This is the second scenario of a Combat Mission Fortress Italy (Gustav Line module) campaign. This is not a full-blown AAR as the scenario deserves ... Just a quick note on how hard is to fight against well trained troops. Possible spoilers.
One of the objectives is a bridge in the center of the map. From this bridge, a dry riverbed lazily runs towards our left flank and offers a convenient covered approach.
|German paratroopers moving towards the bridge. The riverbed is deep enough to provide cover, but not as wide as one may have desired. I had to split my squads in small teams in order to avoid them wondering out of cover.|
|Under the shade of the trees, the British paratroopers were stalking us.|
|Every man crawling into the fight.|
|Close Combat after stepping into the woods.|
|One of the many casualties we suffered in this spot of hell.|
|A British Red Devil, retreating. A sight too uncommon, unfortunately for us.|
|As the assault progresses, a couple of British troops surrendered here and there. The mood of other British troops as near as 20 meters from here was still very aggressive.|
|The fight in the woods is fading. By now, a whole German paratroop company is at or nearing this dreaded patch of terrain. Casualties are tremendous. Italian reinforcements arrive and move in towards the bridge.|
|Besides fresh troops, the Italians bring their light mortars into the fray. They pummel the objective bridge without any pause.|
|The pressure from the mortar fire and the German paratroopers drives out the remnant British infantry from the bridge. Note the smoke in the background and the incoming tracer.|
|The river bed under the bridge offered great cover to fire at the fleeing enemy. In this case, an AS 42 equipped with an anti-aircraft gun (background) trying to hit a moving target (foreground).|
|Out of the woods, at least some of the troops, with new challenges ahead. Like the farmhouse in the background, which was the position chosen by the British for a LMG.|
|A panoramic view of the battle. The bridge is marked with a bright red marker. There are still enemy troops in the farmhouse and plenty of enemy troops beyond that. The fight has ben ferocious, but yet more will be asked from the weary troops.|