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June 9, 2011

Il Giogo Pass – June 2011

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A game involving British 1st Infantry Div. and. Heer & Fallschirmjäger. Italy, Sept 1944.
Date: Saturday, 18th June 2011
Venue: Spec Ops Airsoft, Portland, Dorset.
Organised by Army Group South
Price: £45

The Italian campaign had been long, arduous and frustrating. Allied predictions that the Wehrmacht would quickly retreat to the Alps after Italy left the war proved wrong. The Germans held tenaciously onto every inch of ground.

By September 1944 they had fallen back to another belt of prepared fortifications, the Gothic Line. This series of well defended mountains and passes that stretched across the breadth of Italy was the latest headache for the US 5th Army commander Mark Clark.

Clark aimed to bluff the Germans with a diversionary attack on the Futa Pass whilst the bulk of his troops punched through the German defenses six miles to the east at Il Giogo Pass. This proved to be a tough nut to crack, and when US II Corps found itself taking very heavy casualties for very little headway Clark looked to the British 1st Division to make the vital breakthrough along a winding mountain track codenamed Arrow Route.

Our event sees a platoon of British infantry tasked with securing a heavily defended pass in an inhospitable part of the North Apennine mountains. Mine clearance, reconnaissance, establishing OPs and secure lines of communication to II Corps are all required before the inevitable ground assault.
Meanwhile, the Germans must attempt to deny the British any chance to clear a route for Allied armour. They will have to patrol, cut field telephone lines and place snipers and booby traps to harass the British. They also need to establish forward observation posts for German artillery to support their infantry as they drive the Allies back down into the Liri Valley.

Booking and more information

Specific details and booking can be found on the forum http://www.ww2airsoft.org.uk/php/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=164