Making an scenario inspired in the actual fight has been in my to do list for a long time. I think I have a reasonable starting point. I play tested the draft version and still needs some work on the AI.
|The first objective for both US and Italian troops is to control the intersection of routes 117 and 115 (yellow area).|
|The second objective is to control a foothold in Gela. This objective (yellow area) is located at the east extreme of via Generale Cascino.|
|The map making capabilities of the Combat Mission engine are very well known. This is Gela proper, up the hill through via Generale Cascino.|
|A view of a farm in the Gela plain. Somewhere in the far distance, the Italian Mobile Group E is getting ready to attack.|
|Image of one of the play test runs. An Italian R-35 has been knocked out by the combat engineers in one of the houses.|
For its scope and the light effort I invested onto it, this scenario should be qualified as "reasonably inspired in the true events". I make no claims of authenticity in the map, orders of battle, troops setup and tactical plans. That being said, even at the crude draft stage, the scenario play test is showing some nice true to life features. Like those R-35 Italian tanks getting stuck in the Gela streets when the engineers throw everything but the kitchen sink at them. That and off course the commandeered AT gun ...
Stay tuned for an AAR of this scenario.