How will the game handle Italy's surrender and the subsequent race between the Allies and Germans to occupy Italian positions (e.g. the Dodecanese campaign)?
The Dodacenese Campaign is not modelled - in the Med there are no Axis units East of the heel of Italy.
The precise surrender rules are pretty complex. Here is a simplified summary.
There are three cases under which an Italian surrender check will occur. On the turn an amphibious invasion of mainland Italy is executed, a surrender check is made during the Axis logistics phase. This “pre-invasion” check allows for the historical result in which the Italian surrender took place the night before the Salerno landings. In addition, during the Axis Logistics phase, if any hex in mainland Italy is under Western Allies control and in supply, Italy must check for surrender. Finally, if all of either Sardinia, Corsica, or Sicily is under Western Allies control, a modified surrender check is also made during the Axis logistics phase.
When Italy surrenders, all Italian units outside of Corsica and Sardinia and Italian units on Sardinia and Corsica stacked with a German unit are removed from the game. Italian units in Corsica and Sardinia not stacked with a German unit immediately become Western Allied Italian units and these units are set to withdraw in 5 turns, with the exception of Italian HQ units, which are removed from the game. WA Italian units set to withdraw will do so even if isolated. When Italian units switch to become WA Italian, they are automatically attached to the AFHQ HQ unit. Hexes containing a WA Allied Italian unit and those adjacent to a WA Allied Italian unit (unless occupied by a German unit) will become Allied controlled hexes.
In the Allied logistics phase on the turn the Italians surrender, as well as every turn after that in which the below conditions are met, there is a chance that some hexes in Italy, Sardinia and Corsica will change to Allied control. German units in Italy or Corsica can prevent the switchover based on CV and range. Any hex that is not within range of a German unit has a 50 percent chance of switching to Allied control.
When Italy surrenders, ½ of the Axis transport ships assigned to the Mediterranean part of the map area will be permanently removed from the shipping pool
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