[Desert war] Raid on Carrier hill - April 22, 1941

Australian "coup de main".
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/06/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x5 x5 x5
    first You play first

Historical Background:
9th Australian Division was surrounded in the fortified area of Tobruk by Axis forces. General Morshead ordered some "coups de main" outside the defensive perimeter to harass the enemy. Near Ras El Madaouer, hill 201 also called "Carrier hill" was occupied by Bersaglieri of the Armored Division Ariete. These Italian soldiers, under the command of Colonel Fabris, had the support of an artillery battery with 75mm guns. During the night of 22nd of April 1941, one Australian company of 2/48th battalion, supported by three Matildas tanks and two "portees" (antitank guns mounted on light trucks) assaulted Carrier hill. The fighting in the darkness was very hard and Australians rushed into the Italian positions by a bayonet charge. Colonel Fabris was killed in action as well as fifty of his Bersaglieri. The arrival of German 33.Panzerjäger Abteilung in the morning, obliged the Australians to withdraw in their lines.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied player [Australia] : 5 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Italy] : 4 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals. The death of col Fabris is a permanent medal objective to the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "North African Desert" rules (Action 9).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Action 19).
- Use "British Commonwealth Forces Command" rules (Nation 5).
- Use "Royal Italian Army Command" rules (Nation 6).
- Allied armored unit with two figures is a "Portee" unit, no special rules.
- The 1 figure unit is colonel Fabris. He can't move and fight but he can retreat.
- German armored reinforcement may enter in the game when the daylight is full and only by the hex with a battle star, after the activation of a suitable card.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Batailles & Blindés hors-série n°6 - Afrika Korps, tome 1 - 1941.

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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