The Battle of Lanzerath Ridge was fought on December 16, 1944, the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, near the village of Lanzerath, Belgium, along a key route for the German advance. The American defenders consisted of 18 men from the 394th Infantry Regiment's intelligence and against a German battalion of about 500 paratroopers and another 50 German soldiers from a fusillier regiment. During a day-long confrontation, the Americans inflicted dozens of casualties ont he Germans and delayed the advance of the entire 1st SS Panzer Division, the spearhead of the German 6th Panzer Army.
Object of the Game
In Lanzerath Ridge you take control of the American defenders. Under your command the defenders must fend off relentless attacks from German paratroopers and fusiliers. Your goal is to recreate the incredible historic accomplishment by defending the key roads in the town and delaying the advance of an SS Panzer Division. In the game, this accomplishment is represented by playing through four waves of German attackers. You must maintain morale, report critical intelligence, accomplish special objectives, and hold your position at all cost.
Lanzerath Ridge is the next design in the Valiant Defense series, following the award winning and critically acclaimed Pavlov's House, Castle Itter, and Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms. The Valiant Defense series allows you to play amazing stories of courage, with small forces holding the line against unimaginable odds. Games in the series focus on the individual defenders and are deeply rooted in history, while providing a quick play experience with a light complexity ruleset.
- 155 Cards
4 Sheets of Counters
4 Reference Sheets
33"x17" Mounted Board