AAR: FT77 Suprised Buffalo
Italians: Jim Ferrell, Ed Beekman
We had three players so we looked for a scenario that could work for three. We agreed upon FT77 Surprised Buffalo. It is a December '44 Italy scenario with second line Americans and some Italian Partisans defending a town from a large Italian force wielding German support weapons. The Americans are strung out in a picket line across the town and on the mountain behind. The partisans are hiding in the approaches to the village. The Italians have to cover a board's width of snow covered terrain to either take the majority of the buildings in the town without losing about 40% of their forces OR eliminate 20 CVP of the Allied force without losing an equivalent number of CVP. Both sides have brittle units with 6 morale but the Italians have a small contingent of elite 7 morale troops. It is also one of those rare scenarios where both sides have artillery.
Zeke wanted the defending Americans while Jim and myself split the attacking Italians. Jim took more troops since he was attacking into the village section with more buildings while I received most of the elite troops since I was attacking into the teeth of the mountain behind the town. We made a dispersed charge and Jim was able to cover the board width in a few turns without much trouble but I had to deal with the American .50 cal HMG, 60mm mortar and Battalion Mortar OBA. Several squads were eliminated and the precious 9-2 Italian leader was lost to back to back boxcars but a rare Italian Hero emerged from the carnage toting a dismantled German HMG. The American mortar lost a duel with the Italian 81mm Mortar while the artillery observer and .50 cal HMG team were eventually obliterated by Italian artillery.
Jim started forcing his way into town in what was turning into a tough battle of maneuver. I was also moving into town but the defense was manning a few locations that looked like a challenge to reduce. Unfortunately we had to call the game due to time about halfway through with the issue still in doubt. We all really enjoyed the scenario, it has fun "toys" on both sides, many unusual aspects and definitely is worth a play.