The Battle of Gazala-Tobruk, 1942
Gazala: the History.
Considered by many authors as Rommel's masterpiece, the battle
of Gazala-Tobruk was one of the most astonishing defeats of the British army
during World War Two, comparable only to the fall of Singapur. Despite of
being outnumbered both on the land and on the air, the Axis forces imposed
its tactical flexibility and superior leadership to the rigidity and lethargy
of the Allied command. The
Commonwealth troops fought with great bravery, but ultimately the Italo German
armored forces won: the 8th Army commander, Ritchie,
violated the principle of concentration by sending its armor reserve in penny
packets instead of concentrating for a massive counterstroke.
Gazala: The Simulation.
Published in issue 8 of the magazine Soldados y Estrategia,
Gazala-Tobruk is a reprint with much improved graphics of the game published
in issue 9 of Alea, sold out many years ago and much sought after by wargamers
and collectors. The game system, of medium complexity, puts the emphasis in
armored combat, with tank/armor units at battalion level and regiments and
brigades for the infantry. Each type of unit exerts a type of ZoC depending
of the quantity and/or quality of its anti tank/armor assets, from rigid ZoC
to semi rigid or no ZoC at all. Other outstanding aspects of the rules are
the HQ units that give combat support (There are HQ at the Army, Corps, Division
levels, and even at Brigade level for independent British Armored brigades);
minefields, air support and Allied redoubts or boxes.
Price: 8 Euros.
* 160 counters and markers.
* 1 DIN A3 sized map
* 1 Play Aid Card.
* 8 pages of rules.
* Historical introduction.