The Savio River Crossing

San Giorgio di Cesena, Italy

21-22 October 1944

The Savio river was one of the main obstacles on the drive north by the Allies in Italy in 1944. In October after several days of heavy rain the Seaforth Highlanders were part of a Canadian brigade sent to secure a crossing of the river. The heavy rain had swelled the river 6 feet preventing support of the Canadian infantry by anti-tank guns or tanks.

The Germans had been fighting this crossing attempt for several days and in one incident sent 3 Panthers, 2 self propelled guns and 30 infantry to the Savio to drive off the unsupported Canadians in a night raid. Waiting for them were B company of the Seaforth Highlanders which included 4 tank killer PIAT teams sent forward to protect the unsupported infantry against enemy armour.

This scenario is somewhat speculative as I am unsure of the exact details of the Seaforths in the vicinity and the type of German self propelled guns. As some accounts mention Canadian machine gun fire this scenario includes two platoons of B company with the regimental Vickers guns plus the 4 tank killer teams. I am also choosing to leave out the mortars as the very boggy ground would have made them useless and reducing the self propelled guns to one as they were taken out very early historically.

Terrain

There are two main features - the road at the top of the table and the river Savio both of which have sufficient bansk to acts as cover. The ground should gradually slope up from the river reaching its highest point at the road with a series of undulations and rocky outcroppings that will allow for a degree of cover.

Cards

Axis Allied Either
Blinds move Blinds Move Tea Break
Infantry First Infantry Platoon Hesistant Troops
Panthers Second Infantry Platoon
Stug Machine guns
Infantry Captain Staples 1 dice
Oberleutenant 1 dice 1st Platoon Lt 1 dice
Infantry Obergefreiter 1 dice 2nd Platoon Lt 1 dice
Tank Obergefreiter 1 dice Sgt. K. P. Thompson (PIATS) 1 dice +1
Rapid Deployment Pte. "Smokey" Smith 1 dice + 1
Vehicle Breakdown Tank Killer Bonus
Rally
Ammunition Shortage

Canadians

B Company Seaforth Highlanders

Captain Anthony Staples (Big man)

2 Vickers MMGs

Platoons 1-2

Tank Killer Team

Stats

Troop
0
1
2
3
Infantry
1,2,3
4
5,6
7,8
Anti-Tank
0-6"
6-12"
12-18"
18-24"
24-36"
PIAT
6
6
6
-
-
Infantry
2
-
-
-
-
MMG
2
2
2
1
1

Germans

3 Panthers with one assault squad each (armed with MP40s).

One big man in Kubelwagen

1 Stug

Troop
0
1
2
3
4
Infantry (+1 in assault role)
1,2,3
4
5
6,7
8

Vehicles

Vehicle Armour Class Gun class Speed
Kubelwagen 2 - Fast
Panther 10 11 Fast
Stug III F 6 8 Average

Biblography

http://members.tripod.com/~dietmagic/panther2.html

http://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/VC_Recipients/smith.htm