Sicily '43 is a wargame about the allied invasion of Sicily also called "Operation Husky". Operation Husky did place from the 10th July until the 17th August 1943. At this date, the last German forces left the island.
About this subject, more detail is available for instance on the Wikidia page Operation Husky. The allied forces included Canadians attached to the 8th English army of General Montgomery. An audio document from Radio Canada (in French) and a page including several letters from a medical officer are historical documents on the Invasion of Sicily, from a Canadian prospective.
The American army was also supported by Morocan troops see for instance this Morocan site (in French)
In the game, the English and American are against the Italian and the German. The game is a race: the different objectives are town to be captured before a given date of the calendar.
The illustration is signed by Enea Riboldi.
Opening of the box
The box includes the rulebook, the example book, the 5 parts of the map, 2 dice, the counters and a sheet for the combat result table and the calendar..
The map represents the Sicily. The mountains are well visible, including the Etna volcano, in the north east.
On the map are indicated the possible landing zones (beaches), the railways, the rivers. To facilitate the game set-up, the starting zones of the German and Italian troops are printed. Under each town name, the target date for the capture is also printed.
The counters represent the allied and axis forces (infantry, artillery, tanks, marine, aviation, armoured trains), and also different markers (mined field, explosion, broken bridges, logistic centres, coastal bunkers).
The rules in English are available on the site http://www.grognard.com
The rulebook includes 32 pages in 4 languages (Italian, English, German, French).
The calendar begins the 10th of July and finishes the 16th of August. The first 2 turns represents one day and all the following 2 days.
Each turns begins with a preliminary phase:
- Each player roll one die in order to see who will be the first
- Weather check
- Anti aircraft artillery effects
Then the combat phase is played:
- Air raids combats
- first player movements
- second player movements
The game rules includes the Artillery, the armoured trains (mobile artillery and transport), the weather, the bombings, the landings, the paratroopers and airborne units, the transportation by boat.
Errata and player aids
Special thanks to Bathory who send to me:
- Erratas & clarification (enhanced rules)
- a table of terrains
- some counters to be printed
An article in Casus Belli n°6
There is an article about this game in Casus Belli n°6 near a very negative description of Okinawa.
The article about Okinawa and Sicily 43 in Casus Belli 6 (french)
An article in Fire & Movement n°24
Some price (2004-2006):
SICILY '43 overview
Game for 2/3/4 players from 15 years on
Time of game: 4 hours
Time of each move on scale: 2 days
Level of difficulty: 5 (very hard)
Remark: there is no "jeux et stratégie" fiche on this game. An oversight ?
Sicily '43 on La caverne
Sicily '43 on Boardgamegeek
Sicily '43 on Isimulacrum
Sicily '43 on Trictrac
The Cyberboard Gamebox for '43 by cyber bubulle
The rules in English on the site http://www.grognard.com
A similar game:
Invasion Sicily by GMT Games.
Time scale: 3 days per turn
Similar map scale
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