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Morire in Belleza MTO (id:#57402)
Critical Hit (Aussie `98 Pack ID:PBP 22)
Designer: Gordon McClelland
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Hitler planned to attack both Yugoslavia and Greece, to secure the Axis southern flank prior to the invasion of the Soviet Union. This would also bail out the Italian armies in Albania that had been forced to retreat by a determined Greek winter offensive. Hitler urged Mussolini to take particular care of the Albanian front to prevent any link up between the Yugoslav and Greek armies. The Italian 9th Army was stationed opposite the Yugoslav frontier in expectation of just such a move, since the Italian commanders speculated the Yugoslav 3rd Army might decide on a Morire in Belleza (Death or Glory) strategy against them. The Cuneense Division was tasked with capturing the border towns to preempt any Yugoslav counter-invasion. Early on 9th, a company pushed into the northern outskirts of the town of Dibra. In the afternoon, Major Annoni personally led the assault company to seize the remaining high ground within Dibra.
Attacker: Italian (Elements of Mondovi Battal Cuneense Division)
Defender: Yugoslavian (Elements of Dibra Garrison, Yugoslavia 3rd Army)  
Turns: 7     Players: 2     OBA: None     Night: No
Dibra, Yugoslavia 1941-04-09
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:11.0 D:8.0
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:1
Mortaio da 81/14 x 1
75 M mle 28 x 2
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: Buildings on Bd 15 are Wooden. A: Assault Engineers
Map Board(s): 15 41
Overlays: NONE
Errata (source)
There should be 2x 8-0 SMC, not three, in the Yugoslavian OB. In the Balance (ABS) Y1 should be "Delete 5x ? counters'"(not eight).CH
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Latest Updates:
hoxson1 Modified the misc. rules2019-10-02 02:46:44
hoxson1 Modified the overview2019-10-02 02:45:12
hoxson1 Modified the Theatre2018-03-15 20:04:00
hoxson1 Modified the Unit Elements2018-03-15 20:02:00
hoxson1 Set the designer field2018-01-29 19:27:43
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2016-11-19(A) Jeff B vs Elmo Menon Italian winGreat scenario, though if the Italians lose their mortar early and are not able to suppress/destroy the Yugoslavian guns they could have a tough road. I was also lucky enough to still have both FTs functioning at game end (a rare feat), and they were key to paving the way. As it was I still had to sweat the Yugoslavians getting last move, and there was a fierce firefight on the hill. I could easily see this one slipping from the Italian's grasp early.
2016-08-27(A) Alberto Griffa vs Blake Ball Italian win
2015-12-08(D) Alberto Griffa vs Mario Aceto Italian win
2015-11-18(A) Andy Beaton vs John Bock Yugoslavian winItalians were diced out by turn 3
2015-05-09(A) Paolo Cariolato vs Luca Martini Italian winI diced heavily Luca on the first fire phase, my mortar placed SMOKE, CH his HMG, destoyed an HIP GUN and KIAed 1 squad. He stayed in the game because I activeted the sniper that killed the italian 8-1 and broke all the units on the attacking left flank. He conceded on turn 3 after one of the FT put two more units out of action.
2014-12-06(D) Michael Rodgers vs Kedge Johnson Yugoslavian winItalian player diced himself mercilessly on morale checks with real dice.
2014-11-15(A) Michael Rodgers vs Luc Dallaire Italian winHow often can you play with an Italian 10-2? Worth it just for that.
2014-04-10(A) X von Marwitz vs David Wallace Yugoslavian winThis interesting looking scenario was scheduled as my intro for playing the Italians. Nice units on both sides, interesting terrain. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a very short game. My opponent set up a good defence. After setup, I saw most of the wire exactly where I did need it least so I knew my turn 1 plans for movement were screwed. This left some of my guys not in the best of positions to start with. Luckily I was able to get down one SMOKE with the MTR looking forward for it to drift. A significant portion of my troops dared the rather open western flank that seemed suspiciously empty. It turned out that the area was not only covered by one of the Yugoslav guns right where I suspected it, but as well by a deftly placed HIP MMG+228 that promptly managed to break two AE squads which both ELR'ed losing their AE status and one of them was reduced by fate as well. To boot this MMG in combination with the gun pretty much sealed off the west and messed up my approaches before even reaching the Wire. Unfortunately, his gun managed to break and ELR another AE HS with a FT. With bad choices to rout, this FT was effectively out of the game. Well, so I stepped into sh** big time, but there was more to come. In Yugoslav turn 1, my only unit close enough to threaten his gun was broken by his pesky MMG and forced to rout back. Trying to resume the attack would be pointless, as the approach had meanwhile been blocked by another squad+LMG with room to lay the perfect FL. The second Yugoslav gun had appeared to cover the area as well. In my DFPh, I malfed my MTR, which of course failed its repair DR at the start of Italian turn 2. Did I mention that the wind changed at start of Italian turn 2 to an unfavorable direction and sweeping away the drifting SMOKE for my upcoming movement? Bottomline: I got whacked as I have not been in maybe 2 or 3 years and conceded end of the RPh Italian turn 2. Gotta replay this one another day with an idea for a different approach...
2014-02-15(D) Chuck Dye vs BrianS Yugoslavian win
2009-12-21(A) David Ramsey vs Martin Barker Yugoslavian winGood stuff - even when I lose this one!
2008-03-07(D) David Ramsey vs Dominic McGrath Italian winA cracking scenario. Italians with nice toys, too!
2008-02-09(A) Dan Best vs Don Holland Italian winWinter War Tournament.
2007-05-22(A) Benjamin Drieu vs Guillaume Italian winYou have to play it! A solid puzzle for both attacker and defender.
2006-11-07(D) Bill Brodie vs Murray McCloskey Italian winA down to the wire, last round CC loss.
2006-09-10(A) fabrizio da pra vs Andrea Pagni Yugoslavian win
2006-09-10(A) Paolo Cariolato vs Mario Nadalini Italian win
2006-04-01(A) fabrizio da pra vs Paolo Cariolato Yugoslavian win
2006-04-01(D) fabrizio da pra vs Paolo Cariolato Yugoslavian win
2006-04-01(D) Paolo Cariolato vs Fabrizio Da Pra Yugoslavian win
2006-04-01(A) Paolo Cariolato vs Fabrizio Da Pra Yugoslavian win
2006-02-07(A) Paolo Cariolato vs Angelo Brugnoli Italian win
2005-09-17(A) Steffen Knippel vs Lee Misselbrook Italian win
2005-04-24(D) Jim Rupp vs Kenn Monte Italian win
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Morire In Belleza
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[A] Yugoslav 42
[D] Italian 39
Tuesday 12 November 2019 04:36:59 AM  (c)dramsey 2019