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Clearing the Niscemi Highway - Combat Mission: Fortress Italy

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Clearing the Niscemi Highway

Allies 6 - 3 - 12 Axis
H2H Approaved
Rating: 7.99 (21)
Games Played: 21
SM: 7
Turns: 90
Type: Custom
First Side: Allies
Second Side: Axis
July 12, 1943
Gela Area

The Allies invaded Sicily on July 10, kicking off Operation Husky with airborne drops and amphibious landings in southeastern Sicily. American airborne drops between Gela, Niscemi and Vittoria were followed by the 1st, 3rd, and 45th Infantry Divisions landing at Gela, Scoglitti, and Licata.

The 82nd Airborne drop was badly scattered, and to make matters worse, we were surprised with the presence of the Luftwaffe Hermann Göring Division. Since the drop our paratroopers have clashed with the Italian mobile groups and Luftwaffe troops in a hundred scattered battles, aiming to slow down their counterattacks towards the beachheads or just hanging on for survival.

A small group of our 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment paratroopers they dug themselves into a hilltop villa that overlooks an important highway leading south from Niscemi to Gela. Earlier today they ambushed and destroyed a German 120mm mortar platoon travelling along the highway. This has raised the enemy's ire, and an enemy force of German and Italian troops are moving to destroy the troublesome paratroopers once and for all.

The situation at the beach head has finally stabilized and reinforcements from the 1st Infantry Division are arriving from the south to reinforce the 504th's defenses.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
raz_atoth's Profileraz_atoth Well Balanced 9
Tumatauenga's ProfileTumatauenga Moderately Pro Axis 9
dynaman's Profiledynaman Well Balanced 8
BletchleyGeek's ProfileBletchleyGeek Well Balanced 8
Toblakai's ProfileToblakai Well Balanced 8
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Axis Stonecutter's Profile Stonecutter vs. Manzcaser Manzcaser's Profile Allies Axis Total Victory 77 7
Allies Mad Mike's Profile Mad Mike vs. H H's Profile Axis Allies Major Defeat 14 70
Axis Mad Mike's Profile Mad Mike vs. H H's Profile Allies Axis Total Victory 77 7
Axis Stonecutter's Profile Stonecutter vs. weapon2010 weapon2010's Profile Allies Axis Tactical Victory 63 21
Allies bangers's Profile bangers vs. Cromwell Cromwell's Profile Axis Allies Total Victory 77 7
Axis has overwhelming superiority early in the game if they are aggressive and gain the orchard however once supporting Allied tanks arrive and if Allies still hold the orchard, game becomes more balanced.
Master Sergeant
DB_Zero Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:41 am
Good scenario and I think balanced. I got whipped, but that only because I lost all 4 Shermans quickly. I would have used them differently.
Lethal Frid Jun 16, 2017 1:56 am
I think this is a good scenario that I did not play well as a defender. Suspect it to be a little pro-axis so the stronger player should take on the defending role, ie allies.
Well worth a play.
Lethal Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:43 pm
More experienced player should take the allied player role. Can be over quickly if the allied player gets too adventurous with armour assets.
Private 1st Class
bangers Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:14 pm
Tough one for the Allies given the position, and the amount of Axis HE to hand, so getting the set up right is very important as you don't get much chance to manouver.
Mad Mike
Brigadier General
Mad Mike Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:16 pm
Nice scenario, hard though for the Americans.
General of the Army
H Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:45 pm
Yanks could use a bit more firepower - tanks, arty something
Stonecutter Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:12 pm
An excellent mixed force battle with definite phases to it as reinforcements come in. The balance is in the German player's favour and the addition of 2 more Shermans would even out the forces and make for an even better scenario IMHO.