Scenario G1: " CASA BERARDI
updated 100814 Rev 0
A Series G Scenario by Phil Grasha and
CASA BERARDI, ITALY; December
14, 1943: The Allied campaign to breach the Winter Line and capture
Pescara on Italy's eastern coastline was bogged down in the face of determined
resistance by the LXXVI Panzer Corps. Dug in on the reverse slope of a 200-foot
deep ravine known simply as the Gully, the 90th Panzergrenadier Division had
repulsed a series of frontal assaults by the 1st Canadian Infantry Division.
After a week of heavy losses, the Allies changed tactics and attacked the southern
edge of the Gully in an attempt to turn the German flank. Two companies from
the Royal 22e Regiment attacked a set of farmhouses at dawn on December 14th.
Facing them was the elite 1st Fallschirmjager Division, which had relieved the
depleted 90th Panzergrenadier Division the night before.
Victory Conditions: Victory is determined by control of the
farmhouse complex centered on 43N8. The Canadian player must clear all five
buildings of unbroken German squads by game's end. The German player wins by
avoiding the Canadian victory conditions.
German sets up first
Canadian moves first
- Elements of the 1st Fallschirmjager Division - set up on
board 50 east of the Gully and board 43 per SSR 1.2:
9-1, 2X8-1, 7-0, 9x548, 3x248 Crew, 3xMMG, 6xLMG, 6xPF43b, Mtr50, 6x"?",
Mtr81, 2xAT50L, 2xEntrenchment
- Elements of the 90th Panzergrenadier Division - enter east
edge on turn three:
8-1, 3x467, 2xLMG, 2xPF43b, 2xPzKwIVH, 2xSPW251/1, SPW251/2
- C Company, Royal 22e Regiment, 1st Canadian Infantry Division
- enter west edge of board 43 and/or 50 on turn one:
9-2, 2x8-1, 8-0, 7-0, 18x457, 237 Crew, HMG, 2xMMG, 8xLMG, 2xRadio, 2xMtr51,
2xBaz(American), 2xMtr76, 2xM4(75),
M4(105), 2xJeep(UA), 4xM5ht(UA), 5xTruck 1.5t
- D Company, Royal 22e Regiment, 1st Canadian Infantry Division
- enter south edge on turn three:
9-2, 8-1, 4x457, 2xMMG, 2xLMG, Mtr51, M4(75), 4xM5ht(AAmg)
SPECIAL SCENARIO RULES:
- G1.1: Terrain: All buildings are made of wood.
- G1.1.1: All Brush are considered Woods. If available, place
ASL Woods Overlay #4 over hexes 43S7-43S8-43R7-43R8.
- G1.1.2: Grain does not exist. The Grainfield area of 43CC7
(including all connecting grain hexes and hex 43AA8) is considered to be Vineyard.
A Vineyard hex has the same rules as Brush with the exception that the entire
open ground arera of the hex [EXC: roads) is considered Vineyard and it is
also a Bog hex.
- G1.1.3: All Orchard hexes and the area of land within the
confines of hexes S4-U5-Y3-W2-S4 are considered to be Olive Groves. An Olive
Grove hex has the same rules as an Orchard hex with the exception that Olive
Grove hexes have a +1 TEM, its MF/MP costs are double those of an Orchard,
and it is never out of season.
- G1.1.4: The river that runs from 50AA10 to 50K1 represents
the Gully. Normal gully rules are in effect with the following modifications:
a) The terrain in each gully hex is brush
b) Each hex contains four anti-personnel mine factors
- G1.1.5: Custom boards (50c, 43c, and 37c) which contain
all the terrain features built in are available for this scenario using VSQL
4. These can be downloaded from http://www.wargameacademy.org/SQLA/Scenarios/ScenariosPB
- G1.2: The Germans may set up a maximum of eight infantry
units (including leaders) inside the farmhouse complex on board 43. Support
weapons may be placed freely.
- G1.3: Due to the lack of transport in this sector of the
front, all trucks and unarmed halftracks must immediately withdraw once they
have unloaded their passengers.
- G1.4: Due to heavy mud, all off road movement for vehicles
- G1.5: The Canadians have one module of 100mm OBA available.
- G1.6: Bore sighting is not allowed.
AFTERMATH: The Royal 22e Regiment attacked at dawn and
by 0750 controlled the approach to Casa Berardi. D Company became embroiled in
a firefight away from the farmhouse, but C Company under Captain Paul Triquet
pushed on with support from the Ontario Regiment. By 1430, Casa Berardi was in
Allied hands, but with just 14 men still fit for action. Captain Triquet would
later be awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.