Valor & Victory in Montagna – 2 – The Partisans lose a hill

[Second AAR of my solo games with the free Valor and Victory wargame. I play using Memoir 44 tiles for terrain and basic plastic army men. The game represents leaders as individual figures. Ordinary soldiers actually represent small squads of men. The game system is based on 2d6, one has to roll lower than a target number depending on the specific situation. A number of interesting details are included: e.g. various support weapons, armed and unarmed vehicles, snipers…]

A group of partisans has created a free republic in Northern Italy: the Republic of Montagna.

The Fascists have run a first successful attack, capturing the partisan leader Arturo: they crossed the Grigio river and now push forward towards the town of Montagna.

The partisan leaders Carla [-2], Ercole and Leo [-1] defend a strategic hill [sector I]. Their numbers are superiors to those of the fascists, but they are “hamstrung by appalling leadership” [only one of the Partisan leaders can activate during their Movement and Fire phase]

[The battle is based on One-Hour Wargames, Neil Thomas, scenario 29 “Shambolic Command”]

The Fascists (grey) attack from the East. Ercole and Leo are deployed on the hill. Carla is in a patch of wood slightly to the north. [this time I rolled no support weapons]

[the blue pebbles represent the leadership bonuses for both sides]

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Turn 1: the attackers are close and immediately move up to the hill, ready to assault. I let all the Partisans make use of Opportunity Fire and Leo was quite effective, destroying one of the fascist units.

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The other two groups (including a -2 leader) are ready to attack Ercole. The first attack is about as strong as the defending squad: they must roll a 6 to win and it’s a five. Ercole’s unit is destroyed [and a die roll decreed that Ercole was killed in action]. The fascists lose a single figure. The other attacking squad move north towards Leo.

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Carla activates to come to the aid of Leo.

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Turn 2: a second consecutive successful attack by the Fascists defeats Leo too [he is captured]. The attackers also manage to shoot down one of Carla’s two figures. The situation looks desperate, and Carla retreats.

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