[Desert war] British breakthrough - June 14, 1942

Operation Freeborn - Sortie of the 50th Northumbrian Division.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/02/2019
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the tank battle around Knightsbridge and the fall of this strongpoint, British units who were still on the Gazala line could be surrounded and then destroyed. Major-General Ramsden, commander of the 50th Northumbrian Division, ordered to his brigades to make a night attack on the Italian positions, to breakthrough and then to rally the Egypt border by bypassing the battlefield in the south. This was called Operation Freeborn. In the night 14th to 15th of June, British infantrymen attacked roughly the positions of the Division Brescia and made a breakthrough in the lines of the Italian Xth Corps. this breach permitted to the British motorized columns to flee to Egypt.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Italy] : 6 command cards.
Allied player [United Kingdom] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Exit markers are in effect on the whole Axis baseline, for the Allied forces (Action 23).

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6) to all Axis units. Badges are not required.
- Use "Combat Engineers" rules (Troops 4) to the three units with Engineer badge.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for the two units equipped with machine-guns (SWAs 8).
- Use "North African Desert" rules (Actions 9).
- Use "Reduced Visibility" rules (Actions 27) because of the darkness of the night.
- The Axis 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 30th of November 2019.

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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