[Italy] Monte la Difensa - December 03, 1943 - December 09, 1943

Night attack in the mountain.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/30/2019
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
German advanced line "Reinhard" was set up on several steep hills (Monte Camino, Monte la Difensa, Monte Lungo) in front of the "Gustav" line, main German defense line south of Roma. While British soldiers of the 56th Infantry Division had to capture Monte Camino, the US soldiers had Monte la Difensa (hill 960) as objective. 1st Special Service Force was ordered to capture it by a "coup de main party". This special unit, specialized in the mountain combat, was composed with soldiers from USA and from Canada. In the night of the 02nd of December 1943, troops of the 2nd regiment of the 1st SSF began to climb the steep slopes of Monte la Difensa to arrive silently near the enemies positions. Revealed by a German flare fuse, they assaulted and captured quickly the German positions.Then the allied assault was stopped by the resistance of Monte la Ramatanea (hill 907). the battle lasted until the 09th of December 1943. After this "campaign of steep hills", the 1st SSF had suffered of more than 77 percent of losses.
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 [USA/United Kingdom] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Hill 960 is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to the four Allied units on the left section.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the six Allied infantry units with badges Rangers.
- Use "Screaming Meemies" rules (Troops 25) to the Axis artillery unit.
- Use "Cliffs & Sea bluffs" rules (Terrains 11) to the four hexes marked "pentes escarpées" (steep slopes).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).

Scenario Bibliography:
- La seconde Guerre mondiale au jour le jour - France Loisirs.

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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