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Adventure in the Dodecenes

Adventure in the Dodecenes
Operation Accolade (1943)

Several non-historical adaptations have been made to this campaign to make it playable for 400+ players. 

1) Obviously the both sides had more planes involved in the battle than were historical available and involved in the battle for Dodecanese campaign in 1943.

2) British air assets were based out of Cyprus and later Kos. British Carriers were not involved in the scaled campaign of just invading the Dodecanese instead of the Dodecanese and Crete. British CVs have been added to the event to allow for flexibility and increase the theater of operations.

3) We do not have the appropriate British Carrier dive bomber so the SBD will be subbing for it. 

4) Historically the Italian air assets in the Dodecenes and Greek theater were SM.79s, Cant.Z1007s, CR.42, and M.200s. For playability sake the Italians will be given M.202s, M.205s, and Ju87s; all of which they operated at the time of their capitulation but in a different theater.

5) The theater of operations has been widen to the original goals of Accolade, which were Crete, the Greek Islands, and the Dodecenes islands. 

6) The B26 and Mossie have been added to the British side. The British did not have bombers involved historically in this campaign except 3 days in October and 2 days in November. Beaufighters were used so the Mossie should be a decent replacement. 

7) I have given the Germans 110G2 for balance purposes. 

8) Historically P38s were involved in the campaign but only to cover the British withdrawal from the Dodecenes. So they will be available in frame 3

With the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa in spring 1943, Winston Churchill advocated that the Allies should strike German forces in the Aegean next. He envisaged an operation to capture the Dodecanese and Crete which would not only deprive the Axis of excellent forward bases in the Mediterranean, but also apply pressure on neutral Turkey to join the war. In addition, this would also provide a supply route through the Dardanelles to Russia as an alternative to the current Arctic Convoys and route through Iran in use. At the Casablanca Conference, the initial go-ahead was given, and Churchill ordered his commanders to lay out relevant plans on 27 January 1943.

The plans, codenamed "Operation Accolade," called for a direct attack on Rhodes and Karpathos, with three infantry divisions, an armored brigade, and relevant support units. Landings at Crete were dropped because it was too well fortified and had a strong German garrison. The main problem faced by the planners was the difficulty of countering the X Fliegerkorps of the Luftwaffe because of a lack of air cover, since the allied aircraft were based in Cyprus and the Middle East. Demands for aircraft, supplies, ships, and troops for the upcoming invasion of Sicily further exacerbated operational planning for Accolade. The United States was also skeptical about the operation, which they regarded as aiming mostly at post-war political benefits for Britain, and an unnecessary diversion from the main front in Italy. Ultimately, the U.S. refused to support Operation Accolade and warned the British that they would have to go on alone.

As an Italian surrender became increasingly possible, in August 1943 the British started preparations to take quickly advantage of a possible Italian-German split, in the form of a scaled-down "Accolade". A force based on 8th Indian Division started being assembled, and America assistance in the form of P-38 Lightning long-range fighter squadrons was requested. As a result of the Quebec Conference however, and the American refusal to assist the British plans and the forces and ships earmarked for "Accolade" were diverted to other fronts, barely a week before the surrender of Italy on 8 September.

On the announcement of the Armistice, the Italian garrisons on most of the Dodecanese Islands either wanted to change sides and fight with the Allies or just return to their homes. However, in anticipation of the Italian surrender, German forces, based largely in mainland Greece, already had plans in placed to counter this and rushed to block the British from taking control of the islands as they launched operation Accolade.


BRITISH (Allied)

Mosquito MK VI
P-38G (limited and only in Frame 3)
Spitfire V
Spitfire IX
Seafire II

ITALIAN (Allied)

Bf 109G-2
Bf 109G-6
Bf 110G-2
Ju 88A-4

The sides will be divided into roughly 49% Allies and 51% Axis, do to the Axis historically turning out slightly less than the allies in events.


05 pts - Single Engine AC with 1 crew
10 pts - Single or double engine AC with 2 crew
15 pts - Double Engine AC with 3+ crew

288 - Small Airfield
396 - Medium Airfield
572 - Large Airfield
219 - Vehicle Base

CV - 120 points
CA - 60 points
DD - 30 points

NOTE: When a base is attacked the attacker gets the points for objects destroyed at the base while the defender gets the points for all objects not destroyed at the base. 

- Greece
- Fuel 1.00
- Icons --> Friendly and Enemy 3K at all altitudes
- .5 Ack 
- Radar: none
- Fighter and Bomber warning range 26,000 (about 5 miles) 
- Tower range set to 26,000 (for display only to match the above setting) 
- Clouds / visibility 
  Frame 1, 11 miles
  Frame 2, 7 miles
  Frame 3, 8 miles
- Radar off 
- Friendly collisions off 
- Enemy collisions on
- Kill shooter off 
- Calm winds 
- Time: 11 AM
NOTE: special rules sent out with the objectives trump these special rules.

1. Nobody gets a second life. 

2. Bomber formations are enabled for B26s and JU88s.

4. Partial damage is awarded for CV damage. If the a CV suffers 2000 lbs of damage  40 points are awarded. If a CV suffers 4000 lbs of damage another 40 points are awarded for a total of 80. If the CV is sunk the full amount of 120 points is awarded (the last 40 points is added to the previous 80).
5. A minimum and maximum number will be assigned to each aircraft type. The CiC of each side must deploy the designated minimum per aircraft type and can not more than the maximum per aircraft type. Outside of that the CiCs can deploy the aircraft types anyway the want (i.e. can have squads fly 2 aircraft types and in split they wish as long as squads are assigned same objective). 

6. If both CiCs agree they may have the setup CM end the frame early. This is usually done if one side wipes out the other side (i.e. 60 versus 5). 

7. Dead pilots may gun bombers. They may not man the guns of airfields or ships. 

8. Ships can maneuver by the their side during the frame as long as they stay in their containment area. Ships must stay in containment area defined in the objective orders. If they go outside of the containment area a penalty will be assessed. 

9. All targets must be attacked within the first hour of the event. Both CiCs should include sending their battle plans to me so that I have proof that they planned to attack their targets by T+60. 

10. All attack targets assigned must be attacked by a credible force. I define a credible force to be at the very least 2 x 4-6 squads (so 8-12 planes) or 1 7x10 squad. Obviously CiCs can deploy a larger force per target as their plan dictates but no defending or attacking with just 1 x 4-6 squad. 

11. All defense targets must be defended by a credible force. I define a credible force to be at the very least I define a credible force to be at the very least 2 x 4-6 squads (so 8-12 planes) or 1 7x10 squad.Obviously CiCs can deploy a larger force per target as their plan dictates but no defending or attacking with just 1 x 4-6 squad.

12. Bombing calibration will be MA norm.

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