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0710_01: The JOSS Beach_Alt - PzC 08 Sicily '43

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0710_01: The JOSS Beach_Alt

By Saunders & Blackie (edited: Williams)
Allies 0 - 1 - 3 Axis
Rating: 6.3 (2)
Games Played: 4
SM: 1
Turns: 19
Type: Custom
First Side: Allies
Second Side: Axis
Operation Husky, JOSS Beach, in the early morning hours of July 10th 1943: The easiest of all the landings occurred at Licata, where Truscott's JOSS Force encountered feeble resistance from the Italian 207th Coastal Division. The first wave came ashore in 45 minutes but, once ashore, quickly by-passed the enemy gunners. By 1000 it had successfully established itself on its objectives and broken up a lackluster Italian counterattack against a roadblock established at Station San Oliva. By the evening of the 12th July, the force beachhead extended from Palma di Montechiaro, inland to Canicatti, and northeast to Riesa. Historically, this wasn't much of a fight, but it is presented here more for comparison with an alternative scenario covering the same time period. [Size small] Designer Note: Look for the alternate version of this scenario [0710_01a: The 4th Livorno Div. Turns West] for a more interesting fight, but one that the Allies will likely prevail in as well.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Kool Kat's ProfileKool Kat Slightly Pro Axis 6
giorgiobeacco's Profilegiorgiobeacco Moderately Pro Axis 6
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Allies giorgiobeacco's Profile giorgiobeacco vs. todk todk's Profile Axis Draw 10 10
Axis Kool Kat's Profile Kool Kat vs. Outlaw Josey Wales Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile Allies Axis Major Victory 18 2
Axis Apollo11's Profile Apollo11 vs. seth86 seth86's Profile Allies Axis Major Victory 18 2
Axis crispin's Profile crispin vs. Outlaw Josey Wales Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile Allies Axis Major Victory 18 2
Kool Kat
Major General
Kool Kat Frid Mar 01, 2019 3:56 pm
The scenario designer highlights "historically, this wasn't much of a fight" and the Allies will likely win it. However, in my PBeM experience with this scenario, it plays out much differently than advertised! The Allies need to secure three victory hexes to have a realistic chance of securing a Minor Victory. This means, in addition to capturing the port of Licata, guaranteed before the end of the first day of battle by even a marginally competent Allied commander, he must either expand his flanks or drive inland. Allied left flank (Palma di Montechiaro - 100 points) can be tightly secured by the the Italian 177th motorized Regiment, C Morale, by Turn 4. In addition, elements of the German 15th Panzer Grenadier Regiment will enter as reinforcements that will drive through Palma di Montechiaro, effectively setting up a second defense line along the coastal highway. Allies will make little head way in that direction! Allied right flank (Route 115 towards Gela - 100 points) is defended by an Italian Infantry Motorcycle battalion, C Morale. Allies will have to force their way across a major river and / or flank this position by driving NE. Neither is a certain outcome for the Allies. Driving inland, there are two victory hexes that will be defended by the German 15th Panzer Grenadier Regiment and assorted Italian units. The Axis will also receive some air support in the form of recon and Stukas. Stuka dive bomb attacks against Allied units on beaches (200% defense factor!) can cause massive casualties. I was able to destroy completely two Allied HQ's and an artillery unit on the beaches! Again, there is more to this little "gem" than what you will read about in the scenario description! Between equally skilled players, the Axis enjoy a slight advantage. I recommend giving it a play through with a human opponent. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised!
Regards, Mike / "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." - George S. Patton /