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Kosturino December 1915

This is a Great War Spearhead Scenario based in Macedonia at the close of 1915. It is based on the action at Kosturino but with some amendments to the order of battle to improve the playability of the scenario. The actual battle is  described in Action at Kosturino on this site.

British Briefing

You are General Nicol commanding the British 10th Division. Your division was ordered north in conjunction with French troops into Serbia with the aim of joining up with retreating Serbian armies. However, with Bulgaria joining the Central Powers the Serbian retreat has been cut off and is diverting through Albania. The Entente Powers have therefore decided to withdraw back into Greece.

Your division is currently holding a defensive position at Kosturino a village which commands the only road pass through the mountains to the Vardar valley which is held by the French (on your left flank). Your right flank is open although given the height of the mountains is only passable by light troops. Your line of retreat diverts from this road near Tatarli through Dedeli and back to prepared defences on the Greek border at Lake Doiran. Communications with the French are patchy but if the Bulgars break through your line they will be able to cut off the retreating French army. You are therefore ordered to hold Kosturino until ordered to evacuate when you will have to engage in a fighting withdrawal back down your lines of communication to Doiran.

Intelligence reports that a German division and a Bulgar division stiffened by an Austrian mountain Regt. are massing for an assault. There are no gas shells available to either side.

ORBAT

10th Division (all Regular)

1 HQ Stand

 

29 Brigade (right flank)

1 HQ Stand

3 Infantry Battalions each with: (one in Divisional reserve at Tartarli)

1 MG Stand

4 Infantry Stands

 

30 Brigade (Centre)

1 HQ Stand

3 Infantry Battalions each with:

1 MG Stand

4 Infantry Stands

 

31 Brigade (Left)

1 HQ Stand

3 Infantry Battalions each with:

1 MG Stand

4 Infantry Stands

 

Divisional Assets

3 18pdr Gun Brigades (3 guns each)

1 Divisional Cavalry Stand

2 Rolls Royce Armoured Cars

1 Fighter Aircraft stand

 

There is an Italian Regt between Doiran and Dedelli which will come under your command.

1 HQ Stand

3 Infantry Battalions each with:

1 MG Stand

4 Infantry Stands

The French 156th Division is on your left. In extremis you may request support from them.

 

Bulgarian Briefing

You are General Todorov commanding the Bulgarian 2nd Army advancing after the retreating French and British forces in Macedonia. The British hold the key defensive position at Kosturino. If you can break through there the French will be caught in the flank and you can cut their retreat down the Vardar valley.

 

2nd Bulgarian Division (Part) (Regular)

1 HQ Stand

 

14th Regiment

1 HQ stand

1 MG stand

4 Battalions each with:

4 Infantry stands

 

28th Regiment

1 HQ stand

1 MG stand

4 Battalions each with:

4 Infantry stands

 

44th Regiment

1 HQ stand

1 MG stand

4 Battalions each with:

4 Infantry stands

 

Austrian Mountain Regt (Veteran)

1 HQ Stand

3 Battalions each with:

1 MG Stand

4 Infantry stands

 

Divisional Assets

2 Regts of 75mm Guns

1 Regt of 87mm guns

1 Regt of 75mm Mountain guns

3 Cavalry stands

 

Hippel Division (Regular)

1 HQ stand

 

Infantry Regiment

1 HQ Stand

3 Battalions each with:

1 MG Stand

4 Infantry stands

 

Infantry Regiment

1 HQ Stand

3 Battalions each with:

1 MG Stand

4 Infantry stands

 

Infantry Regiment

1 HQ Stand

3 Battalions each with:

1 MG Stand

4 Infantry stands

 

Divisional Assets

3 Regts. of 77mm Guns

3 Cavalry stands

2 76mm trench mortars

1 Fighter aircraft

 

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