[Italy] The tobacco factory - Action 1 - September 12, 1943

Operation Avalanche - Fighting in the US bridgehead.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 07/31/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the landing in Salerno, allied troops tried to enlarge the bridgehead. On the US front, the soldiers of 157th RCT (45th Infantry Division), supported by tanks of 191st Tank Battalion, advanced along Sele river when they were suddenly under the fire of a German battalion of 16.Panzer Division entrenched in a tobacco factory. Seven US tanks were lost and the advance was stopped. The German strong point resisted until the evening and a major attack of the 157th RCT supported by the heavy guns of the Navy.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [United States] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The three hexes of the tobacco factory form a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 medal for whoever controls the factory. So the German player begins the game with one medal in his victory path.

Special Rules:
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for units with anti-tank weapons, mortars and machine-guns (SWAs 5, 6 & 7).
- Use "Heavy Anti-Tank Guns" rules (Troops 23) to the Axis artillery unit with 88 badge.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°41 - Débarquer à Salerne !
- Hyperwar : US Army in WWII - Salerno to Cassino.

Remember, the buildings of the factory are still existing today (5 buildings in round shape like a ring near the Sele river).

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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