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Ariete - The Battle of Bir el Gubi, Libya

By: Multi-Man Publishing

Type: Ziplock

Product Line: War Games (Multi-Man Publishing)

Last Stocked on 4/24/2023

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Ariete - The Battle of Bir el Gubi, Libya
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Ariete is a Tactical Combat Series (TCS) game covering the Italian Ariete Division’s defense of Bir el Gubi, Libya, on November 19, 1941.

The well-equipped yet inexperienced British 22nd Armoured Brigade saw an opportunity to season itself against a supposedly weak Italian formation. At full-strength with 162 brand-new Crusader tanks, the British were eager to emulate the easy victories against the Italian 10th Army the previous winter. What actually ensued was a swirling desert battle between evenly matched opponents.

Ariete covers this entire mobile action in turns representing 30 minutes each and a map scale of 150 meters per hex. Units range from sections to platoons. A minimal amount of special rules bring the Tactical Combat Series to North Africa, highlighting the unique tactical challenge of the desert environment.

The Italian player must manage a mobile defense against stronger British armored units until reinforcements arrive in the form of the 132nd Tank Regiment. He must make good use of artillery and AT assets (especially truck-mounted 102mm guns) to bloody the Brits and set them up for an armored counterattack.

The Commonwealth player must solve the problem of using an armor-only force to crack defensive positions held by a well-led combined-arms force. The desert environment, with swirling dust clouds and relatively long lines of sight, will not help him in this regard!

Ariete components:

  • Tactical Combat Series version 4.02 rulebook
  • Ariete game-specific rulebook
  • 8 Scenarios:

    • Attack of the 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, 11-12 turns
    • Short Version: A Chance Encounter, 5 turns
    • Attack of the 4th County of London Yeomanry, 11-12 turns
    • Short Version: "The Nearest Thing to a Cavalry Charge", 5-6 turns
    • The Battle of Bir el Gubi, 11-12 turns
    • Short Version: The Attack on the 8th Bersaglieri, 5 turns
    • The "Ram" Strikes - Counterattack of the 132nd Tank Regiment, 6 turns
    • The Battle of Bir el Gubi (Open Deployment), 18 turns
  • two Tactical Combat Series Charts & Tables
  • one full-color 22" x 34" map
  • 280 counters (see a sample here)
  • zip lock bag (*Note: In order to keep production costs down, we are producing Ariete as a bagged game only; there will not be a boxed edition.)

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