[Sicily] Landing at Gela - (left map) - July 10, 1943

Operation Husky -
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 11/29/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x8 x10 x10 x10
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The battle for Sicily, Operation Husky, began in the night 09th to 10th of July 1943 with a desastrous airborne landing : in the area planned for the 7th US Army, US paratroopers of the 505th Combat Team were scattered on hundred of kilometers. In the early morning, infantrymen of the 1st US Infantry Division and US Rangers of X Force landed near Gela and captured the small city. Italian troops of General Guzzoni, infantrymen of the "Livorno" Division and light tanks of the Mobile Groop "E" counterattacked and were stopped just in front of Gela by the heavy guns of the Allied Navy. German troops of the Panzer Division "Hermann Göring", better equipped but slow to attack, didn't succeed neither than Italians. On the 10th July evening, despite of very short beachhead, US troops had already won the battle.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany/Italy] : 8 command cards.
Allied player [United States] : 10 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
20 medals.
The 3 hexes of Ponte Olivo airfield and the 3 hexes of Biazza Ridge,form each a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 Medal for whoever controls these areas
So the Axis player begins the game with one medal.

Special Rules:
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6) to all Axis units with Italian badge.
- Use "Specialized units" rules (Troops 2) to Axis elite infantry units, US Rangers and US paratroopers.
- Use "Destroyer" rules (Troops 12).
- Use "Mobile artillery" rules (Troops 14) to Allied artillery units.
- Use "Tiger" rules (Troops 16) to the Axis armored unit with a single figure.
- Use "Half-Tracks" rules (Troops 18) to the Axis armored unit with HT badge.
- Use "Paradrop" rules (Actions 20) with 4 units dropped on the left side of the Dirillo river and 3 units dropped on the right side of the river before the first Allied turn.
- Use "Night attacks" rules (Actions 19) using this schedule : On the first turn, only Allied and Italian units can be activated. From the visibility level 4, all German units can be activated.
Before this visibility level, German units can't attacked or be attacked.
- Air rules are optional. If used, give 2 "Air sorties" cards to each belligerent, with a Me 109 for Axis and a P-40 for Allies.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°33 - Débarquement en Sicile.
- "La Sicile, débarquement surprise" - M. Blumenson - Ed. Marabout.

Remember, see memorials at Ponte Olivo and Biazza ridge.

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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