Alternative Titles/Edition History:
Critical Hit (2010)
Afrika Korps-Hellfire Pass and Beyond (AK-HPB) is the 11th in Critical Hit’s Afrika Korps 12-part series of scenario packs, all of them converted from its ATS tactical game system. Ownership of both Afrika Korps-El Alamein and Afrika Korps-Battle of Gazala is required to play the scenarios in this pack; thus it costs $144 to play a single scenario in this pack.
The scenarios in this pack have no real unifying theme, other than they are all set after Operation Battleaxe in 1941. Nationalities featured include British/Commonwealth, Italians, and Germans. All of the scenarios are set on one AK map, or a portion of one. Half of the scenarios are large in size, with the remainder divided between medium and small. Air Support is present in one scenario; the Night rules are present in two. OBA appears in two scenarios. One of the scenarios features an all-armor OB for one size. The British are on the attack in most of the scenarios.
Several of the scenarios feature special rules to represent prominent people on the battlefield. Overall, though, the scenarios are SSR-light. Several of the scenarios look interesting. One is AK85 (The Pastor’s Punch), which depicts part of the action at Hellfire Pass in June 1941, when a British attack against commanding German anti-tank defenses ended in defeat. This scenario pits 18.5 elite British squads, accompanied by 10 AFVs, in an attack against 10.5 elite German squads, assisted by 4 AFVs and 5 guns, including 2 of the dreaded 88mm Flak guns. AK91 (Ed Duda Knights) is an interesting small Night action, featuring a New Zealand infantry attack against an Italian Bersaglieri position.
3rd Edition (Überfox series): In 2018, Critical Hit recycled the entire Afrika Korps series, including this product, as the Überfox series. It’s basically the Afrika Korps series using a map with larger hexes. Most, though not all of the products received new names (though scenario names remained the same). See that series entry for more information on this iteration of the series, including this product.