Some interesting tactics at Palermo. 23 Arm Bde launches a series of probing attacks, each supported by 2 task forces, and each stops short fairly promptly as a reconnaissance in force. I guess trying to burn off the defenders ammo or cause fatigue. Actually looks like the base CV actually rises, maybe from experience gains. When the 4th attack comes in its a biggie. Best part of 80,000 men; 2 Infantry divisions, 1 airborne division, 1 US Arm division, 3 Br Armoured brigades, 15 artillery btlns & 2 independent engineers (7 inc. div troops) with a few fliers for good measure. We are proud to announce another epic victory, although losses not that heavy on either side. The forts are damaged though so while supplies still hold out, the end will no doubt not be far off. We console ourselves that its turn 7, if this was the Husky scenario things would be going quite well. QBall is clearly careful to avoid VP losses and so far to date has not attacked a German unit on either island.
The Garibaldi line in Sardinia is relatively secure, no attacks even though looks like he has overwhelming strength available. Its the whole 7th Army there, although the armour is off the front line, possibly pulling back to N.Africa for phase 2 as its clearly redundant here. He has taken to launching considerable naval patrols off our final port, we counterattack but it seems clear that isolation rather than direct attacks will be the end of the Sardinia expeditionary force. We have reasonable supply levels though so might take time. We'll see... So far its playing out as expected to be honest, these troops are all but written off when I pulled the trigger on re-inforcing Sardinia. But I'd rather be losing troops here than fighting on the open plains NE of Rome while getting buzzed by Spitfires as I rush to try to evacuate the whole Italian peninsula before the end of '43... We had a vision and it was more horrible than the few regiments we might lose here. Of course this might still happen even if Sardinia holds for a few weeks, but not for want of trying on my side and while plenty will argue the rational textbook thing is to evacuate then how dull is that? Lets see how long this defense can play out.
But as a backup we are making plans elsewhere. Reggio is defended by HG PZ Div, clearly redundant on Sicily as he is not going to attack in the NW for at least a couple more turns, if ever. HG Pz more useful there though for sure. His lack of urgency here suggests to me eventually he will rely on me evacuating in response to a landing elsewhere. On which note, LXXVi Pz Korps is covering against this in the south. Best guess being 2 turns time or then onwards when the first released TFs are prepped. We also have payed out a few APs to build the Gothic line. We'll need it at some point anyway and at least a few Italian divs are helping dig while they are still around. Also II SS Pz Korps (1, 12 & 16 SS Pz Gn, 26 Pz and 4 Fallshirmjager) is assembled there within striking distance of the Roman riveria should he get impetuous... So far this seems out of character, but if they were targeted there from the start it might be tempting to pull the trigger anyway might en it...
"Stay low, move fast"