As I was setting the Sicily game it occurred to me the terrain (with just a little modification) could be used for other periods I play. So here is a SCW game on virtually the same table.
Drive to the Sea
The Battle of Teruel exhausted the material resources of the Republican Army, and wore out the veteran Republican troops. A slowdown of supplies from the Soviet Union exacerbated the difficulties of the Republican government, whose armament industry in Catalonia was already beleaguered. At the same time, however, Francisco Franco had concentrated the bulk of the Nationalist forces in the east and was preparing to drive through Aragon and into Catalonia and the Levante. The Nationalists were able to concentrate 100,000 men between Zaragoza and Teruel with the best troops in the lead. Even though the Nationalist army was numerically inferior to the Republican forces, the Nationalists were better equipped and had almost 950 airplanes, 200 tanks and thousands of trucks.
The Rebel offensive which began at Belchite on March 10th continues a pace, the government forces and militia including the famed International Brigades have no answer to the Rebels overwhelming air support and artillery.
As columns spread out south towards the Mediterranean, one such column meets up with the enemy!
A motorised column from Yague`s elite Army of Africa, including some armoured vehicles is moving south taking advantage of a good road. In front of them is a small village situated on a good stone bridge over a steep-sided seasonal river (mostly dry). Cavalry scouts have already spotted a road block and have warned the column the village is probably occupied by Government troops!
Army of Africa column
All mounted in trucks:
Caros de combate company
Cavalry recce troop (begins game already on table)
Company of militia de Aragon
AT rifle team
50mm mortar team
75mm field gun plus crew
Guardia de Asalto company
Including an armoured car and armoured lorry
Opening moves, the Army of Africa column arrives, the cavalry scouts are already on the table.
The Republican 75mm opens up with some truly awful dice rolling, but it does halt the column and Legionnaires jump from their trucks
The Regulares also begin to arrive and leap from their trucks, the legion command element (in overall command) takes up a central position to control all attacking elements. The 75IG is set-up to engage the Republican 75mm.
Both guns exchange shots, the IG causes casualties among the Republican crew, but the 75mm scores its first real hit of the game and destroys the IG
The Panzer I leads the assault across the bridge, but the militia AT rifle quickly stops it dead (driver killed maybe?)
The Republican 50mm mortar and the Milicina LMG team stall the legionnaires advance throughout the game this little mortar was a constant pain to the rebels causing niggly casualties most rounds!
No less than 3 MMGs, an LMG, 2 vehicle mounted MGs, a 20mm cannon and a 80mm mortar plaster the house with the Milicinas whilst the Regulares move forward and prepare their assault across the river and bridge.
The Republican 75mm disrupts the Legionnaires attack
Rebel mortars finally silence the 75mm by reducing its crew and causing the rest to abandon their gun
On the left a Legion platoon out flanks the defending militia, caught in a devastating crossfire they don`t last long!
Legionnaires and Regulares cross the bridge under fire from militia
Rebel mortars zero in the defenders
The assault Guards arrive to bolster the defence
Unfortunately so does the Condor Legion airforce
The Regulares prepare to assault the village, the defenders fire is slackening as mortars and machine guns silence one position after another
The Heinkel swings around and strafes the milicinas breaking their morale
Several rounds of vicious close assaults and house clearing follow, before the remaining militia abandon their defence and flee!