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Monte La Difensa – 10/11th August 2013

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Monte la Difensa

The Battle for Monte La Difensa

10/11th August 2013
To be held at the EX-SITE Near Mold, Wales, CH7 4DY

In September 1943 the Allies invaded the southern Italian mainland at Salerno. Strategic planners had believed that the Germans would then withdraw north, toward the Alps. But the Germans did not withdraw, and in what became known as the Battle of the Winter Line, the Allies began their long fight up the Italian peninsula.

In November 1943 General Mark Clark’s U.S. 5th Army was readying an offensive on the mountains below Monte Cassino. The Germans had fortified the chain of heights north-east from Camino-Difensa halfway across Italy as an additional barrier to Allied forces attempting to break through to Rome. While the main defensive line, the Gustav Line, was formidable, the additional fortifications at Camino-Difensa (the “Winter Line”) were intended as an additional delay.

The Winter line was fortified with gun pits, concrete bunkers, turreted machine-gun emplacements, barbed-wire and minefields. It was the strongest of the German defensive lines south of Rome. About 15 German divisions were employed in the defence.
Two corps were to attack the Camino hill mass overlooking the Mignano Gap; the British 10th Corps, to the left, was to attack Monte Camino and the U.S. 2nd Corps to seize adjoining heights on the northern half of the massif. Opposite them were troops of the 15th Panzergrenadier Division.

As the Allied troops move up to their start positions facing, the low rumble of German armour can be heard from the daunting massifs….

Facilities
There will be overnight camping available for the Friday and saturday nights. WC on site.

Uniform Requirements
Whilst we are attempting to be as inclusive as possible on the impressions allowed we would ask that everyone makes an effort to have the highest standard of kit they can manage appropriate to their impression we have a kit lending/borrowing thread here: //www.ww2airsoft.org.uk/php/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=242&t=16900&p=234470

Germans:
Heer – 15th Panzergrenadier Division – Basic Heer loadout or optionally grass green waffenfarbe. Gerbisjager will also suit.
We will also allow SS and Fallschirmjager as these units fought in Italy and do not look out of place.

Allied:
US – Basic US infantry is preferred M43 jackets would be good. Airborne is acceptable.
British – Basic infantry battledress is preferred. Airborne/Commando is acceptable.
We will attempt to squad up appropriate to the players look so units look like a squad.

Weapons
Any WW2 weapon and any wood stocked bolt action rifle (please scrim up any modern bolt action weapons). No look a like weapons please apart from an appropriate M14.

Further and up to date information can be found on the forum, along with booking information: //www.ww2airsoft.org.uk/php/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=242