|On To Rome|
Version: 1.05 (February 2006)
Engine: Battles in Italy
AI or PBEM: AI or PBEM
Download On To Rome
This scenario is a mega-campaign for Battles in Italy. It is designed to provide a historical perspective of the challenges facing both sides. The campaign begins with the Operation Husky starting situation and continues to 27 Sep 1943 (80 turns). This goes thru most of the Operation Avalanche scenario timeframe.
=> Aside from the Opn Husky invasion forces and initial Sicily defense positions, both sides are reasonably free to conduct the campaign within the scenario limits.
=> AI opponent is included. It has not been fully tested yet. Thru turn 5 it appears to be working properly. Recommend playing verus German AI.
=> Key features of the campaign:
1. XXX (Br) Corps (HQs, 50 ID, & 51 ID) cannot invade the Italian mainland due to Overlord requirements. Same goes for II (US) Corps (HQs, 2 AD, 1 ID, & 9 ID) and a number of naval units. These units (along with Patton’s Seventh Army HQs) remain at Sicily… they remain available for island defense and any necessary mopping up operations.
2. Numerous landing options are available to the Allied player after
the initial Husky forces land. This includes both around the island and
onto the mainland. Palermo is critical for American follow on amphibious
operations. Messina is
3. Mainland defenders are in reserve until turn 36. Earliest time for full scale invasion is probably turn 35.
4. Active Axis units can freely move back and forth thru Messina starting turn 4. Initially two fallshirmjager regiments, XIV Pz Korps HQs, 16 Pz Div, and a Flak brigade are available to reinforce the Sicily island defense.
5. Attacking near Rome is likely to bring the II SS Pz Korps into action.
6. Invasion planning must be done in advance by the Allied player. Forces must be placed in Palermo, Messina, Catania, Syracuse, or the Tunisia/Malta ports on the turn prior to amphibious transports being available. Transports become available to the US forces on turn 25 and the BC on turn 27. Around turn 34 the sealift assets are concentrated and a large invasion force can be assembled (may take several turns of placing units in amphibious mode awaiting the invasion order).
7. While any plains hex can serve as an invasion site, there are a limited number of supply sources on the Italian mainland.
a. These supply sources can be used by the Allies from turn 25 on. The limited availability of these supply sources is one of two limiting features to the campaign…
b. The other limiting feature is the fact that there are only six supply units available to move to the Italian mainland (Fifth US Army HQs, US Provisional Corps, VI US Corps, Eighth BR Army HQs, XIII BR Corps, and X BR Corps). Half of these are subject to being lost during the Sicilian Campaign…if they are destroyed, they are not replaced!
8. There are a limited number of full replacements available to each side. Allied units have a significantly larger number of timed (auto-repair) replacements available than German units.
9. Around 1 September 1943 Italian supply drops off severely (approximate timing of historical Italian surrender).
- Sicilian defenders are less mobile initially (less OP reserve for German
Please post any observations of unit errors or suggestions to improve play balance to the Run5 forums.
Download and run the installation setup file, this should install all files and associated sub directories into a ..scenarios\Battles in Italy\On to Rome folder under your main Battles in Italy Folder. Start Battles in Italy up, and you should see the scenario listed under the Italy Battleset.