As the Allied armies advanced across Sicily toward Messina, they had to overcome the defenses of a series of well defended towns. Centuripe, or “Cherry Ripe” as it was known by British troops, was the lynchpin of the so-called Etna Line. This town atop a mountain was defended by the 3rd Regiment of the elite Fallschirmjager-Division Hermann Goring. These had so far succeeded in holding off the efforts of two brigades of British troops. To maintain the pressure, another attack was ordered by Major-General Eveleigh. This time the task fell to battle-hardened veterans of the Tunisian campaign, the 38th Irish Brigade of the 78th “Battleaxe” Division.
Attacker: British (6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regiment and 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers Regiment)
Defender: German (Fallschirmjager-Regiment 3, Fallschirmjager-Division 1 and Panzer-Division Hermann Göring)
Turns: 7.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Centuripe, Sicily 1943-08-03
Squads: A:21.5 D:9.5
AFVs: A:0 D:1 PzKpfw IIIL x 1
Guns: A:0 OML 2-in. Mortar x 4 D:2 8cm GrW 34 x 1 2cm FlaK 38 x 1