Blackshirt infantry with artillery support.
SA recce has a look at some Italian armour.
10PD had this sPz Abt under command.
The HQ and staff of 10PD sticks close to their divisional (and corps) FLAK battalions.
10PD counterattacks 5 Indian Div,
The ever-popular Italian mobile brothel.
One of several ex-Chris Kemp models on the tables.
The HQ of 10PD find that the front line has come to them!
Led by armour, the Brits break through the Italian minefields.
The Germans had flown in most of 5 FJR Div and the paras
were busy settling in on the outskirts of Messina.
The US car park encounters some tougher opposition in the shape of 20 PzG Div.
This had been shipped in earlier in the game.
Megablitz Game report by Will Whyler (Playing General Patton)
The Race for Messina – July 1943
Played on Sunday 16th November 2008
Arrived to find I was allocated the role of General Patton commander of the 7th US Army with orders to clear Sicily and Beat Monty to Messina.
Basically we had three infantry divisions one of which seemed to have more firepower than the other two and a very good armoured division the 9th nicknamed “Crap on Tracks” renamed by my orders after this game “Kraut on Tracks”.
For some reason presumably to do with historical accuracy the umpire had placed the two weaker infantry divisions as our frontline. Compression between mountains (Etna) and the coast meant that we could only field two divisions at any one time with the other two road marching behind. My divisional commanders Chris Ager and Louis Blackwell settled down whilst I took control of the air force. Mostly fighters and mostly flying in from Tunisia.
Day one was largely spent marching to Catania which turned out to be heavily defended by two Italian divisions supported by the Italian air force which sneaked in when our fighters weren’t around. After a few words with HQ standing fighter cover was the order of the day thereafter! Attacks on the Italian positions went in as evening fell.
The following morning having judged it too tricky to change the frontline troops whilst engaged a fresh attack destroyed the Italians completely! Then it was on to Tobromina. However as day fell on day two we closed with a strong German position in a narrow plain between the mountains and the sea. This time we exchanged forces during the night withdrawing the infantry and putting in both the superior infantry division and 9th Armoured. On Day three they swiftly overwhelmed the Nazi position thereby getting 9th Armoured their new nickname.
After that it was a question of chasing the Germans back to Messina which fell to our forces whilst Monty was still a day’s march away