Crossing the Volturno - October 13, 1943

The 3rd US Infantry Division breaks through
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/20/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
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    first You play first

Historical Background:
After coming out of the bridgehead they've established at Salerno, elements of the 5th US Army reach the southern bank of the Volturno river on the 5th of October 1943. During the night of October 12-13, British and US troops cross the river en masse. While the British find themselves pinned down next to the river, US troops of 6th Army Corps and in particular units of the 3rd US Infantry Division manage to cross the Volturno east of Triflisco and succeed in taking Monte Majulo and Piana di Caiazzo. The US engineers immediately set out to build a pontoon bridge, allowing tanks to cross and enabling the British to reinforce their bridgehead and finally break through. The 1st battalion of 15th Infantry Regiment in which Sergeant Audie Murphy served was involved in the action, near Triflisco.

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

Axis player [Germany]
Take 5 command cards.

Allied player [United States]
Take 6 command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Monte Majulo is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
Place a badge on the 3 elite German infantry units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units).

The Volturno River is impassable (Terrain 8 - Rivers & Waterways), except on the Pontoon Bridge the Allies may build (Terrain 33 - Pontoon Bridges). In addition, all Allied infantry units are considered equipped with collapsible rafts and boats (Action 5 - Collapsible Rafts & Boats).

If you own the Campaign Book expansion, any Allied artillery unit that is ordered can fire smoke emitting shells (Actions 21 - Smoke screens) instead of firing. Place 3 Smoke screen markers in 3 adjacent hexes, all within range of the artillery.

The Axis player lays out the Minefields (Terrain 29 - Minefields).

Night Attack rules are in effect (Action 19 - Night Attacks.

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