Villa Rogatti, December 6, 1943

Villa Rogatti was one of the many hillside towns that faced the Canadian on the advance north to Ortona. This scenario covers the second day of the battle after the Princess Patricia's light infantry had taken the town the previous day and were digging in for a counter attack.

The attack came in two portions, one heavy with infantry, the other with armour. The PPCLI were low on ammunition and had no initial vehicular support until 7 of the Shermans of the 44th Royal Tank Regiment made it across the muddy river bed at the bottom of the hill.

This scenario lasts for 8 turns representing the battle between dawn and about 5 PM on December 6.

Table is 4' x 6'.

All terrain except the roads is difficult going. Troops entering the bottom of the map may travel along the bottom in the opnn before heading up the hill. Troops closer to Villa Rigotti are always considered to be uphill of those further away.

Order of Events:

Turn 1 (Initial German Attack )

Turn 2 (German Armour support)

Turn 3 (Allied Armour support)

Turn 5 (German second attack)

Canadians/Br itish

P ri ncess Patricias Regiment

HQ (Point B)

A Company (Point A)

B Company (Point A)

C Company (Point B)

D Company (Point C)

Support Company (Point C)

Entering at the bottom of the road of point A

44th Royal Tank Regiment

  • 1 Sherman V Commander (HQ)
  • 6 Sherman V

[off-board support]

Medium Artillery Regiment

  • Battery 4 5.5 inch guns

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
FAO(CV8) Command 40 - 4 6
Infantry Infantry 10

4/10 soft skins and armour

3/30* other

6 10
MGs Infantry 10 3/50* 5 -
6lb ATG  Infantry - 3/60# 5 6
Support Unit (3lb Mortar) Infantry 10 3/120 5 -
Sherman Armour 20 4/60 3 5
Artillery (5.5 ") Artillery - 3 3 -
Carriers Transport 20 1/20* 3 6

*cannot hit armour targets

# hard targets only

Germans

90th Panzer Grenadier Division, 200th Regiment

HQ (Deployed anywhere on bottom half of the map)

  • Commander (CO)
  • 1 Forward Observer (FAO)

A Company (Deployed anywhere on bottom half of the map)

  • Commander (HQ)
  • 9 Infantry

B Company (Deployed anywhere on bottom half of the map)

  • Commander (HQ)
  • 9 Infantry

C Company (Road at bottom of Point A)

  • Commander (HQ)
  • 9 Infantry

Support Company (Deployed anywhere on bottom half of the map)

  • Commander (HQ)
  • 1 PAK 40
  • 3 MGs
  • 3 80mm mortars

26th Panzer Regiment

Recon platoon (Deployed anywhere on bottom half of the map)

  • 1 Panzer IV command (HQ)
  • 3 Panzer IVs
  • 3 motorcyles

7th company (Road at bottom of Point A)

  • 1 Panzer IV command (HQ)
  • 6 Panzer IVs

[off-board support]

  • 2 75mm guns

Statistics

Troops Type Move Attacks (#/range) Hits Save
CO (CV9) Command 60 3 6 6
HQ (CV8) Command 40 2 4 6
FAO(CV7) Command 40 - 4 6
Infantry Infantry 10
  • 5/10 soft skins
  • 10/5 armour
  • 4/30* other
6 -
Recee (motorcycles) Recee 20 3/30* 3 -
MGs Infantry 10 3/50* 5 -
PAK 40 ATG  Infantry - 4/70 4 6
Support Unit (Mortar) Infantry 10 3/120 5 -
Pz IV long Armour 20 4/70 4 5
Artillery (75mm) Artillery - 2 4 -

*cannot hit hard targets

Bibliography

Ortona, Mark Zuelke pp76- 87