From: Phoenix, AZ
Just when you thought I sucked so bad at TotH that I would have moved on but ...
Ortona-Orsogna Road, The Abruzzi, Italy, December 14th, 1943: After the crossing of the Sangro and the Moro,
the 8th Army was stopped by the last obstacle on the road towards the port of Ortona. A ravine blocked the
way and from the heights, the German artillery and armored tanks broke all the attacks. From the 8th to the
13th, the three brigades of the 1st Canadian Division did not manage to advance. The keystone of the defense
was a large masonry building, Casa Berardi, which overlooked the ravine and prohibited access to a significant
crossroads to the north. The Royal 2nd regiment, the last regiment not yet engaged, received the command to attack
on the 14th at dawn. Already weakened by the ceaseless artillery battles of the previous days, the "Van Doos"
gathered at their starting lines. Beyond, in the mud and under an iron flood, was the ravine from where the
artillery was thundering.
Game Length: 10 turns
For the Canadians to win they must capture Casa Berardi.
For the Germans to win they must hold Casa Berardi.
Canadians: Squads, MMG, LMG's, PIAT's, MTR's, Radio, AFV's
Germans: Squads, MMG's, LMG's, MTR's, AFV's
Boards: #7, #8, #11, #18
Aftermath: Under a flood of fire, Company C managed to cross and, slowly, but with a savage will, approached Casa Berardi.
With the Shermans slowed down by mud, the Canadians destroyed the first tank with a PIAT. But the enemy was everywhere,
and the loses were horrible. "They are on the right, on the left and behind us, only one solution, right in front!" howled
Captain Triquet. Literally crazed, the men gathered themselves and attempted to destroy Casa Berardi with grenades. The
attack force was at that point reduced to fifteen valid men and two tanks. The other companies were blocked by the
machine guns which still swept the ravine and their ammunition was becoming exhausted. But the cherished positions were held
all afternoon. In the evening, the valorous "Van Doos" of the Royal 22nd consolidated their defense, the two following
days, they pushed back the furious counter-attacks of the paras of the 3rd Regiment. The day of the 14th had seen a hero,
Captain Triquet. First of all the Canadians in the countryside of Italy, he would be decorated with the Victoria Cross,
the highest British distinction, bringing honor to Quebec and with his currency, "I Remember".
Source: Tactiques Magazine, Scenario ASL TAC4, "I Remember"