[Tunisia] Djebel Meida - April 05, 1943 - April 06, 1943

Operation Scipio - A Victoria Cross for Subadar Thapa.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/05/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the capture of the Mareth line, the British troops were stopped by a new Axis defense line on Wadi Akarit. General Montgomery launched then a new offensive, Operation Scipio, in the night 5 to 6 April 1943. The 1/2 Gurkhas (5th Indian Brigade) attacked in the darkness with bayonets and Kukris, Italian troops of the 2nd Battalion of Division Pistoia, entrenched on hills of Djebel Meida. Subadar Lal Bahadur Thapa led his soldiers in a ravine and destroyed several enemy machine-guns nests. His bravery stimulated the Gurkhas which captured the hills, opening the way for the main body of the Brigade. For his action, Subadar Thapa was rewarded of a Victoria Cross by King Georges VI.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Italy] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [India] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Hill 275 is a Temporary 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.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for units equipped with mortars and machine-guns (SWAs 6 & 7).
- Use "Heroic Leader" rules (Actions 8) for the Allied unit with a battle star.
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Batailles & Blindés Hors Série n° 43 - Afrika Korps, la bataille de Tunisie.

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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