Keren simulates the Battle of Keren, one of the pivotal engagements
in East Africa during the Second World War. The Italian units, particularly the
Savoia Grenadiers, fought so well the Commonwealth forces had to conduct
three assaults to break their position. Indeed, the Savoia Grenadiers
were never dislodged from their hilltop position, and were only compelled to surrender
after being surrounded an after the other Italian positions had fallen. In
spite of their ultimate defeat, it’s regarded as one of the Italian Army’s most
impressive showings during the entire war.Keren includes one counter sheet (228 counters) and one map of
the Keren area of Eritrea (each hex represents about 220 yards), portraying the
Dongolaas Gorge and the heights on both sides, dominating the area south of
Keren. The system’s unique feature is the ability of infantry units to
self-reduce to dispatch men as supply-runners, as was necessary for both sides
historically. Fighting atop the difficult hills will give players a sense of
why the Italians were so difficult to dislodge, as well as the importance of
artillery and air support, and the limitation on the usefulness of tanks.
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