[Aegean Sea] Battle of Kastellorizo - Action 2 - February 27, 1941

Operation Abstention - Italian counter-attack.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/23/2019
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
In February 1941 Operation Abstention was a British operation to capture the small island of Kastellorizo in order to give the control of the Aegean Sea to the Royal Navy. On the 25th of February, 200 commandos and 24 Royal Marines landed on the island and captured the small Italian garrison and the radio station in the castle. But the Italians had alerted their main base in Rhodes, and in the same day the "Regia Aeronautica" began to bombard the island and the Royal Navy. On the 27th morning, 240 Italian infantrymen of the 4th Battalion/9th Infantry Regiment/50th Infantry Division "Regina" and 88 marines landed on their turn, north of Kastellorizo harbor while two torpedo boats "Lupo" and "Lince" opened fire on the British commandos. Because of the superiority of Italian forces, the Royal Navy re-embarked most of the commandos but the rear-guard was surrounded and then captured by the Italians.
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] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The capture of the castle and Paleokastro are each a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command rules (Nations 5) to all British troops.
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6) to all Italian units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) for all British troops (commandos) and for the three Italian units with elite badges (Italian marines).
- Use "Destroyer" rules (Troops 12) for "Lupo" and "Lince" torpedo boats .
- Use "Airstrike & Blitz" rules (Actions 3) for the Italian player only.
- Use "Steep Hills" rules (Terrains13) for every hills hex.
- In this scenario, the Axis player must retreat to the bottom of the map and the Allied player to the top of the map.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Opération Abstention.
- www.naval-history.net/February 1941

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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