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[Aegean Sea] Battle of Kastellorizo - Action 1 - February 25, 1941

Operation Abstention - Attack by the British commandos.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/23/2019
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 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 landed near Cape Nifti while 24 Royal Marines landed directly in the harbor. British troops captured the little Italian garrison and destroyed the radio station. 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. The next day, the arrival of battleships of the "Regia Marina" prevented the landing of the Sherwood Forresters unit who was designed to be the new garrison of the island. The commandos stayed alone on Kastellorizo.
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.
The capture of Paleokastro is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.
The sabotage of the radio station is a permanent medal objective for the Allied 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 Royal Marines).
- Use "Airstrike & Blitz" rules (Actions 3) for the Italian player only.
- Use "Sabotage" rules (Actions 6) for the Allied player on the radio station. Two stars are needed for destruction.
- Use "Steep Hills" rules (Terrains13) for every hills hex.

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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