[Yugoslavia] The Ostrenit valley - April 09, 1941

Unternehmen Marita - Difficult advance of the column "Dibra".
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/03/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
To support the German operation "Marita", Italian troops made an offensive from Albania. The column "Dibra", composed with the alpine division "Cuneense", the infantry division "Firenze", the cavalry regiment "Lancieri di Milano" and one company of L3/35 light tanks, attacked toward the city of Debar. But the advance was slowed by very bad weather, deep snow and heavy fog and the fierce resistance of the Yugoslav soldiers. On the 9th of April, in the Ostrenit valley, the column "Dibra" was stopped by the heavy fire of two battalions of the 47th Yugoslav regiment reinforced by some irregular troops. The Italians needed two days of hard fighting in the snow to exit this valley and joined the "Alpini" of the battalion "Dronero" arriving from the north.
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 [Yugoslavia] : 5 command cards.

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

Special Rules:
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6) to all Axis units.
- Use "Cavalry" rules (Troops 8) to the three Italian units with Cavalry badge.
- Use "Depleted Units" rules (Troops 22) to the three Allied units with only three figures, these are irregular troops.
- Use "Reduced Visibility" rules (Actions 27).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés" n°76 - article "Blitzkrieg à l'italienne".

Official scenario of the FFM44, played in the Memoir'44 tournament in Nantes on the 2nd of December 2017.

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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