[Italy] Belvedere - January 25, 1944 - February 03, 1944

Breakthrough on the Gustav line.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 09/12/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The French Expeditionary Corps in Italy (C.E.F.) had to break through the German "Gustav" line in the Cairo mountains. The 3rd battalion of 4th RTT had to seize the "Belvedere" mountain bristling with numerous German strongpoints. From 25th of January to 03rd of February, there were several climbing assaults under machine-guns fire, bayonet charges, close combats and counter-attacks to take hills 470, 681, 721, 771, 862, 915. The battlefield was under continuous artillery fire from the two parties. The victory was finally french but at the cost of heavy losses. But it was too a moral victory : after Bir Hakeim in 1942, the "Belvedere" was the symbol of the returning French army in the World War 2.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied player [France] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
Allied player : 7 medals with at least 3 medal tokens.
Axis player : 7 medals.
Each hex with a medal token is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Army" rules (Nations 7).
- Use "Fordable Streams" rules (Terrain 41).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Le bataillon du Belvédère - Ed. J'ai lu.
- "Paul Gandoet général" - Serge Douceret - Ed. Lavauzelle.

Remember, see the French military cemetery at Venafro.
Scenario played on the 6th tournament of Picardie at Ravenel on the 9th of September 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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