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Operation Compass - December 09, 1940

Operation Compass - Nibeiwa Camp
Mediterranean Theater By: 50th - Last update: 01/06/2012
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x6 x4 x4 x4
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the morning of December 9th 1940, the forces of the 7th Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) and the 4th Indian Regiment attacked the Italian defenders of the camp at Nibeiwa in Egypt. The raid was ordered by General Richard O'Connor as the opening attack of Operation Compass. Commanding the Italian forces at the camp, was General Pietro Maletti. His "Maletti Group" was comprised of 70 tanks with an equal number of Machine Gun armed Fiat L3 tankette, and the M11/39 medium tank with a hull mounted 37mm gun. The M11/39 was lightly armed and not very reliable in the desert. Major General Noel Beresford-Peirse was the commander of the 4th Indian infantry division, while the 7th RTR was commanded by Major General Sir Michael O'Moore Creagh. The Italian special forces unit represents the "Milizia Volontaria Per La Sicurezza Nationale" which were Musssolini's fascist "Black Shirts" who wore black shirts and fezzes with tassels.

Allies [Great Britain] Take 6 command cards and move first.

Axis [Italy] Take 4 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
Allies [Great Britain] Take 4 medals with one of those being the permanent medal on the desert village.

Axis [Italy] Take 4 medals

Special Rules:
British Commonwealth Command Rules are in effect. See page 7 of MT rulebook or Nations Card #5.
Italian Royal Army Rules are in effect. See page 7 of MT rulebook or Nations Card #6.
HQ & Supply Tent rules are in effect. See page 5 of MT rulebook or Actions Card #17.
Italian armor has two figures to reflect the light armor.
The Armor units marked "Light Armor" are the Fiat L3 Tankettes and have the following attributes; Move 4, fire 2,2,2, and cannot battle medium armor.
The minefields are placed by the axis player. For Rules on minefields, see page 9 of MT rulebook or Terrain Card #29.
The British armor units are Matilda II tanks that have 4 figures and move 2 and battle at 3,3,3, as usual.

Scenario Bibliography:
Campaigns of World War II Day by Day by Bishop & McNabb
WWII History Winter 2012 edition

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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