Squad Leader Scenarios

Squad Leader was notable for its open-endedness, a trend common to tactical wargames by their very nature and subject matter. The use of geomorphic mapboards and counters representing small tactical sub-units gave the game great flexibility and the ability to represent a wide array of units and situations.

These situations were formulated in the form of stand-alone Scenarios. The basic game came with 12 of these scenarios pre-made, and "official" scenarios, numbered in sequence, followed on in the three "gamettes". There were also many "official" scenarios (that is to say, scenarios published by Avalon Hill) in The General Magazine or sold as special releases (such as the so-called Rogue Scenarios).

Scenario Format

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

  • 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

The "official" scenarios were 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

These were simply an illustration evocative of the events portrayed in the scenario, usually a black and white artist's 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

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

Board Configuration and Orientation

A graphic representation of which boards to use (or which portions of boards), how to orient them to each other, which direction was considered "north" (important for outlining setup, entry and exit areas), and placement of terrain overlays (if any).

Listing of Rules Sections Introduced

The four basic games used Programmed Instruction to teach the game system; each official scenario released directly with the games listed the rules sections introduced with each scenario.

Victory Conditions

Squad Leader used very imaginative sets of victory conditions, some of which were often quite complicated. Conditions were set under which each player might consider the game to have been won, or in some cases, conditions which would indicate the scenario had been played to a draw. The Victory Conditions were modelled as closely as possible to real life military objectives, as well as the historical situation being modelled. Therefore a scenario based on a deliberate assault on a village might specify occupation at game end of particular buildings on a particular map to be indicative of victory in that scenario. A scenario based on a withdrawal might specify that a certain number of units had to be exited from the map in order to achieve a victory in a scenario, with the opposing player required to stop such exiting in order to achieve victory.

Turn Record Chart

In most cases, fixed time limits existed for scenarios, and one side (Axis or Allied) was required to set up first and/or move first. The turn record chart also listed turns on which scheduled reinforcements would (or might) arrive.

Countermix and Historical Identity of Scenario Forces

Each scenario in the official game releases was based on an actual historical event (with the exception of Scenario 26 which was based on a hypothetical operation). As such, historical names were provided to the forces of each side (sometimes vaguely, as in "elements of the 62nd Army") and other times very specifically down to the company or event platoon level.

Countermixes were specified for both players in concrete terms, with number of units being specified as well as where they were to set up (or enter, if arriving after game start as reinforcements).

Scenario Special Rules

Scenario Special Rules (or SSRs) provided even more flexibility to scenario designers in achieving a historical feel to their situations. All manner of rule modifications could be specified here in order to achieve particular effects on gameplay.

Variations

Suggestions on minor alterations to force mixes, victory conditions, turn length or other game conditions were suggested here as a guide to providing assistance to one side or another in a scenario, for example if balancing a scenario between players of unequal skill, or if the scenario was felt to be "unbalanced" (biased) towards one side.

Historical Aftermath

A one paragraph recount of the actual historical outcome of the situation being depicted.

Official Scenarios (Games and Gamettes)

Other Official Scenarios (Avalon Hill)

Avalon Hill released Series 100, consisting of ten new scenarios for Cross of Iron, in 1979. The scenarios were designed by Courtney Allen (SL playtester and designer of Storm Over Arnhem). Avalon Hill released Series 200 with 10 new scenarios for Crescendo of Doom.

The Rogue Scenarios Series 200, so called because they used boards 9, 10 and 11 which were not "official" boards of the series at that time, was released with scenarios R211 to R223 and utilized rules up to and including Crescendo of Doom. Some of the scenarios in this set also caused consternation in that multiple copies of several boards were necessary if one wanted to play Scenario R220, which combined Scenarios R218 and R219 into one large scenario played in three parts - a foreshadowing of the later Campaign Games in Historical ASL. These scenarios (and one other) featured Canadian units, which had not been done up to this point in "official" printed SL scenarios. Avalon Hill finally released Series 300 with additional scenarios for GI: Anvil of Victory.

Over the years, Avalon Hill also released some scenarios in The General Magazine, in the form of "inserts".

World Wide Wargamers also released scenarios 81-90, and a further pack with scenarios numbered 91-100 in 1982.

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

Scenario Listing 

Released in Number Title Allies Axis Date

ASL No.

Location

Squad Leader Scenario 1 The Guards Counterattack Squadleaderger.gif 6 October 1942 A Gen 22:6, ASL Classic
Squad Leader Scenario 2 The Tractor Works Squadleaderger.gif 6 October 1942 B Gen 22:6, ASL Classic
Squad Leader Scenario 3 The Streets of Stalingrad Squadleaderger.gif 6 October 1942 C Gen 22:6, ASL Classic
Squad Leader Scenario 4 The Hedgehog of Piepsk Squadleaderger.gif 14 November 1941 D Gen 23:2, ASL Classic
Squad Leader Scenario 5 Hill 621 Squadleaderger.gif 1 July 1944 E Gen 23:2, ASL Classic
Squad Leader Scenario 6 Escape From Velikiye Luki Squadleaderger.gif 12 January 1943 H Gen 24:1, ASL Classic
Squad Leader Scenario 7 Buchholz Station Squadleaderger.gif 16 December 1944 I Gen 24:4, ASL Classic
Squad Leader Scenario 8 The Bitche Salient Squadleaderger.gif 14 January 1945 J Gen 24:4, ASL Classic
Squad Leader Scenario 9 The Cannes Strongpoint Squadleaderger.gif 23 August 1944 K Gen 25:2
Squad Leader Scenario 10 Hitdorf on the Rhine Squadleaderger.gif 6 April 1945 L Gen 25:2
Squad Leader Scenario 10 The St. Goar Assault Squadleaderger.gif 24 March 1945 O Gen 26:1
Squad Leader Scenario 12 The Road to Wiltz Squadleaderger.gif 17 December 1944 P Gen 26:1
Cross of Iron Scenario 13 The Capture of Balta Squadleaderger.gif 3 August 1941 J29 ASL Journal 2
Cross of Iron Scenario 14 The Paw of the Tiger Squadleaderger.gif 12 January 1943 F Gen 23:5, ASL Classic
Cross of Iron Scenario 15 Hube's Pocket Squadleaderger.gif 6 April 1944 G Gen 23:5, ASL Classic
Cross of Iron Scenario 16 Sowchos 79 Squadleaderger.gif 8 December 1942 U28 Turning the Tide
Cross of Iron Scenario 17 Debacle at Korosten Squadleaderger.gif 30 August 1941 A106 Annual '97
130 Beyond Valor v.2
Cross of Iron Scenario 18 The Defense of Luga Squadleaderger.gif 19 July 1941 W Gen 32:3
Cross of Iron Scenario 19 A Winter Melee Squadleaderger.gif 17 February 1942 U27 Turning the Tide
Cross of Iron Scenario 20 Breakout From Borisov Squadleaderger.gif  2 July 1941 U25 Turning the Tide
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 21 Battle for the Warta Line Squadleaderger.gif 6 September 1939 U15 Turning the Tide
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 22 The Borders are Burning 30 November 1939 A10 ASL Annual '89
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 23 Silent Death 9 December 1939 A11 ASL Annual '89
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 24 Action at Balberkamp Squadleaderger.gif 22 April 1940 A63 ASL Annual '93b
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 25 Resistance at Chabrehez Squadleaderger.gif 10 May 1940 U17 Turning the Tide
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 26 Assault on a Queen Squadleaderger.gif 11 May 1940 U18 Turning the Tide
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 27 The Dinant Bridgehead Squadleaderger.gif 13 May 1940 A65 ASL Annual '93b
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 28 Counterstroke at Stonne Squadleaderger.gif 15 May 1940 A66 ASL Annual '93b
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 29 In Rommel's Wake Squadleaderger.gif 17 May 1940 A96 ASL Annual '96
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 30 Ad Hoc at Beaurains Squadleaderger.gif 21 May 1940 A40 ASL Annual '92
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 31 Chateau de Quesnoy Squadleaderger.gif 6 June 1940 A64 ASL Annual '93b
Crescendo of Doom Scenario 32 Rehearsal for Crete Squadleaderger.gif 26 April 1941 U23 Turning the Tide
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 33 A Belated Christmas Squadleaderger.gif 27 December 1944 U9 A G.I.'s Dozen
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 34 Climax at Nijmegen Bridge Squadleaderger.gif 20 September 1944  U4 A G.I.'s Dozen
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 35 The French Decide to Fight 10 November 1942 U1 A G.I.'s Dozen
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 36 Weissenhof Crossroads Squadleaderger.gif 16 December 1944 U8 A G.I.'s Dozen
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 37 Medal of Honor Squadleaderger.gif 21 September 1944 A75 ASL Annual '95
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 38 The Factory Squadleaderger.gif 11 February 1944  U3 A G.I.'s Dozen
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 39 Sweep For Bordj Toum Bridge Squadleaderger.gif 10 December 1942 U2 A G.I.'s Dozen
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 40 The Dornot Watermark Squadleaderger.gif 10 September 1944 U34 Rivers to the Reich
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 41 Swatting at Tigers Squadleaderger.gif 11 July 1943 U30 Turning the Tide
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 42 Bridgehead on the Rhine Squadleaderger.gif 24 March 1945 U45 Rivers to the Reich
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 43 Action at Kommerscheidt Squadleaderger.gif 4 November 1944 U6 A G.I.'s Dozen
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 44 Prelude to Breakout Squadleaderger.gif 7 July 1944 A78 ASL Annual '95
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 45 Hide and Seek Squadleaderger.gif 7 June 1944 A77 ASL Annual '95
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 46 Operation Varsity Squadleaderger.gif 24 March 1945 U44 Rivers to the Reich
G.I.: Anvil of Victory Scenario 47 Encircling the Ruhr Squadleaderger.gif 30 March 1945 U46 Rivers to the Reich

World Wide Wargamers I

Scenario 81 A Bridge Too Near Squadleaderger.gif 21 April 1940    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 82 To Lose A Battle Squadleaderger.gif 16 May 1940    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 83 The Final Attempt Squadleaderger.gif 22 May 1940    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 84 Le Paradis Squadleaderger.gif 26 May 1940    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 85 The Far Bank Squadleaderger.gif 7 July 1941    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 86 Raid on Vaagso Squadleaderger.gif 27 December 1941    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 87 The Bruneval Raid Squadleaderger.gif 28 February 1942    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 88 The Backwater of War Squadleaderger.gif 6 May 1942    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 89 Cherkasskoye Squadleaderger.gif 5 July 1943    
World Wide Wargamers I Scenario 90 The Bridge at Kanev Squadleaderger.gif 23 September 1943    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 91 Assault At Wadelincourt Squadleaderger.gif 14 May 1940    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 92 Patton's End Run Squadleaderger.gif 11 August 1943    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 93 Cassino Station Squadleaderger.gif 17 February 1944    
World Wide Wargamers II

Scenario 94

Hill 112 Squadleaderger.gif 27 June 1944    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 95 The Attempt To Exploit Squadleaderger.gif 26 July 1944    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 96 Scratch Force Squadleaderger.gif 7 September 1944    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 97 The Breaking Wave Squadleaderger.gif 19 December 1944    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 98 Night Assault Squadleaderger.gif 26 March 1945    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 99 Cooperative Venture Squadleaderger.gif 28 March 1945    
World Wide Wargamers II Scenario 100 A Day At The Races Squadleaderger.gif 4 May 1945    

Series 100

Scenario 101 Blocking Action at Lipki Squadleaderger.gif 3 July 1941 A44 ASL Annual '92
Series 100 Scenario 102 Slamming of the Door Squadleaderger.gif 17 August 1941 A7 ASL Annual '89
Series 100 Scenario 103 Bald Hill Squadleaderger.gif 11 September 1941 U26 Turning the Tide
Series 100 Scenario 104 The Penetration of Rostov Squadleaderger.gif 24 July 1942 A17 ASL Annual '90
Series 100 Scenario 105 Night Battle at Noromatyevka Squadleaderger.gif 1 January 1943 U29 Turning the Tide
Series 100 Scenario 106

Beachhead at Ozereyka Bay

Squadleaderger.gif 4 February 1943 A26 ASL Annual '91
Series 100 Scenario 107 Disaster On The Dneiper Loop Squadleaderger.gif 24 September 1943 U32 Turning the Tide
Series 100 Scenario 108 Block Busting in Bokruisk Squadleaderger.gif 29 June 1944 J8 ASL Journal 1
Series 100

Scenario 109

Counterattack On The Vistula Squadleaderger.gif 6 August 1944 A21 ASL Annual '90
Series 100 Scenario 110 The Agony of Doom Squadleaderger.gif 19 April 1945 A8 ASL Annual '89

Series 200

Scenario 201 Sacrifice Of Polish Armor Squadleaderger.gif 1 September 1939 U14 Turning the Tide
Series 200 Scenario 202 Under Cover Of Darkness Squadleaderger.gif 12 September 1939 U16 Turning the Tide
Series 200

Scenario 203

Bitter Defense At Otta Squadleaderger.gif 28 May 1940 J38 ASL Journal 3
Series 200 Scenario 204 Chance D'une Affaire Squadleaderger.gif 14 May 1940 U Gen 30:5
Series 200 Scenario 205 Last Defense Line Squadleaderger.gif 15 May 1940 A94 ASL Annual '96
Series 200

Scenario 206

Fighting At The World's Edge Squadleaderger.gif 28 May 1940 U20 Turning the Tide
Series 200 Scenario 207

The French Perimeter

Squadleaderger.gif 2 June 1940 U21 Turning the Tide
Series 200 Scenario 208 Road To Kozani Pass Squadleaderger.gif 13 April 1940 U22 Turning the Tide
Series 200 Scenario 209 The Akroiri Peninsula Defense Squadleaderger.gif 20 May 1940 T15 Gen 29:1

Series 200

Scenario 210 Commando Raid At Dieppe Squadleaderger.gif 18 August 1942(sic) T13 Gen 28:6
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R211 Auld Lang Syne Squadleaderger.gif 1 January 1945 V Gen 31:3
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R212 On The Road To Andalsnes Squadleaderger.gif 24 April 1940 A31 Annual '91
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R213 Traverse Right...FIRE! Squadleaderger.gif 23 June 1941 W1 MMP Website
U24 Turning the Tide
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R214 The Front In Flames Squadleaderger.gif 22 August 1943 W2 MMP Website
U31 Turning the Tide
Rogue Scenarios

Scenario R215

Hasty Pudding

Squadleaderger.gif 27 May 1940 U19 Turning the Tide
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R216 A Small Town In Germany Squadleaderger.gif 8 April 1945 U47 Rivers to the Reich
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R217 The Whirlwind Squadleaderger.gif 18 April 1945 S Gen 28:4
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R218 Operation Switchback Squadleaderger.gif 6 October 1944 U36 Rivers to the Reich
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R219 Scheldt Fortress South Squadleaderger.gif 25 October 1944 U37 Rivers to the Reich
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R220

Clearing the Breskens Pocket

Squadleaderger.gif 6 October 1944 U38 Rivers to the Reich
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R221

Vitality I

Squadleaderger.gif 24 October 1944 U40 Rivers to the Reich
Rogue Scenarios Scenario R222 Infatuate II Squadleaderger.gif 1 November 1944 U41 Rivers to the Reich

Rogue Scenarios

Scenario R223 Night Drop Squadleaderger.gif 6 June 1944 A76 ASL Annual '95
Series 300 Scenario 300 Trial by Combat Squadleaderger.gif 27 February 1945 U10 A G.I.'s Dozen
Series 300 Scenario 301 The Clearing Squadleaderger.gif 10 October 1944 U39 Rivers to the Reich
Series 300 Scenario 302 Stand Fast Squadleaderger.gif 10 December 1944 U42 Rivers to the Reich
Series 300 Scenario 303 Thrust and Parry Squadleaderger.gif 15 March 1945 U11 A G.I.'s Dozen
Series 300 Scenario 304 Riposte Squadleaderger.gif 15 March 1945 U12 A G.I.'s Dozen
Series 300 Scenario 305

The Duel

Squadleaderger.gif 15 March 1945 U13 A G.I.'s Dozen
Series 300 Scenario 306 The Rag Tag Circus Squadleaderger.gif 12 April 1945 U48 Rivers to the Reich
Series 300 Scenario 307

Point D'Appui

Squadleaderger.gif 9 October 1944 U5 A G.I.'s Dozen
Series 300 Scenario 308 Han-Sur-Neid Squadleaderger.gif 11 November 1944 U7 A G.I.'s Dozen
Series 300 Scenario 309 The Roer Bridgehead Squadleaderger.gif 23 February 1945 U43 Rivers to the Reich
The General 15-6 Scenario A Burzevo Squadleaderger.gif 2 December 1941 R Gen 28:3
The General 15-6    Scenario B Hill 253.5 Squadleaderger.gif 9 July 1943 T07 Gen 27:3
The General 15-6 Scenario C The Burkin Bridgehead      Squadleaderger.gif 24 September 1943 U33 Turning the Tide
The General 15-6 Scenario D Delaying Action Squadleaderger.gif October 1944 A49 ASL Annual '92
The General 17-2 Scenario E The Niscemi-Biscari Highway Squadleaderger.gif 10 July 1943 T09 Gen 28:1
The General 17-2 Scenario F The Pouppeville Exit Squadleaderger.gif 6 June 1944 T05 Gen 27:2
The General 17-2 Scenario G Devil's Hill Squadleaderger.gif 19 September 1944 T10 Gen 28:1
The General 17-2 Scenario H The Attempt to Relieve Peiper Squadleaderger.gif 21 December 1944 T11 Gen 28:2
The General 17-2 Scenario I  Hunters from the Sky Squadleaderger.gif 24 March 1945 T12 Gen 28:2
The General 18-2 Scenario J Semper Paratus  Squadleaderger.gif 27 September 1944 U35 Rivers to the Reich
The General 18-3 Scenario K Fast Heinz Squadleaderger.gif 7 August 1941 J78 ASL Journal 5
The General 18-4 Scenario L The Long Road 16 September 1942 A95 ASL Annual '96
The General 18-5          Scenario M The Dead of Winter Squadleaderger.gif 29 December 1941 T06 Gen 27:2
The General 19-5 Scenario TS1 First Crisis at Army Group North Squadleaderger.gif 25 June 1941 M Gen 25:3
The General 19-5 Scenario TS2 Pavlov's House Squadleaderger.gif 20 October 1942 T Gen 29:6
J82 ASL Journal 5
The General 19-5 Scenario TS3 Land Leviathans Squadleaderger.gif 3 July 1944 Q Gen 26:2
The General 19-5 Scenario TS4      Soldiers of Destruction Squadleaderger.gif 10 October 1944 N Gen 25:6
The General 19-6 Scenario N Faugh A'Ballagh! Squadleaderger.gif 16 May 1944 A93 ASL Annual '96
The General 20-2 Scenario 1000 Operation Marston Squadleaderger.gif 14-15 July 1943    
The General 20-4 Scenario O Strayer's Strays Squadleaderger.gif 6 June 1944 T16 Gen 29:1
The General 20-6 Scenario SSTK 1a Death's Head at Lusho   Squadleaderger.gif 24 September 1941    
The General 20-6 Scenario SSTK 1b Death's Head at Lusho Squadleaderger.gif 24 September 1941    
The General 21-2  Scenario P Aachen's Pall Squadleaderger.gif 15 October 1944 T08 Gen 27:3
 The General 21-3   Scenario Q Gambit Squadleaderger.gif 21 May 1941 T14 Gen 28:6
The General 21-4  Scenario 2000 Operation Hubertus Squadleaderger.gif 11 November 1942    
ASL Annual '89 Scenario A1 On the Borderline 30 November 1939 A16 ASL Annual '90
ASL Annual '89 Scenario A2 Sbeitla Probe Squadleaderger.gif 17 February 1943 A18 ASL Annual '90
ASL Annual '89 Scenario A3 Regalbuto Ridge Squadleaderger.gif 31 July 1943 A24 ASL Annual '90
ASL Annual '90 Scenario A4 King's Castle Squadleaderger.gif 26 November 1944 A27 ASL Annual '91
ASL Annual '90 Scenario A5 The Professionals Squadleaderger.gif 9 April 1941 A28 ASL Annual '91
ASL Annual '90 Scenario A6 A Meeting of Patrols Squadleaderger.gif 26 December 1944 A29 ASL Annual '91

 

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