Corinth Corinth

Breaking the U.S. 36th Division - January 20, 1944 - January 22, 1944

First Cassino Battle
Mediterranean Theater By: rasmussen81 - Last update: 11/18/2008
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
Despite some initial danger on the lower Garigliano River, the German line held and inflicted heavy losses on the Allied attacks. The US II Corps, and in particular the 36th 'Texas' Division, suffered bloody losses in its attempts to burst through the Gustav Line across the Rapido. Tapes marking areas cleared of German mines were destroyed during the pre-battle bombardment and the 36th not only met stiff resistance but also wandered into clumps of the evil anti-personel mines.

Whe Allied troops did make it across the river, they ran into well camouflaged German bunkers and were pinned down. Units that made it further into German territory encountered tanks dug-in to their turrets. With daylight, came devistating artillery fire that drove them back to their starting positions. The attack was eventually called off with heavy losses all along the Gustav Line.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied Player: (United States)

Take 6 Command Cards.
You move first.

Take 4 Command Cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Allied units that escape off the German back line through the exit markers count as Allied medals.

Special Rules:
Open Terrain on the Allied side of the Rapido River are Flooded Fields (Terrain 23).
Night Attack rules are in effect (Actions 19).
Allied units all have Collapsable Rafts and do not need markers (Actions 5).
Place a badge on the United States elite infantry units (Troops 2). These are the veteran troops of the Division.
Axis units with star tokens are camouflaged (Actions 16).
Axis tanks are dug-in and cannot move.
Minefields are layed by the Axis player (Terrain 29).
British Commonwealth Forces rules are in effect (Nations 5).
Air Rules are not in effect this battle. Set aside Air Sortie cards.

Scenario Bibliography:
"Monte Cassino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II" by Matthew Parker
"The Italian Campaign" by Robert Wallace
"Warfare and the Third Reich" by Christopher Chant
"The Reader's Digest Illustrated History of World War II"

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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