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Subject: Oh What a Lovely War! (Turn Two - July 12 & 13) rss

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Turn one can be found here.

(Before I begin, I should point out that I made a minor error last turn and took an Italian Artillery asset as a step loss. Thankfully this wouldn't have made any difference to combat result and is easily rectified by putting the asset back in the bag. It wouldn't be a revgiblet session report without at least one rules error...)

Turn two opens with the Allies playing the just drawn Fading Italian Morale event and forcing the Axis to eliminate the 58th Bers. asset. The British reusable special action is spent to replenish the 4th Armoured Division.

In turn, the Axis use the XVI Engineers to blow the bridges connecting Catania to Lentini and Val di Catania. That should slow the Allies down.

The Allies seize a chance to put the HG Panzer Division out of supply. The arriving block of 82nd Airborne drop onto Grammichele, while the 2nd Armored blitz through to Vizzini. The 3rd move to Comiso, trusting the Brits to take care of the Garrison at Bark West. All that is required for the HG Panzers to be out of supply is for the British to take care of the Garrison at Sortino.

The Allies spend a little time considering their options. In the end rejected plans include attacking Val di Catania with the 1st Canadian, alongside a gamble on Sortino with the 2nd Armoured.

In the end the 1st Canadian are sent to take care of Sortino (this is overkill, but one could say that about any battle where you send in Canadians) and the attack on Val di Catania is shelved for this turn. The 51st are asked to finish off the HG Panzer Division while the 82nd withdraws to Syracuse.

There is some further shuffling of units to avoid breaking stacking and movement rules, and to protect the American beachheads, but we get there. The Thunderbirds are put into reserve on the US flank, along with the British 4th and one block of the 50th.


After the Allies movement phase. As long as the 1st Canadian take control of Sortino, the HG Panzer Division will be out of supply.

The first couple of battles go as planned for the Allies. The 231st takes care of the Modica garrison without losses. The attack by the US 1st Divison on Niscemi is announced next, hoping to draw Axis assets away from the other battles, but the Axis isn't having any of it. American artillery wipes out the garrison before they can get off a shot. Niscemi falls, along with it comes another US air asset and a Fading Italian Morale event.

The 1st Canadian clear out Sortino, despite the Axis committing several assets, reasoning that if they can't hold Sortino they won't be able to use them to support the HG anyway.

Then we get the main event - the 51st Highland Division against the isolated German division.


After assets are assigned, but before the dice are rolled.

Despite being disordered and on their own, the Germans roll well, inflicting three hits on the British. Aborting the attack is out of the question, so the Allies take all the damage as step and asset losses.

Then the attackers roll four hits, which the Axis must take as step losses.

The Axis respond. They move the Livorno to Caltagirone to take advantage of the defensive terrain, while continuing to move their main units from the west of the island and having the 15th PG in Catania build fieldworks.

Fortune favours the bold, think the Axis, and they make a desperate bid to relieve the besieged HG Panzer Division by assaulting the vulnerable 2nd Armored with the Napoli Infantry Division. They strat-move a block of the 15th PG to take up defensive duties at the now vacant Val di Catania.

Unfortunately for the Axis, the US use a special action to reinforce the 2nd with the adjacent block of 82nd Airborne.

To make matters worse, the Italian units fail their morale tests and become Disordered.


Desperate times call for desperate measures...

The Axis artillery cause the US units to become Disordered, but they still manage to roll an incredible five hits in defensive fire. The Axis have no choice but the take a step loss and abort the attack. Fortune, it turns out, actually favours overwhelming firepower...

The US 45th Division, who had been in reserve, now feel it is safe to move forward to Butera, while the Axis move a block of the 15th PG to Ramacca.

One block of the HG Panzer Division passes its morale test, but the other fails and slips to Disordered. Their elimination next turn seems inevitable.

Indeed, it looks like it's only going to get worse for the Axis...

VPs: Axis 5.


I forgot the remove the Reserve marker from the 50th Division for this picture...
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