[Desert War] Crossing the minefields - May 27, 1942 - May 28, 1942

Unternehmen Venezia - The breakthrough of the "Trieste".
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/02/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the 27th of May, the Italian division "Trieste" entered in the British minefields north of Bir Hakeim. After crossing a first minefield, the division was slowed down by a second minefield and the harassment of a Free French "Jock Column" from Bir Hakeim. On the 28th of May, the Trieste division opened the way near Got el Ualeb after a combat between the 65°Fanteria supported by M13/40 tanks of the XI° Battaglione and some British units of the 150th Brigade which defended the minefields.
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/Free French] : 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Exit markers are in effect on the portion of the Allied baseline in between the two Exit markers, for the Axe forces.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units except the Free French car.
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6) to all Axis units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the five Italian infantry units with Elite badge.
- Use "Combat Engineers" rules (Troops 4) to the three units with Engineer badge.
- Use "Long Range Patrol Cars" rules (Troops 19) to the unit with PC badge. It's a Free French "Jock Column".
- Use "North African Desert" rules (Actions 9).
- The Allied player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés" hors série n°8 - Afrika Korps, tome 2.

Official scenario of the FFM44, played in the Memoir'44 tournament in Nantes on the 1st of December 2018.

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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