[Desert war] Alam Nayil - July 03, 1942

Defeat of the Ariete.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/23/2020
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The 3rd of July 1942, while the DAK tried again to breakthrough the South Africans lines in front of El Alamein, in the south the Ariete Division (rather weakened with only 8 M-13/40 tanks) arrived near Alam Nayil heights and was surprised to be in the middle of enemy positions. The Italians were quickly attacked by a British armored unit coming from the east and were fired by the New-Zealand artillery entrenched on Alam Nayil. Then, arriving from Bab el Qattara, the 4th New Zealand Brigade attacked from the south-west. The 8 M-13/40 tanks made an unequal fight against the British tanks and the Bersaglieri (infantry of the division) were facing the New-Zealanders. In spite of their courage, the battle was a defeat for the Ariete Division which lost its tanks, more than 500 men and 41 guns.
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/New Zealand] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

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 "North African Desert" rules (Actions 9).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés" hors série n°8 - Afrika Korps, tome 2.
- Magazine "Historica" hors série n°84 - El Alamein (1).
- Album historique "21. Panzer Division" - Ed. Heimdal.

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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