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[DO2017] Gela Landing - January 07, 1943 - December 07, 1943

Operation Husky - Dutch open 2017: Battle for Italy, scenario 2
Western Front By: Jeronimon - Last update: 02/26/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first


Historical Background:
10 July 1943: The landing at Gela was the opening engagement of the US portion of the Allied Invasion of Sicily. US troops landed along the eastern end of the south coast of Sicily. They withstood attacks by Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica aircraft while defending the beachhead against German and Italian tanks until the US Army could capture Ponte Olivo, which would protect the beachhead and become a springboard for the advance further inland. The landing did not go as planned: By noon, not a single piece of Allied artillery had been landed, and none of the ten tanks assigned to the 1st Division were ashore.

The Italians sent infantries and Fiat 300 tanks to defend Gela. And from Niscemi the German Herman Göring Division also advanced to the beach, with their tanks being delayed by the olive groves.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history

Briefing:
Allied player [Great Britain]: 6 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Italy]: 5 command cards.




Conditions of Victory:
7 medals
The three hexes of Gela form a temporary majority objective
Ponte Olivo is a temporary medal for the Allies

Special Rules:
- Airpower card for the allied player: 1d per hex (instead of 2d).
- Units marked with a ranger badges are Troops 2 - Special Forces
- Use "Italian Royal Army" rules (Nations 6) for the Italian units. Italian High Command rules do NOT apply.
- Use "Combat Engineers" rules (Troops 4) for the Allied unit with an engineers badge.
- Use "Mortar - late war" rules (SWA 6) for the units with a mortar badge.
- Troops 32 - Tankettes is used for the Fiat tanks of the Italians
- Gela River is fordable Terrain 61 - Fordable streams

Warning:
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.

Set-up Order
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