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In February 1945 — after a static defense for nine weeks due to lack of ammunition, bad weather, and heavy losses — Brazil's FEB would get another chance to prove their worth as assault troops in Italy. "Operation Encore," a limited offensive aimed at capturing several dominating heights (including Monte Castello), began on February 18. While the newly arrived U.S. 10th Mountain Division attacked Mt. Belvedere on their left flank, the Smoking Cobras of the FEB advanced up Monte Castello for their fi fth attack on the position — this time, however, with air and armor support.
The FEB had spent four of its nine months in the front lines under the deadly gaze of the German guns on Monte Castello. That ended after a day of hard fighting when the tenacious Brazilians took the hill by sunset on February 21. The mountaintop was then held in the face of numerous German counterattacks. The Brazilians had finally conquered their demon of rock and snow.

 

  Brazilian German
Division 1

7 Squad Bases
- 24 Regular Infantry
- 2 Officer
- 1 Machine Gun Crew

1 M3A1 Half-track

4 Squad Bases
- 10 Regular Infantry
- 3 Elite Infantry
- 1 Officer
- 1 Machine Gun Crew

Division 2

7 Squad Bases
- 25 Regular Infantry
- 1 Officer
- 1 Machine Gun Crew

1 Sherman M4A1

1x Medic

4 Squad Bases
- 13 Regular Infantry
- 1 Officer
- 1 Machine Gun Crew

1x AntiTank

Strategy Decks American Air Support 1 (* see special rules)
Artillery 2
Artillery 1
Ground Support 1
Starting Strategy Cards 3 2
Operations Cards 002 Heavy Fog (shared) (* see special rules)
Merciless Assault
No Surrender
002 Heavy Fog (shared)
Deployment Zone Any wood hexes. Any rough and/or hill hexes
The Germans may place 1 pilibox and 7 entrenchments in any hill hexes.
Starting Initiative Initiative Token Deploy First
Objective At the end of a game round, the Brazilians win if they control the pillbox hex as well as all level 2 hill hexes adjacent to the pillbox (if any). The Germans win if the Brazilians are unable to fulfill their objective by the end of Round 9.
Rounds 9
Actions per turn 3 2
Reinforcements - -
Special Rules

• Due to snow covered terrain, all units have -1 movement

• Effect of Fog: The American Air Support deck may not be drawn from while the Heavy Fog Operations card is in play. At the beginning or each Command Phase the Brazilian player rolls a die. If the die roll result is less than the current round, remove the Heavy Fog Operations card from play. The Brazilian player may then draw from this deck 'Or the remainder of the game.

• Brazilian half-tracks function the same as a regular halftrack except as follows:
- They may not use their Transport ability.
- When activated for Concentrated Fire the Allied player may choose to tire it as if it were a Mortar Crew (that is, using a Mortar Crew's Range, Firepower, Ballistic Fire, Minimum Distance, and No Mixed Fire traits).

HINTS The Brazilians must push forward aggressively to capture the Neutral Command Objectives and force the Germans back to the final ridge line. The Germans must decide how much of their force to deploy forward to control the Neutral Command Objectives in order to have as many command points as possible for use in later turns.

 

Tags: American Army, German Army, Rounds, Boards, Year: 1945, Version: FFG DS

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alecrespi replied the topic: #729 8 months 1 week ago
Posting here some comments found online.
www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/37980/tid...1-player-comments-ba
  • For me seems to be unbalanced, Brazilians has more squads, vehicles, command points and better Strategy Cards. Two Germans MGs just can't stop it. American air support deck is very strong too.

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