Bimmer Posted August 23, 2012 Share Posted August 23, 2012 This scenario is based on the battle of Palma di Montechiaro, 11 July 1943. Modelling the entire battle in full scale is difficult, due both to the size of the town and lack of specific resources relating to the battle. I have chosen to model a small segment of the town (based primarily on modern sources) and a portion of the forces engaged - elements of the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry (part of 3rd Infantry Division), and the Italian 207th Coastal Infantry Division and 177th Bersaglieri Regiment. A little background from the U.S. Army's official history: The 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry (Lt. Col. John A. Heintges), led the advance on Palma di Montechiaro early on 11 July. Crossing the Palma River bridge without incident, the battalion encountered heavy fire from Italian troops who occupied strong positions along a line of low hills just south of the town. Deploying his troops, building up a base of fire, and using supporting weapons to excellent advantage, Heintges pushed slowly ahead and drove the Italians into the town itself. As the battalion prepared to push into Palma around 1100, numerous white flags appeared on buildings in the town. Colonel Heintges dispatched a small patrol to accept the surrender. Unfortunately, civilians, not soldiers, had displayed the white flags, and the small American patrol came under fire. Two men were killed, another two were wounded. Enraged, Heintges gathered together ten men and personally led them across an open field to a building which seemed to house the heaviest fire. They reached the building safely, planted demolitions on the lower floor, withdrew a short distance, and set off the explosives. The blast signaled start of the attack, and the battalion swept into town behind its commander. The Palma defenders had been reinforced by a task force that had moved down from the Naro River, and heavy fighting erupted up and down the main street. For two hours the battle raged from house to house. Around 1300, having had enough, the surviving Italians began pulling out westward along Highway 115. Quickly reorganizing his battalion, Heintges followed in close pursuit, rapidly cleared the hills on the south side of the highway, and dug in there to await the rest of the combat team. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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