Damour, Syria July 5-6th 1941
The River Damour was the last natural defense line south of Beirut, after several months of surprisingly hard fighting (surprising to the Allies), the Vichy forces were finally tiring and the end of the campaign was in sight.
The lead Allies units were elements of the Australian 7th Division under Major General Arthur "Tubby" Allen, the basic plan was to cross the Damour River and seize several key villages and high hills before moving onto the town opening the coast road to Beirut.
Map of the actual battle
For simplicities sake we started the game at dawn on July 6th with 2 Australian companies already across the Damour and a third in the process of crossing along with some support (a 3" mortar and a Vickers) these hvy weapons too difficult to move at night over such rugged terrain.
25lbrs ready to support the attack
In the two villages El Atiqa & El Boum the Vichy await a mix of local militia/gendarmerie stiffened by Legionnaires and Senegalese.
Once they reached the track they began to received rifle and MG fire also
A nasty surprise appears out of El Atiqa
Quickly dealt with by a Boys AT rifle
the Aussies push across the track against stiff resistance
French `75 battery wiped out
French reserves form up in Damour
The Aussie 6th cavalry waits for the bridge to be fixed
French reserves form a new line north of El Atiqa
6th cavalry crosses the Damour
And engages the french armour
Aussies seize point 560
and move to out-flank the new Vichy line
Obviously we scaled down both sides to make a reasonable game, but it played out pretty much as it did in 1941, the only difference was the French counter-attack which was never committed in the actual battle.