[Italy] Battle of Garigliano - May 11, 1944 - May 13, 1944

Operation Diadem - "Zidou l'goudem".*
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/30/2019
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x6 x7
    first You play first

Historical Background:
Spring 1944, Allied troops were blocked in front of the Gustav line, particularly with a third setback at Cassino. In May,following the plans of operation Diadem, the French Expeditionary Corps in Italy (CEF), under the command of General Juin, attacked through the Aurunci mountains. The objective was to breakthrough German lines of the 71.Infanterie Division and to exploit further by surrounding enemy troops on the Gustav line. But the German defensive line was particularly formidable : the village of Castelforte and Mounts Faito, Garofano, Feuci and Majo were changed in impregnable fortresses full of bunkers with machine guns, minefields, barbed wire and flame throwers. Moroccan soldiers of the 2nd Moroccan Infantry Division had to assault during the night. After three days of close combat,heroism and sacrifice, soldiers of the CEF succeeded to breakthrough the enemy lines. Once Monte Feuci was in French hands, German Commander ordered to his troops to withdraw. It was the end of the Gustav line and the end of the excessive defence of Monte Cassino.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [France] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.
The church of Castelforte, Monte Faito and Monte Garofano are each a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.
For the Allied player, use Exit token rules (Action 23) to the mountain hex marked "vers le Monte Feuci".

Special Rules:
- Use "French Army" rules (Nations 7).
- Use "Night Attack" rules (Action 19).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the units equipped with Anti Tank Weapons, Mortar or Machine guns (SWAs 5, 6,7 Late War).
- The Axis player Lays out the minefields (Terrain 29).
- Pay attention to the rule "Artillery on mountain" (Terrain 30).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°48 - Victoire à Cassino.
- Magazine Ligne de front hors-série n°8 - L'épopée de l'Armée d'Afrique.
- "Le Corps Expéditionnaire Français en Italie" - Paul Gaujac.

* Remember, "Zidou l'goudem" was the war cry of Moroccan soldiers of the 2nd Moroccan Infantry Division, it means something as : "move forward !"

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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