Historical Background Briefing Conditions of
Battle of Westerplatte Version 2
- Part of Invasion of Poland
The Battle of Westerplatte was the very first battle that took place after Germany invaded Poland and World War II
began in Europe. During the first week of September 1939, a Military Transit Depot (Wojskowy Sk?ad Transportowy,
WST) on the peninsula of Westerplatte, manned by fewer than 200 Polish soldiers, held out for seven days in the face
of an overwhelming German attack. The defense of Westerplatte served as an inspiration for the Polish Army and
people as the successful German advances continued elsewhere and today is still regarded as a symbol of resistance to
At the end of August 1939, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein sailed to Danzig (Gda?sk) under the pretext of a
courtesy visit and anchored in the channel 164 yards (150m) from Westerplatte. On board was a Shock troop
(Stoßtruppen) assault company with orders to launch an attack against the Westerplatte on the morning of August 26.
However, shortly before disembarkation, the order to attack was rescinded. As a result of Britain and Poland having
signed the Polish-British Common Defence Pact on August 25, and also being informed that Italy was hesitant in
fulfilling its obligations regarding the Pact of Steel, Adolf Hitler postponed the opening of hostilities.
The Germans had an SS-Heimwehr force of 1500 men led by Police General Friedrich-Georg Eberhardt
and 225 Marines under Lieutenant Wilhelm Henningsen to attack the depot. Overall command was handed to
Rear-Admiral Gustav Kleikamp aboard the Schleswig-Holstein. He moved his ship farther upstream on August 26. Major
Henryk Sucharski put his garrison on heightened alert.
Axis (Germany) 6 Command Cards
Allied (Polish) 4 Command Cards
Conditions of Victory
- Pioneer platoon (Is Combat Engineers Troops 4)
- The German Battleship (Destroyers Troop 12)
- Special Weapon Assets are in effect (SWAS 1)
- 1 Polish Mortar 81mm (SWAS 3)
- 1 Polish Machine Gun (SWAS 7)
- Air rules - the 2 Air sortie cards are in the pile. If the
allied player take one or the Air power card he discard it
and take another in the pile
- Use Blitz Rules (Action 15)
- 3 Marine-Stoßtrupp-Kompanie (Is Specialized Units
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