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[Somaliland] Battle of Tug Argan - August 11, 1940 - August 15, 1940

The road to Berbera.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 11/26/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In the early hours of 3 August 1940, Italian forces crossed the border between Italian East Africa and British Somaliland. In order to capture Berbera, capital city of Somaliland, the Italians advanced on three columns and the main one passed on Hargeisa. British command had prepared defensive positions on Golis hills overhanging the Tug Argan. XVth Italian brigade attacked Tug Argan on 11 August 1940 but was repelled. On 12 August, Italian soldiers captured Mill Hill but the British troops resisted firmly on the other places. Finally, on 15 August Italian troops captured the main position, Observation Hill. Capt Wilson, Somaliland Camel Corps, won a Victoria Cross posthumously for fighting to the bitter end (in fact, he was found seriously wounded by the Italians and taken into captivity). From 16 to 19 August, Royal Navy evacuated the British troops from Berbera harbor : Somaliland was in Italian hands... for some months only.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Italy] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United-Kingdom] : 5 command cards.

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

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5).
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6). Badges are not required.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for Allied units equipped with Machine-guns (SWAs 8).
- Use "Fordable Streams" (Terrains 61) for the Tug Argan.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Britain at war Magazine - article "A dead man walking".

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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