[Sicily] Ponte Dirillo - Action 1 - July 10, 1943

Operation Husky - Drop in the night.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 04/15/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
To help the landing of Western Task Force (7th US Army) in Sicily, the 505th Regimental Combat Team was planned to be dropped on Piano Lupo to prevent a possible enemy counter-attack on the US bridgehead. In the night 09th to 10th of July 1943 and because of many errors, most of US paratroopers were scattered on a very large area. At Ponte Dirillo, one of the objective, colonel Gavin gathered all paratroopers he could find and attacked the Italian bunkers of Biazza Ridge, which controlled the access of Gela beach. US paratroopers seized the bunkers in a fierce combat. But, for these guys, the battle was only beginning.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied player [United States] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Italy] : 4 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Each bridge is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nation 6) to all Axis units. Badges are not required.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troop 2) to all Allied units. Badges are not required.
- Use "Night Attack" rules (Action 19) from the second turn of the Allied player.
- On the first turn, the Allied player dropped 10 figures in the same time without using any command cards. Use "Paradrop" rules (Action 20).
- Use "Fordable Stream" rules (Terrain 61).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Troupes d'élite - tome 10 - la "All American" en Sicile.
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°36 - Objectif Messine.
- "La Sicile, débarquement surprise" - M. Blumenson - Ed. Marabout.

Remember, see the memorial of the 82nd US Airborne at Ponte Dirillo.

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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