Casa Berardi - December 14, 1943

Crossing the Gully
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/04/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
December 1943, the small coastal city of Ortona, on the Adriatic Sea, was the place of a violent battle between the British 8th Army and the German 10.Armee. Canadians of the 1st Canadian Division had to capture a strategic crossroad codenamed "Cider", on the road Ortona-Orsogna. To reach the crossroad, It was necessary to cross a gully, under the machine guns fire of the German soldiers of the Panzer Grenadier Regiment .200, entrenched in Casa Berardi, a massive building which overlook the gully. "C" company of the 22nd Royal Regiment, under the command of Captain Paul Triquet, was ordered to capture Casa Berardi with the support of a tank squadron of the 11th Armoured Regiment. Led by Captain Triquet, Canadians crossed the gully and captured Casa Berardi in a furious combat. In spite of several German counter-attacks, Casa Berardi stayed in Canadian hands, but at the end of the battle only 19 soldiers were still able-bodied in the "C" coy.

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

Axis player [Germany]
Take 5 Command cards.

Allied player [Canada]
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Casa Berardi is a Temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

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

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

Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the units equipped with machine guns (SWAs 7 - Machine Gun Late War).

Use "Fordable streams" rules for the "Gully" (Terrains 61 - Fordable Streams).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine 2e guerre mondiale n°41 - La bataille d'Ortona.
- Biographie de Paul Triquet.

Remember, see the memorial at Casa Berardi and the Canadian wargraves near Ortona.

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