[Italy] Anzio, battle of Aprilia - February 09, 1944 - February 10, 1944

"The Factory" .
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/22/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x12 x5 x12
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the 6th of February 1944, German troops under the command of General von Mackensen had reduced the salient of Campoleone (the thumb). Phase 2 of the German offensive was the capture of Aprilia (The Factory) held by some units of the 1st British Infantry Division. On the 9th of February , the 65.Infanterie Division attacked the British defenses of Buon Riposo Ridge with the support of some "Hornisse" jagdpanzers. Kampfgruppe Gräzer, made of mechanized troops of the 29.Panzer Grenadier Division and a battalion of "Panther" tanks of the Panzer Regiment.4, attacked directly Aprilia. At the end of the day, the Factory and Carroceto station had fallen in German hands. An allied counter-attack recapture soon the Carroceto station. On the 10th of February, the German offensive slowed down it, the mud delayed all movement and losses had been heavy for each part, but the Germans had reach their objective and could prepare the following phase, Operation Fischfang, the overall attack on the Allied bridgehead.
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 Kingdom/United States] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
12 medals.
The four town hexes of Aprilia form a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 medal for whoever controls the hill, so the Allied player begins the game with one medal in his victory path.
The railway station of Carroceto is a temporary medal-objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all British units (not US units).
- Use "Specialized Units" and "Elite Armor" rules (Troops 2) to Axis infantry and tanks units with badge.
- Use "Big Guns" rules (Troops 3) or "Mobile Artillery" rules (Troops 14) for some artillery units with badge.
- Use "Half-Track" (Troops 18) and "Re-supply" rules (Actions 24) for the Axis unit with badge HT.
- Use "Tank Destroyers" rules (Troops 24) to the two units with TD badge.
- Because of mud, all armored units could move only two hexagons (except of road hexagons : normal move).
- This scenario could be play with New Flight Plan rules.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine 2e guerre mondiale, n° 31 - La Wehrmacht face au débarquement d'Anzio.
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n° 45 - Opération Shingle.
- "Le débarquement en Italie et la bataille d'Anzio" - Osprey Publishing.

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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