Battle of Agordat - January 21, 1941

Last cavalry charge of "Commandante Diavolo"
By: jdrommel - Last update: 08/24/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
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first You play first    


Historical Background:
Young Italian cavalry officer, Amedeo Guillet was involved in the Abyssinia campaign in 1935. Seriously wounded, he received his first medals for Gallatry in the battle. Then in 1937, he participated in the Spanish civil war in the tanks unit of the "Fiamme Nere"Division. In 1939, He was in Eritrea to fight against the Ethiopian guerilla, at that time he was qualified as "Commandante Diavolo" by his troopers. In January of 1941, the British advance threatened the city of Agordat, Lieutenant Guillet, with 500 native troopers decided to charge a British column of the "Gazelle Force" on the road to Barentù. Composed with Indian infantrymen of the 4/11th Sikh Regiment, guns of the 25th Field Artillery Regiment and Matildas tanks of the Surrey & Sussex Yeomanry, the British column had a bivouac for the night. In the early morning of the 21st of January, the cavalry charge created a wave of panic in the camp but during the second charge, all British weapons fired against the troopers : rifles, field guns and tanks machine-guns. When Amedeo Guillet reassembled his troopers, only 180 were still alive, but the "Gazelle Force" was stopped for a while.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
Axis player [Italy]
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Allied player [Great Britain]
Take 5 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

The capture of the HQ is a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5 - BCF Command Rules) to all Allied units.

Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nation 6 - Royal Italian Army) to all Axis units, badges are not required.

Use "Cavalry" rules (Troops 8 - Cavalry) to all Axis units, badges are not required.

Use "Heroic Leader" rules (Actions 8 - Heroic Leader) to the Axis unit marked with a Battlestar.

Use "Capture HQ/supply tent" rules (Actions 17 - Capture HQ/Supply Tent).

Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19 - Night Attacks).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Champs de bataille Thématique n°13 - Afrique orientale 1940-41, Mussolini perd son empire.
- Biography of Amedeo Guillet.

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