A couple days later and it's October 6, 1943, with the regiment having just forced the Villa Literno river. On its march towards the (fictional) village of Alfredo Ravioli, the regiment once again finds itself squaring off against a dug-in German defensive line. 1st Battalion is thrown at the first of a series of hills, Hill 125. Able Company is again in the lead, following Baker Company's unsuccessful attempt at cracking the German line. More air and artillery is called up, and once again the paratroopers prepare to cross the line of departure.
Once again, heavy fire pours into the company almost from the start of its advance, and platoon movement quickly breaks down into squad rushes urged on by battle-wise officers and NCOs. As the moment for the final push arises, we find Lt Shepherd at the head of Sgt Bettis' 1st Squad.
Urrah! Or 'Currahee,' or whatever paratroopers of the (made up) 499th PIR say (every Army unit says something different). The Germans suffered 3 KIA, while one ran away. The platoon suffered Sgt Bettis being wounded bad enough to miss the next 16 days of combat, while Lt Shepherd was recommended for the Bronze Star for personally leading the attack into the German MG position.
Once again, a good time, just still not all that enthralled with the morale system. Once again there were times when I got double pins and didn't know what to do, and two men (one German, one American) ran off as soon as they were fired at, which seems a bit steep a 'punishment' to me (to go from a 'good' mental state to running from the battlefield, abandoning your buddies at the drop of a hat). I'm going to change some things up next game, we'll see how it goes.