One of the more interesting campaigns to me are those towards the Allied war effort in Southern Europe. The Tunesian campaign, the invasion of Sicily, the Italian war front, they all cover the development of the green American outfit into the efficient fighting machine at war’s end. They have all too offer to the wargamer that the Northwestern Europe Theatre does . That is, if you can do without bocage.
The scenario DB063 from Dispaches from the Bunker #26 pits the early G.I.s of 45th Infantry Division against the veteran German Luftwaffe Panzer-Division Hermann Göring. The situation brings us to the early days of Operation Husky in Sicily July 1943. Again this is an engagement Jeff and I play via VASL. The write up will be from the American perspective and somewhat partial as that.
Living at Aachen I have ready access to some of the most famous battle grounds of WW2. One is the Hürtgen Forest only 45 minutes from here by car. Thus BFP’s publication OBJECTIVE: SCHMIDT is a must for the ASL gamer in me. Here I will start off with a solo-play of the first scenario, a small all infantry scenario that will introduce me to the SSR and the terrain.
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G.I.s of Coy L / 112th Inf Rgt attack demorilised Russian volunteers of Gren Rgt 1055. Its interesting to play a scenario where all units have morale of 6 and low ELR. I just recently read the excellent article on how to use conscripts in ASL in the VFTT#6 issue. This article I heartily recommend to all that play with or against conscripts.
While playing the OCS game Tunisia II I set my mind on finding a suitable ALS scenario to get a more detailed view of the nature of the fighting during the Race for Tunis. This scenario plays in the wet Tunisian winter of November 1942. Axis units in Tunisia are few and the Allies try to race towards Tunis in an attempt to take important logistical and air force bases.