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Battle of Keren - February 05, 1941 - February 08, 1941

First Battle
Western Front By: 50th - Last update: 07/29/2015
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x7 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The 11th Indian Infantry Brigade arrived in the area of Keren on October 3rd and launched their offensive to the left of the gorge on October 5th. The Queens own Cameron Highlanders fought their way to the front of Mt Sanchil on on the next night, the Punjab Regiment fought their way to the top of Brig's Peak, but were forced to retreat back to the ridge by the Italian 65th Infantry Division (Savoia Grenadiers). The Highlanders and the Punjab Regiment hung onto their positions on the Cameron Ridge despite having to be supplied up from the valley, and despite being under constant attack. By the 6th, the 5th Indian Brigade had arrived and attacked the Fort at Dologolodoc. The valley before the fort was sarcastically renamed "Happy Valley" by the attacking troops. On the night of the 7th, the 6th Rajputana Rifles took the ridge known as Acqua Col and held it until they ran out of ammunition and were forced back to the valley below by artillery fire. On the 10th, the Punjab Regiment attacked their way back to the top of Brig's Peak, and by the next morning were on top of Mt Sanchil, but they were counterattacked by the Savoia Grenadiers and with heavy shelling, were forced to retreat back onto the ridge. The stage is set, the battle is yours.

Allies: Take 7 command cards and move first.

Axis: Take 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
Allies: Take 6 medals with Fort Dologorodoc being a permanent medal objective and Keren being a temporary medal objective. You must take Keren, the fort is your choice.

Axis: Take 7 medals. Once the fort falls, you may receive 1 medal for each full unit you exit off the board in the hex with the exit marker.

Special Rules:
The two armor units (British and Italian) are armored cars with the following stats. Two figures, move 4 and shoot 2 2.
The Italian 65th Infantry Division (Savoia Grenadiers) are early war Mortar units, see SWA Card #3.
For Rules on Supply Trucks, see Troops Card #17 and Actions Card #24.
For Rules on Patrol Cars, see Troops Card #19.
For Rules on Combat Engineers, See Troops Card #4.
For Rules on Minefields, see Terrain Card #29. The minefield belongs to the Italians.
Italian Royal Army rules in effect, see Nations Card #6.
British Commonwealth Forces rules in effect, see Nations Cards #5.

Scenario Bibliography:
WWII History Magazine Winter 2002
Campaigns of WWII Day by Day by Bishop and McNabb

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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