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[Tunisia] The Mareth line - March 16, 1943 - March 22, 1943

Operation Pugilist - Operation Pugilist
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 03/27/2023
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x8 x12 x10 x12
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the setback of operation Capri, Axis forces waited for the British assault on the Mareth line. This line was a French pre-war defensive line made up by field bunkers, located along Wadi Zigzaou between the Mediterranean sea and Matmata mountains. 1st Italian Army reinforced the line by adding a lot of trenches, minefields, barbed wire, field guns and antitank guns. On the 16th of March, general Montgomery launched VIIIth Army in a frontal assault on the Mareth line, operation Pugilist. During seven days, British soldiers were pinned down in a small bridgehead west of Wadi Zigzaou, due to the strong resistance of the 1st Italian Army. Operation Pugilist was a setback and Monty had to change his plan to win the battle with operation Supercharge II.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied player [United Kingdom] : 10 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Germany/Italy] : 8 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
12 medals.
Toujane, Mareth (1 hex) and Zarat are each a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) for Italian units with elite badge
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5).
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6) for all units with Italian or elite badges.
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).
- Use "Heavy Anti-tank Guns" rules (Troops 23) to the Axis artillery unit with a "88" badge.
- This scenario could be play with New Flight Plan rules.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°28 - La ligne Mareth.
- Magazine Troupes d'élite, tome 10 - Les grenadiers de la Garde en Tunisie.
- Wikipedia - Opération Pugilist.
- Image Google Earth de l'oued Zigzaou.

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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