Sometime in November of 1940 the Italian II Motorized Corps was tasked with turning the flank of the Commonwealth forces entrenched at the port of Maaten Baggush. A frontal assault by I Corps would be simultaneous against the 4th Indian Division. Unfortunately for II Motorized, 7th Armoured Division stood in the way.
Our forces were divided into four battle groups per the Blitzkrieg Commander second edition rules. Mine was the weakest with 4 M13/40 tanks and 4 CV33 tankettes as my mobile element. In support I had three towed 47mm Anti-Tank Guns, two 65mm Infantry Guns, an 81mm mortar and off table 3 75mm artillery pieces. For reconnaissance I had three armored cars. The Italians moved first and each side got a free move on table before beginning to dice for activation. Our idea was that my force with all the support weapons would anchor the left while the armor heavy groups swung wide and turned the British flank to drive onto the flank or rear of 4th Indian Division.
As my boys hit the table they were first greeted by this daunting sight:
Unabashed, the neighboring 3rd battle group roared on table and we linked up in mutual support, putting my faith in my towed guns and the weak anti-personnel ability of the British to hold my left.
As always, a good time was had by all (even we Italians) as the spirit of good sportsmanship and gentlemanly behavior ruled the day. My thanks to the host and players, and just you wait till next time!