Leonforte and Assoro - July 21, 1943 - July 22, 1943

Operation Husky - Canadian 2nd Brigade
Mediterranean Theater By: Cpt Simon - Last update: 01/16/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x8 x6 x8
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The Canadian 2nd Brigade - 1st Canadian Division participated to the Sicily landing Operation Husky under the British 8th Army, they were instrumental to flush the Germans back toward Mount Etna and out of Sicily. On July 21st 1943, Canadian Brigadier Chris Vokes started the full scale assaults on Leonforte, a high plateau town, and Assoro a small village to the east, both strategic objectives for their bridges crossing the Dittaino river.

Canadian Artillery started with heavy shelling, then the Leonforte assault was executed by the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry and The Loyal Edmonton Regiment. At the same time, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada was assaulting Assoro. Combat in Leonforte quickly turned to house to house urban combat and the Canadian infantry in urgent need of more infantry and tank support. Brigadier Chris Vokes quickly called for the Royal Canadian Engineers to quickly replace the Leonforte bridge blown by the German. The work progressed through the night under constant machine gun and mortar fires by the German, finally the bridge was in place in the morning of July 22nd, allowing tanks to progress toward Leonforte in support to the Infantry to finally flush in retreat the Germans and secure Leonforte.

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 play first

Conditions of Victory:
Axis Player:
- 8 Victory Medals

Allied Player: Canadian: Brigadier Chris Vokes
- 8 Victory Medals. Total victory if at least two Victory Medals from town hexes, otherwise Marginal Victory
- An Allied unit that captures a town hex victory medal ( victory medals: 2 in Leonforte, 1 in Assoro) and as long as an Allied unit remains on the captured town hex, it continues to count toward the Allied victory. If the unit moves off or is eliminated, it no longer counts.

Scenario Bibliography:
1 - Operation Husky - The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10-August 7, 1943 - Mark Zuehlke - isbn 978-1-55365-324-0 (2008)
2 - http://canadiansoldiers.com/history/battlehonours/italiancampaign/leonforte.html

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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