ConfederateSS wrote:The Battle of Asiago/Story line.
-----Hello all, my name is Wayward Day. I am an American who is studying abroad in Florence, Italy. One day I decided to go site seeing. To enjoy and soak the 1000's of years of History of a country and the surrounding area of Europe. While I'm lucky enough to be here free on scholarships. "Luck" is the key work, as I was soon to find out.
-----I chose to go biking in the northern part of Italy. I found myself in the mountains of The Alps known as the Dolomites. In the area of Trentino. As I explored the area. I came across a path with white and yellow dove symbols painted everywhere. White doves on wood and yellow doves on rock. There was a sigh,"Sentiero della Pace"(Path of Peace). One of the symbols started glowing. Yup, you guessed it. I touched it. Bright flashes of light, then I passed out.
-----When I awoke. It was to the sound of thunder or what I thought was thunder. I soon realized I wasn't where I thought I was. Oh, I was in the same spot. But I found myself dressed in different clothes. I looked around, the painted doves had vanished. I came across a man laying on the ground. When I spoke to him. My words were no longer in English. But Italian and German.
-----He told me he was dressed like an Austro-Hungarian. Because he was an Italian spy. He was dying and told me to get these papers to Italian General Luigi Cadorna. Leader of the Italian armies. But he sorta laughed. For Cadorna is one of the worst generals ever, he claimed. As he handed me his satchel his eyes closed for the last time. I soon came to accept where I was. Right smack in the middle of The First World War. Although part of me still didn't believe it.
-----When I arrived at Italian H.Q.. I was taken to Cadorna. I pulled the papers out of the satchel and handed them to him. I told him it was the Austro-Hungarian battle plans. MARKED: The Strafexpedition or punishment expedition. He was impressed that I spoke English, Italian and German. The plans were by the leader of the Austro-Hungarian forces. General Conrad von Hoetzendorff. He wanted Italy to pay for switching sides in the war.
-----Austro-Hungarian's army was made up of: 3rd and 11th armies,300 battalions and 2,000 artillery guns. Where as Italy's army was made up of: 1st and 5th armies, 172 battalions and 850 artillery guns.
-----Conrad's plan was to break through the Alps into the Venetian Plain. Cut of the Italian troops along the Isonzo in the south. Forcing Italy out of the war. The plans revealed the attack had been postponed 4 times do to snow. The new target date was today May 15th, 1916.
-----As I was informing Cadorna. He stopped me. He let me know the attack is underway. The thunder I heard this morning. Was the Austro-Hungarian guns opening up a barrage of shells raining down on Italian positions all along the line. As 400,000 Aus/Hun troops poured in there after. Although surprised ,Cadorna was already making plans in the Venetian Plain. He was pulling troops together from all over Italy to form The V Army. In case his forces are beaten back in the Alps. Up until the attack. Cadorna considered the Trentino region a backwater place. As opposed to the Isonzo river. Most Italian soldiers felt the same way. The area had kept Italy safe from invaders. As far back as The Roman Empire. No one would be crazy enough to try an attack there. Cadorna would soon come to realize just how unpredictable Conrad is.
-----As news from the front lines poured in. I would inform Cadorna. During which time he would tell me stories of what Austro-Hungarian troops were doing in the region before Italy switched sides. A deal with the Allies which would give Italy land from the Aus/Hun Empire. Where Italian people lived. The Aus/Hun Empire was arresting anyone who refused to serve in the army. Or those who tried to help them. The Aus/Hun Empire would send them to refugees camps by train. A long the way. Boys and men would be taken off the trains. To help dig and build fortifications along the Aus/Hun-Italian border. The most famous of these. Was The Emperor's Fortress. Built by Emperor Franz Josef. It was his own Maginot Line if you will, so to speak.
-----As the Aus/Hun guns continued to pound the Italians. The barrage would last from, May 15th to May 20th. The Aus/Hun army knew from fighting the Russians in the Carpathians. That it was vital to secure an army's flanks in mountain warfare. Cadorna told me. He was well aware. The wounded started returning from the battlefield. Many Italians were pummeled not just by the shells from the Aus/Hun army. But by the rocky ground, that showered them with lethal chips of rock and steel.
-----As the days past the news was not good for Cadorna. The Aus/Hun army was pushing through the Asiago Plain. The Italian reinforcements tried to hold back the Aus/Hun's at bay. But to no avail. The Italians were being pushed back to their last line of defense. As they knew failure here, would destroy all of Italy's defense everywhere.
-----The 11th Aus/Hun army under the command of Count Viktor Dankl von Krasnik on May 15th crushed the Italian forces between Vallarsa and Val d'Astro. All Cadorna could do is listen as. Aus/Hun army would take Val Terragnolo and the Altopiano di Tonezza. Between May 15th and May 20th, Colsanto, Mount Maggio, Mount Torano, Mount Campomolon and Mount Spitz di Tonezza all fell into Aus/Hun hands. On May 20th the 3rd Aus/Hun army under the command of General Hermann Kovess. Was thrown into the battle at Altopiano dei Settie Comuni.
-----I could see the 1,000 yard stare in Cadorna's face. As he was coming to grips with the facts that the Aus/Hun army in a span of 2 weeks. With a flood of 400,000 troops Conrad had pulled off the Russian front. Had smashed through the Italian center line. Captured 30,000 Italian soldiers. Was on the door step of the Venetian Plain. With only a few natural barriers that Cadorna hoped would stand in their way. Cadorna could only imagine what his counterpart General Conrad von Hoetzendorff was feeling. As Hoetzendorff had his most goal of the offensive in reach. The encirclement of Isonzo. With the news on paper coming in. The Aus/Hun army leaders had every reason to celebrate.
-----Cadorna could see his forces were not going easy. Their resolve remained unbroken. As the Aus/Hun army was finding them to be rugged as they advanced. As the center was cracking. The Italian flanks were holding strong. Which pleased Cadorna. He knew that is what Hoetzendorff was trying to break.
-----As the reports of the fighting came in. Put on the war front battle board. One thing was becoming quite clear to Cadorna. Although the Aus/Hun army controlled the best part of the Sette Communi plateau and the upper portion of the Brenta valley. That area was a sorta blocked in place. Which made it hard to maneuver or advance. Which was a blessing for Cadorna. It gave the Italian troops a chance to gain time. To regroup and catch a second wind. I watched as Cadorna addressed his men. As he prepared Italy's last stand, on the Venetian Plain. He shouted his order,"Remember that here we defend the soil of our country and the honor of our army. These positions are to be defended to the death.
-----Cadorna let on to me. He had pulled of a miracle. In just 3 days time. He pulled troops from all over Italy. Formed the V Army to make a last stand on the Venetian Plain. The V army was made up of 5 corps, a cavalry div., and 400,000 men in total. He knew full well, that the Aus/Hun army was running out of steam. They had no help of their own to call on. The rest of their troops were tied up elsewhere.
-----On May 25th knowing the Italians were regrouping. The Aus/Hun army attacked Monte Cimone north of Arsiero, pushing 2 Italian Alpini battalions. Causing Cadorna to realign his front lines. Some good news for Cadorna coming in was that the Aus/Hun High Command with it's early success in the offensive. Became overconfident and sent troops East from the front. Fearing a Russian attack.
-----On June 4th the Italian H.Q. exploded in cheers. For news came in. That in Glacia, the Russians opened up an offensive of their own(not that Italy hasn't been begging them for weeks). Under the command of General Aleksei Brusilov. June 5th marked the High point of the Aus/Hun offensive in Trentino. The momentum was disappearing for the Aus/Huns. Was quickly building steam on the Italian side.
-----Cadorna started his counteroffensive. Unleashing the V army on June 14th. On June 16th they were pushing at the Aus/Hun flanks. The same day General Hoetzendorff called of his offensive. News was to cause mass celebration on June 25th throughout Italy. For on the 25th of June, The Austro-Hungarian High Command ended all offensives in the region. Cadorna had done what many armies had done before him. Repel the Invaders on the Venetian Plain. Saved Italy, keeping Italy in the war. In one of the treacherous battles of World War I. Where more died from the cold and nature, then from the enemy.
-----As I turned and took one last look at a relieved Italian H.Q., I started walking away. My satchel started glowing, like the dove symbol earlier. Flash of light...Where will I find myself this time?
ConfederateSS wrote:Battle of Asiago/Tournament...1/11
-------Wayward Day's Diary:
-----When I arrived at Italian H.Q.. The Austro-Hungarian offensive(The Strafexpedition) was underway. The Aus/Hun High Command took 18 divisions from the Eastern front. Made up of 400,000 men and 2,000 heavy guns. Their hope was to surprise and smash the Italians in The Alps. Break through to the Venetian Plain. Cut the southern Italian forces at the Isonzo river off. Knocking Italy out of the war.
-----Early successes almost made it possible. If not for a brave last stand by the Italians on the Venetian Plain. Also at the same time, with a weakened Austro-Hungarian Eastern front. The Russians launched an offensive of their own. In a turn of events. The Aus/Hun High Command had to stop their offensive(Strafexpedition). Which allowed Italy to stay in The First World War.
Round 1:(Reason for map---Armies since the Roman Empire have tried to invade Italy from the Alps.)
The Strafexpedition, Gen. Conrad von Hoetzendorff's Austro-Hungarian plan to punish Italy for switching sides in The First World War. With the thumbs up from Archduke Eugene. The offensive against Italy in the Alps opened up on May 15th, 1916. With a barrage of 2,000 artillery guns raining down on Italian lines all along the front.
24 start and 24 move on. Map: Imperium Romanum.,8 players play once, Terminator, Auto, Sequential, Flat Rate, Adjacent, Fog, 30 rounds.
On May 16 Cadorna seen the key position of Mount Pasubio had not been occupied. Ann Italian battalion was hurried up. In a night time march by way of the Passo di Xamo. They beat the Aus/Hun army by 2 hours. When the Aus/Hun army showed up. They were quickly repelled by the Italian defenders.
24 start and 22 move on. Map: King of The Mountains.,1-vs-1,3 games, standard, Auto, Sequential, Escalating, Chained, Fog, 30 rounds.
Round 3:(Reason for map---Many died from frostbite.)
On May 24th The Aus/Hun infantry advanced along the great ridge from Col Santa. Gen. Bertorri had just 4 brigades to stop them by the Barcola Pass. The conditions were very hard, and frostbite was responsible for many casualties.For the snow still lay deep on the high ridges.
22 start and 18 move on. Map: Dustbowl., 1-vs-1, 5 games, Standard, Auto, Sequential,(Flat Rate, Nuclear,Zombie),(Chained,Adjacent), Fog, Trench,30 rounds.
Round 4:(Reason for maps---Misreading orders)
On May 25th the Italian Alpine troops withdrew by misreading an order. The Aus/Hun army was able to occupy the vital position of Corno di Campo Verde. Do to the blunder.
18 start and 18 move on. Maps:(Doodle Earth,Crossword,Poker Club),6 players play on all 3 maps once.,Terminator, Auto, Sequential,(Flat Rate,Nuclear,Zombie),(Chained,Adjacent), Fog,Trench, 30 rounds.
On May 26th Cadorna thought it was wise to make further preparations to considered and planned a retreat from the Isonzo and Cadoro.
18 start and 16 move on. Map: Conquer Rome.,6 players play 3 games.,Terminator, Auto, Sequential, Escalating, Unlimited, Fog, 30 rounds.
On May 27th Conrad asked the Germans to send to Italy a division of the Aus/Hun XII corps, which belonged to prince Leopold's army group. By then Cadorna was holding. Except the parts where Dankl and Kovess were advancing.
16 start and 12 move on. Maps:(Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy).,4-4 player games, 2 on Austro-Hungarian Empire, 2 on Italy,Standard, Auto, Sequential, Escalating, Chained, Fog, Trench, 30 rounds.
Round 7:(Reason for map---Lost in the dark)
On May 29th Dankl's army took possession of Pria Fora. When the Italians who were falling back. Lost their way in the dark, by passing Pria Fora.
12 start and 8 move on. Map: Madness, 6 players play 3 games., Assassin, Auto, Sequential,(Escalating,Flat Rate),(Chained,Adjacent), Fog, Trench, 30 rounds.
On May 28th Kovess had been pushing back the Italians in the Seven Communes. Asiago was evacuated, in the north the 34th div. retreated across the Nos and Campomulo valleys. But communications were hard. Kovess had to make his efforts more to the south.
8 start and 8 move on. Map: Magyarorszag, 4 players, 5 games, Standard, Auto, Sequential, Flat Rate, Adjacent, Fog, Trench, 30 rounds.
Round 9:(Reason for map---Cadorna formed the V army in 3 days.)
On June 2nd Cadorna's V army was assembled in the Venetian Plain. To make Italy's last stand.
8 start and 4 move on. Map: Unification of Italy, 4 players, 3 games, Terminator, Auto, Sequential,(Escalating,Nuclear,Zombie),(Chained,Adjacent), Fog, 30 rounds.
Round 10:(Reason for map---The Russians attack on the Eastern front.)
On June 4th Russian Gen. Brusilov broke through at Lutsk, in the East.
4 start and 2 move on. Map: WWII Eastern Front, 4 players, 5 games, Assassin, Auto, Sequential, Escalating, Chained, Fog, 30 rounds.
On June 6 in spite of the Russian news. Conrad pressed the attack for 10 more days. The Archduke Charles kept attacking Petitti's div. and Kirchbach's I corps made great effort. But with his troops being sent East and Italian reinforcements. Conrad called off the offensive on June 16th 1916. But minor skirmishes continued as both sides stabilized. Italy was saved and stayed in The First World War.
2 start ---Map: Italy, 1-vs-1,7 games Standard, Auto, Sequential,(Flat Rate,Nuclear,Zombie),(Chained,Adjacent), Fog, Trench, 30 rounds.