On 3 August 1940, Italian forces crossed the open border into British Somaliland from Ethiopia. Splitting into two columns, the Italians struck for French Somaliland and for the crucial British port of Berbera. The British moved to block the route to Berbera at Tug Argan – where six hills, each a mile apart, overlooked the winding road. Arriving at the “pass” on the 11th, General de Simone, in charge of the main Italian column, did not hesitate. A heavy artillery barrage was brought down, and then an Italian brigade was hurled at the first hill, occupied by a company of Indian infantry.
Attacker: Italian (Raggruppamento Corazzato Africa Orientale)
Defender: British (Indian) (3/15th Punjab Regiment)
Turns: 9.5 Players: 2 OBA: Both Night: No
Tug Argan Pass, Somaliland 1940-08-11
Squads: A:23.5 D:13.0
AFVs: A:6 L3/35 x 2 L3 Lf x 1 M11/39 x 3
Guns: A:0 Mortaio da 45 "Brixia" x 1 D:0 OML 2-in. Mortar x 1 Boys ATR x 2