[Eritrea] Removal of the roadblock - March 25, 1941

Bataille de Keren - Attack of the 10th Indian Brigade.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 03/10/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x6 x7
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The 5th Indian Division was ordered to remove the roadblock which barred the way to Keren. So, the 10th Indian Brigade had to attack the Railway Bumps, followed by the 9th Indian Brigade and engineers companies. On the right , the 29th Indian Brigade had to capture Zeban Minor to secure the right flank of the operation. Once the roadblock area secured, the engineer companies could work to remove the roadblock. The operation began before dawn on the 25th of March and was successful in spite of the heavy losses suffered by the 3/5 Mahratta in the attack of East Gate Spur. After that, and despite of the continuous fire of the Italian artillery, the engineers could remove definitively the roadblock. The road to Keren was at last open.
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/India] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.
The removing of the roadblock by an engineer unit is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player.

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 "Elite Armor" rules (Troops 2) to the British armor unit. These tanks are moving slow, they can move only one or two hexes and fight.
- Use "Combat Engineer" rules for the two units with engineer badge (Troops 4).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Hyperwar - East African Campaign 1940-41 - The battle of Keren.
- Satellite Image of the battlefield.

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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