[Italy] Battle of the Sangro River - November 27, 1943 - December 02, 1943

The 5th British Corps reached the Gustav Line.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/05/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x9 x12 x10 x12
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The Sangro River, which flows in the Adriatic Sea, was part of the defenses of the German Gustav Line but the soldiers of the 65.Infanterie Division were in fact entrenched on several hills situated five kilometers north of the Sangro. General Montgomery ordered the 5th British Corps to cross the river and to attack the German defense line on the hills. On the 27th of November the 17th Indian Brigade (8th Indian Division) was ordered to capture the fortified village of Mozzagrogna, on the right flank the 78th Infantry Division had to capture the village of Fossacesia and on the left flank, the 2nd New Zealand Division had to cross the Sangro on the 28th and to attack the village of Castel Frentano. In spite of heavy rains and the rising of the Sangro which carried away three bridges made by British engineers on the river, troops of the 5th Corps reached their objectives in the last days of November and on the 2nd of December for the New-Zealand Division.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 9 command cards.
Allied player [United Kingdom/India/New Zealand] : 10 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
12 medals.
The villages of Castel Frentano, Mozzagrogna and Fossacesia are each a temporary medal-objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Collapsibles rafts & boats" rules (Actions 5) for the all Allied infantry units with a battle star.
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).
- Use "Pontoon Bridge" rules (Terrain 33). The Allied player could place up to three bridges in the game. A bridge could be installed only when an Allied unit had landed on the other bank of the Sangro River, in the same section.
- This scenario could be play with New Flight Plan rules. However because of terrible weather conditions during the battle, each player has at his disposal only one air combat card at the beginning of the game.

Scenario Bibliography:
Militaria Magazine hors-série n°43 - La 1ère bataille de Cassino.
- Battle of the Sangro - historyofwar.org.
- Satellite image of the area.

Remember, see the Commonwealth wargraves near Torino di Sangro.

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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