Desert Rats #6
|India||2nd Motor Machine-Gun Group|
|Italy||41ª Brigata Coloniale|
|Overall Rating, 8 votes|
|Scenario Rank: 285 of 556|
|Parent Game||Desert Rats|
|Layout Dimensions||88 x 58 cm
35 x 23 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Desert Rats||maps + counters|
After putting up stiff resistance to the Anglo-Indian invaders of Eritrea at Keru, the Italian 41st Colonial Brigade found itself outflanked. The Brigade attempted a night retreat, successfully broke contact with the enemy and got away. A few hours later, their luck ran out.
Despite it's good performances earlier in the day, the colonial brigade broke apart when attacked by night. The brigade commander and his staff surrendered, and the brigade ceased to be an effective formation. Most of its troops, feeling as if they had been abandoned by their officers, simply went home.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|Night in the Horn of Africa|
In this night scenario a group of Italian colonial troops have to cross a desert board dotted with hills trying to avoid the attentions of a well armed and led Indian force. The Italian player has to exit more step than he loses, eliminating Indian steps lowers Italian losses. The Indian player looks to have the easier task has has massive firepower and higher morale however of the road hexes he has less movement ability. Vince and I have agreed not to publish what both of us agree is the only way viable tactic for the Italian player, so I will only comment on what the Indian plan, which was to not bother chasing the Italian CAV or BAN but slowly contain the Italian FAN units and then eliminate at least four steps without losing any. This plan worked but only just, I in fact advanced a little further than I should have done so, and then Vince made an error which enabled me to close on him and once the Indians are in contact with the native troops there is little the Italian player can do. This is a thinking scenario with little actual combat and I have rated it a 4. Vince said his error had spoiled the game for him, as he makes so few normally I am just pleased that I spotted his error and reacted in the correct way.
|Playing Error Turned a Fair Chance of Victory Down To Slim !|
This game played over Skype in a single evening session with Wayne Baumber.
This battle depicts a night engagement where Eritreans need to slip through Indian lines in order to escape an envelopment.
Usually, I write AAR's recording what occurred in the battle, but I really think any such detail here would be a spoiler. And here is why.
On first glance, this scenario looks like a banker for the Allied player. He will have 8/6 moraled Indian troops with bags of leaders and plenty of Bren-Carrier support which would be a tempter for the big transport stacks that have extra firepower. Against that, the Eritreans have a lowly 6/5 morale, few leaders (and all but 1 of mine had zero modifiers).
But what the Axis player must do is study his forces and the map as well as the entry points and plan how he can get more men off than he will lose as casualties.
I came up with what seemed a good plan and for 9 of the 20 turns, I believe I had the Allies on the hop. However, for one mad second, I made a very poor game-mechanics decision, and the effect of this was to turn what could have been a victory, and I stress COULD and not would, into a game where chances suddenly became slim.
It was very disappointing as I wanted to see the game pan out and see if it was possible to get the tactics to work, but the aforementioned event changed the whole face of the game. In the end, the Eritreans exited 8 steps, but lost 9. That said, there were still 6 or 7 turns left and more casualties would have been a cert for the Eritreans, so they, or I called it there. Wayne played a good end game once he was all over the enemy, and quite frankly, there was no way of wiggling out of the fix I'd found myself in once there.
I believe this scenario can be won by either side and I will one day return to it to try the plan on another opponent.
Anyway, try this one versus an opponent, I think it will get the grey matter going. Rated a 3 in response to Wayne's 4 thus giving an overall 3.5 which I feel is about right :-)
|Persecución nocturna en Eritrea|
He jugado este escenario dos veces y en las dos partidas han ganado los hindúes al servicio del Imperio británico.
Se trata de una persecución nocturna de tropas hindúes tras tropas coloniales italianas. Los italianos entran por el Oeste del mapa y deben salir por el Este. Ganan si consiguen tener menos bajas que unidades salidas del mapa. El problema es que casi todas sus unidades tienen una moral muy baja y apenas cuentan con cuatro líderes. Este factor es decisivo, ya que el combate tiene lugar en completa oscuridad y las tropas indígenas sólo pueden avanzar si son activadas por un líder. Basta, por tanto, con que los hindúes aniquilen o desmoralicen a un líder para que las unidades italianas activadas por él queden inmovilizadas y a merced del enemigo. Por su parte, los hindúes se desplazan en vehículos "Bren", tienen mejor moral y abundante acopio de jefes.
En la primera partida los italianos sufrieron una rápida y completa derrota, sin conseguir sacar una sóla unidad por el borde Este del mapa. En la segunda partida los italianos maniobraron mejor y fueron capaces de hacer salir 12 steps, pero sufrieron la pérdida de 15 steps. Dado que los hindúes no tuvieron ninguna baja, la victoria fue también para ellos.
Más que de un combate en toda regla, se trata más bien de un entretenido juego del gato y el ratón.
P.D.: El título de este escenario es "Night FLIGHT".