[DO2017] Operation Ladbroke - July 09, 1943

Operation Avalanche - Dutch open 2017: Battle for Italy, scenario 1
Western Front By: Cpl_Uhl - Last update: 02/26/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

There are problems with this scenario: it cannot be set-up using the standard terrain tiles of Memoir '44 and the selected extensions. There are too many terrains of one or more types. Please contact the author.

Historical Background:
Operation Ladbroke, July 9 1943
At 18.00h, a total of 144 gliders with 2075 men of the British 1st Airlanding Brigade, South Staffordshire Regiment depart Tunisia. Their mission is to capture the Ponte Grande Bridge and knock out a coastal battery. Instead of the recommended 200 hours training, the flight crew had only 5. Due to the inexperienced crew, 56 gliders crashed that night at sea and 252 men drowned before the real action took place. Most navigators lost their orientation, so only 12 gliders reached the landing zones. During the night, the Staffords gathered a total of 87 men. They surprised the garrison and captured the bridge. The next morning the Italians were ready for a counter attack on the Ponte Grande.

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

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.
The Ponte Grande bridge is an temporary objective for both players.
The Coastal battery hex is a temporary objective for the British player.

Special Rules:
- Airpower card for the allied player: 1d per hex (instead of 2d).
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Italian Royal Army" rules (Nations 6) to all Axis 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.
- Use "Machine gun - late war" rules (SWA 7) for the unit with a machinegun badge.
- Use "Field bunkers" (Terrain 22) for all bunkers.

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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