Battle of Port Lyautey - November 08, 1942 - November 11, 1942

Operation Goalpost - Operation Goalpost
Mediterranean Theater By: 50th - Last update: 04/13/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x8 x6 x4


Historical Background:
The beaches at Port Lyautey lay 100 miles north of Casablanca and was one of three landing areas to take the city. The landings took place on November 8th 1942. General Lucian Truscott commanding the operation, delayed the landings until 04:30. It was hoped that the French under the command of Charles Petit would not fire on the Americans. And the French did not want to, but without orders to the contrary, they opened fire. A unit consisting of five M-5 Stuart tanks had landed earlier to guard the southern approach to the beaches. They didn't know it, but a group of French Renault R35 tanks were moving up the road. As the landing craft hit the beaches, the USS Dallas, a WWI destroyer stripped of her armament to lighten her for channel traffic, began moving up the Sebou river. The guns at the Kasbah, an old fort, missed the Dallas as she made her run to dispatch troops north of the airfield. At the helm of the Dallas was Rene Malavergne, the first civilian to receive the Navy Cross for the expert handling of the old destroyer through the channel. As troops landed on green beach, they came under fire of the 250 French troops in the Kasbah, which also had use of artillery mounted on railroad cars by the bluff behind the Kasbah. The American M-5 Stuart tanks engaged the French Renault tanks and infantry on the 10th and were taking a beating until an American aircraft saw the battle and directed Navy gunfire onto the French. An American M-7 howitzer was called up to blast the doors of the Kasbah, but the shells bounced off. It was again, Navy gunfire that brought down the walls of the Kasbah and the French inside surrendered. A truce was declared on the 11th.

Briefing:
Allies: Take six command cards and move first. Allies cannot battle in first turn as they waited to see if the Vichy French would attack.

Axis: Take four command cards and move last. You get first fire.

Conditions of Victory:
Allies: Take the USS Dallas up to the landing area and disembark troops to take the airfield. You must take the airfield hex, the Kasbah, and the Port Lyautey victory hexes and one more victory point to win. The Kasbah and the airfield are permanent medal hexes, the port hex is a temporary medal hex.

Axis: Keep the three victory medals and take five more to win.

Special Rules:
Use aircraft carrier as the USS Dallas. The USS Dallas must go up the Sebou river and land it's troops at the landing area. It functions like a destroyer, but has no guns. It moves two hexes, and takes three hits to destroy. It is not removed when the infantry land on the landing area.

The light tanks are American M-5 Stuarts and French Renault R35's and use the following rules; 2 figures, move 3 and shoot 3,2,2.
Forward Spotting Artillery rules is in effect for the lighthouse. See Terrain Pack page 7 or Actions card #4.
Rafts and Boats rules are in effect for units landed on Red beach. See TP page 7 or Actions card #5.
For rules on landing craft, see Air Pack rules page 11 or Troops card #15.
For rules on the river mouth (same as river) see PT rules page 6 or Terrain card #8.
For rules on Armored Trains, see TP rules page 13, or Troops card #7.

Scenario Bibliography:
Patton 360 -documentary
The War in the Desert by Time Life WWII books
Wikipedia

Warning:
Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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