than 15,000 slave-labourers, the Germans created more than 2,000
well-fortified machine gun nests, casemates, bunkers, observation
posts, and artillery-fighting positions to repel any attempt to
breach the Gothic Line. Initially this line was breached during
Operation Olive (also sometimes known as the Battle of Rimini),
but Kesselring's forces were consistently able to retire in good
order. This continued the case up to March 1945, with the Gothic
Line being breached but with no decisive breakthrough; this would
not take place until April 1945 during the final Allied offensive
of Italian Campaign.
Operation Olive has been described as the biggest battle of materials
ever fought in Italy. Over 1,200,000 men participated in the battle.
The battle took the form of a pincer manoeuvre, carried out by
the British 8th Army and U.S. 5th Army against the German 10th
Army (10. Armee) and German 14th Army (14. Armee). Rimini, a city
which had been hit previously by air raids, had 1,470,000 rounds
fired against it by allied land forces.
According to Lieutenant-General
Sir Oliver Leese, commander of the 8th Army:
of Rimini was one of the hardest battles of Eighth Army. The fighting
was comparable to El Alamein, Mareth and the Gustav Line (Monte-Cassino).
ASLer and historian
and San Marino
citizen Gian Carlo Ceccolli has crafted a tasty bit of
MTO history for you in GL44-OpOlive. The set combines a set of
16 historical scenarios set on geo boards from your standard collection-plus
3 historical maps provided in the set using the new lay-flat,
hard boards. You also get a set of historical notes to bring the
battle home to your gaming table. Giancarlo poured his heart and
soul into this effort-and researched it as only someone with on-site
capabilities could. We kept the look classic and G.C. really shows
a touch for straightforward, playable scenarios. You will NOT
be buried in piece density. You WILL be buried in esoteric history!
Includes a sheet of overlays, 3 maps, special rules, and a full