Ras el Medauuar
Afrika Korps #32
|Australia||26th Infantry Brigade|
|Italy||132º Reggimento Artiglieria|
|Italy||III Battaglione Carri d'Assalto|
|Italy||V Battaglione Bersaglieri|
|Italy||VII Battaglione Carri Medi|
|Overall Rating, 6 votes|
|Scenario Rank: 394 of 579|
|Parent Game||Afrika Korps|
|Visibility||Day & Night|
|Layout Dimensions||88 x 58 cm
35 x 23 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Afrika Korps||maps + counters|
Following the 30 April - 1 May German assault on the Tobruk positions, a battle group from the Italian Ariete Division, reinforced by a platoon of German tanks, attacked posts on the right flank of the German penetration. The posts were defended by elements of the 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion, already battered by the night's fighting. Reinforcements and adequate artillery support had only just started to arrive when the Italians struck.
The Italians were able to push back the left shoulder of the penetration and capture posts R5, R6 and R7. But while the Australians could not push them out, neither could the Ariete Division expand its penetration any more.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|3 Errata Items|
Question rather than Declaration: Should the INF & HMG in this scenario (# 32) be BERS counters, not regular troops? Note the identification of the unit as V/8th Bersaglieri Battalion (p. 30). Also note, for example, Scenario 36 which identifies the III/8th Bersaglieri Battalion and does cite BERS/BERS MG units in the OOB. Likewise, Scenario 40 (also from the Ariete division).
(Poor Yorek on 2014 Jan 01)
The L3/35 with ID# 1505 has the incorrect movement factor printed on it. The movement factor should be 7, not 8.
(plloyd1010 on 2014 Nov 24)
Four counters (ID#s: 1502 to 1506) have the incorrect NATO symbol (infantry in lieu of armor).
(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
|Runaway! Those Entrenchments are Dynamite!|
The draw result attained when the Italian side determined it had no hope of victory and fled having captured only one entrenchment.
Italian approach and assaults failed miserably due to morale failures brought about by OF or OBA. I'll concede that I didn't coordinate the armor and infantry for the Italian side particularly well here, but with no IT leaders with a combat bonus, the only means to get any significant DF (against entrenchments) was to stack in threes. This, of course, lead to critical +1 col shifts. I should add that AUS "first fire" results were very good (5 or 6 on the 13-col due to leader + superior morale) with fairly horrid results on the resulting morale checks for the Italian side. The Australians suffered three step losses, but those were all due to on-board or OBA hits against units that had not yet become entrenched.
Italians lost six steps and had four units DEM (having captured only a single entrenchment). It was time to call it an evening before the entire battalion was destroyed (i.e. the AUS gaining their victory condition). The AUS might have pressed a counter-attack (in FtF play), but their position remained secure and they were content to allow the Italians to retire.