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[Italy] Altavilla and Hill 424 - September 12, 1943 - September 14, 1943

Operation Avalanche - Defense of the US beachhead.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 03/02/2023
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x8 x6 x8
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In the beachhead of Salerno, the 36th US Infantry Division had captured the village of Altavilla and Hill 424 in the evening of the 11th September. But, the day after, German soldiers of the 29.Panzer Grenadier Division coming from Calabre attacked US soldiers of 142nd Infantry. Under the heavy fire and the assault of the enemy US soldiers abandoned the village and Hill 424. The US division launched a new attack on the 13th of September and recaptured Altavilla for a short while and German soldiers of Panzer Grenadier Regiment 15 repulsed the US in the evening. On the 14th of September, the Germans continued their attack toward the seaside but US soldiers entrenched behind La Cosa creek stopped the German advance. Altavilla and Hill 424 were finally taken on the 19th of September by the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
8 medals.
The three hexes of Altavilla and the four hexes of Hill 424 form each a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 medal for whoever controls the city or the hill. So the Allied player begins the game with two medals in his victory path.

Special Rules:
- Use "Fordable Streams" rules (Terrains 61) for La Cosa creek.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°41 - Débarquer à Salerne !
- 36th Division in WWII -Texas Military Forces Museum.

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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