Panzer Grenadier Cassino
Gateway to Rome
Sitting astride the highway to Rome, the historic abbey of
Monte Cassino — founded in 524 AD by St. Benedict himself
— dominated the surrounding landscape from its strategic
hilltop. German paratroopers did not initially occupy the
venerable site, but after American bombers destroyed the buildings
they turned the rubble into a nearly impregnable fortress.
Between January and May 1944, American, Polish, Indian, New
Zealand and British troops launched four major attacks on
the position, and many minor ones. Three times the Germans
drove them back, until finally on 18 May 1944 a troop of Polish
Lancers raised their red-and-white pennant over the ruins.
Over 50,000 Allied soldiers and more than 20,000 Germans fell
in the struggle for Monte Cassino.
The battles took place in the flat, muddy plains of Liri
Valley and the steep mountain slopes of Monte Cassino, often
in unpredictable winter weather. The Rapido River running
around the base of Monte Cassino was only about 16 meters
wide, but was up to 4 meters deep and flowed very fast, presenting
a major obstacle. Cassino '44 is a complete boxed game in
the Panzer Grenadier series by David Murray, covering all
four of the battles. From the initial American assaults through
the final Polish conquest, every stage of the battle is depicted
in scenario form with two lengthy campaign games covering
the entire affair.
The map is an original work, also by designer David Murray,
and accurately models the terrain of Cassino and the surrounding
area. Dave worked from satellite and topographical maps to
craft a game map that's extraordinarily accurate as well as
attractive. Terrain has been adjusted to fit the grid of hexagons,
but all the named locations from battle reports are present
and the map sets a new standard for the Panzer Grenadier series.
Forces involved include the tough American 36th "Texas"
Division, the 4th and 8th Indian Divisions including Gurkha
battalions, the 2nd New Zealand Division with its brigade
of Sherman tanks and elite Maori Battalion, and the hard-fighting
exiles of the Polish II Corps. A trained bear named Wojtek
lugged artillery shells to the Polish guns — even the
animal kingdom fought the Nazis. On the German side, the 1st
Parachute Division was probably the best formation the Axis
put into the field in World War II, and it's assisted by the
15th Panzer Grenadier Division and other formations.
- Play Aid Cards
- Cassino, First Round, Part 6 of 6
- Cassino, First Round, Part 5 of 6
- Cassino, First Round, Part 4 of 6
- Cassino, First Round, Part 3 of 6
- Cassino, First Round, Part 2 of 6
- Cassino, First Round, Part 1 of 6
- Pieces of Cassino
- Virtual Battlefield Tour
- The Final Battle: Operation Diadem
- Mapping Cassino
- The Bombing of
- The 17-Pounder
- First Battle
of Cassino: Historical Overview
- Second and
Third Battles of Cassino
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