Kidney Ridge - The Matrix Games version of West Front
Kidney RidgeBy M. Herman & R. Berg
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"Snipe" Position, 20km W of El Alamein, Egypt [Best played against Human opponent] After the initial British breakthrough at El Alamein elements of the 7th Motorized Brigade were sent forward during the night of 26-27 October to begin exploiting the initial success. These units were to be supported the next morning by elements of the 24th Armoured Brigade. The objective of the 7th Motorized was a feature known as "Kidney Ridge" due to its distinctive shape on British war maps. In reality, this feature was a depression that was so hard to find as to be almost indistinguishable. During the night march the men of The Rifle Brigade reached the "Snipe" position and promptly dug their numerous 6pdr anti-tank guns into the soft sand and scrub. By the light of dawn, they found themselves a bit to the southwest of "Kidney Ridge" and dangerously exposed. Not far to the north they could see a German panzer formation forming for an attack; to the south a battalion of the Italian Littoria Armored Division. The Axis battlegroups had been preparing to advance east to blunt the breakthrough of XXX Corps, but now found they needed to eliminate this dangerous salient that had been established in their midst during the night. To make matters worse for the Britishers, they began to receive "friendly fire" from Shermans of the 24th Armoured Brigade!