|The ground as the English major saw it, his objective upper left.|
|The English advance at the bottom, the Italian machine gun revealing itself from the objective upper left|
The English infantry open up fire from their covered positions
|The Italian machine gun is suppressed by return fire|
|Italian infantry, supported by a machine gun, reveal themselves from the woods covering the objective|
|An English Vickers MMG crew have pushed forward to provide covering fire for the infantry that are taking a lot of fire from the Italians|
|The left wing platoon is hung up amidst Italian suppressive fire.|
So now the forces appear to have squared off.
|Italian mortar fire falls on the English left wing platoon|
|An English section from the centre right is eliminated by the mortar fire|
The English company commander commits a part of his reserve platoon to a striking advance down his right flank.
|The English right flanking move can be seen top right of the photo, the troops pinned by Italian fire from the centre|
Fire on the Italian centre covering the objective from the woods begins to have an effect, the machine gun crew suppressed taking cover.
|Suppressed Italian machine gun|
The game was played using Art Conliffe's Crossfire rules. The Italians were Andy's newly completed first platoon in their first outing on the table. As always with Crossfire games, the action accelerates with frequent changes of initiative as the forces close, making for an exciting encounter. There will be more as the English work to push the defenders on the Italian mainland back from the beaches.