Crossing the Melfa River

May 24, 1944

On Victoria Day 1944 the Canadian forces south of the Melfa river massed around the Mancini Farm in order to prepare to take the Melfa river crossing which was the last obstacle to Hwy #6 which opened the route to Rome .

Knowing that the Germans would be prepared for them at the main crossing the Canadians looked for a suitable crossing upstream to try and bridge so as to have two points of attack. The second crossing was bridged by the engineers and then secured by a reconnaisance force of the Strathcona Horse who ha to clear two nearby houses and almostdeal with an attack by Panthers late in the day.

The B.C Dragoons and theWestminsters (who were mounted in White Scout Cars and Carriers) dealt with the main crossing where dug in A/T guns and Panthers awaited them. The Germans counter attacked twice but were defeated leaving the route to Rome open.

Canadians

Recon force (starts at river crossing)

Strathcona Horse

Main force (at Mancini Farm)

Centre

1 HQ Infantry in White Armoured Car

A squadron B.C. Dragoons

A company Westminsters

Right

1 HQ Infantry in Carriers

B squadron B.C. Dragoons

B company Westminsters

Left

1 HQ Infantry in Carriers

C squadron B.C. Dragoons

C company Westminsters

Reserve

4 Achilles

3" mortar in truck

Infantry commander in jeep

2 25lb guns (fire no more than twice in game)

Statistics

Troops Type Move Attacks (#/range) Hits Save
CO (CV10) Command 60 3

4/10 soft skins and armour (PIAT)

6 6
HQ (CV8) Command 40 2 4 6
Engineers Engineers 10 3/30* 6 -
Infantry Infantry 10

4/10 soft skins and armour

3/30* other

6 -
Sherman Armour 20 4/60 3 5
Achilles Anti-Tank 30 5/80 4 6
Honey Recee 30 2/40 3 6
Carriers Transport 20 1/20* 3 6
Scout Cars Recee 20 3/30* 3 6
25lbers Artillery - 2 4 6
3' mortars Infantry - 3/120 5 -
Truck Transport 20 - 3 -

Germans

North edge of the table

HQ Fallschirmjaeger in halftracks

Armour

Fallschirmjaeger Company A

Northwest house

In the brush

The dug in tanks were Panthers that could no longer move and the fake tanks were elaborate ruses. The Canadian player should not be aware which one was firing without using up a command check to find out.

Turn 2 at road on left of table

Commander in Kubelwagen

Panthers

Mark IVs

A company Panzer Grenadiers

B company Panzer Grenadiers

Turn 4 north of table

HQ Panther

2 Panthers

3 STUG IIIs

4 AA guns with horse limber

Nebelwerfer (off board) - may only be fired once.

Statistics

Troops Type Move Attacks (#/range) Hits Save
CO (CV9) Command 60 3 6 6
HQ (CV8) Command 40 2 4 6
Infantry Infantry 10
  • 5/10 soft skins
  • 10/5 armour
  • 4/30* other
6 -
Sdkfz 251 Transport 20 1/20* 3 6
Horses Transport 10 - 3 -
PAK 40 ATG  Infantry - 4/70 4 6
Panther Armour 30 5/80 6 4
Pz IV long Armour 20 4/70 4 5
STUG III Armour 20 4/70 4 5
20mm Quad AA Infantry - 4/30 4 -
Nebelwerfer Artillery - 6 4 -