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#410103_01v The Battle of Bardia - North Africa 1941

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#410103_01v The Battle of Bardia

By David Freer
Allied (NA41) 0 - 0 - 2 Axis (NA41)
Rating: 0 (0)
Games Played: 2
SM: 5
Turns: 23
Type: Stock
First Side: Allied (NA41)
Second Side: Axis (NA41)
Bardia, Libya: January 3rd, 1941. (Scenario Size: Division. Head to Head but recommended for Allied Human vs Axis AI. This scenario uses variable objective victory points) After the initial actions in Operation Compass, the Italians were expelled from Egypt and pushed back into Libya. General Annibale Bergonzoli, decided to hold at Bardia, one of two fortified locations in Cyrenaica. With 4th Indian Division recalled to East Africa, the trained but untested 6th Australian Division took the Bardia Fort under siege. After over a week of planning and preparation, the Australians launched their attack on the morning of January 3rd, 1941. The Italian defenses, though well prepared, were defended by a mix of units that had been routed from Egypt and a resident Blackshirt Division. The Australian's only attacked with two of the available three Infantry Brigades, the 19th Brigade being held back to attack Tobruk after Bardia fell. The Australians attacked using the 16th & 17th Brigades and ran into significant initial resistance, particularly from the Italian artillery. Once through the initial defenses, the Australians rolled up the defensive bunkers from both the flank and rear. The Allies had estimated that 23,000 men were defending Bardia and were shocked when close to 40,000 Italians surrendered.
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Axis (NA41) Ironwulf's Profile Ironwulf vs. carlboy carlboy's Profile Allied (NA41) Axis (NA41) Major Victory 60 10
Allied (NA41) Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile Outlaw Josey Wales vs. Fhil Fhil's Profile Axis (NA41) Allied (NA41) Major Loss 10 60
1st Lieutenant
Ironwulf Frid May 15, 2020 7:40 am
For the Axis forces:

Your local Italian Artillery Dialogue window is your friend here.
Historically, The Italians had shit arty, but they have a lot of it here apparently - which is good because the italian inf are... well what can you say, they had terrible gear and suffered from sub-optimal organization.

But alas... for the Italian player: Dial in the arty and hold position where possible, give ground where you're gonna get whacked and... blunt the Aussie's advance best you can, pull them deep into italian fixed positions if possible and fatigue their troops.

Late game limited counter-attacks are poissible so keep that in mind.