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17 July 1944

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Polish IInd Corps (two infantry divisions, armored brigade), supported by the Corpo Italiano di Liberazione – CIL (5 infantry battalions) and British 7th armored Hussars Regiment is ordered to captured important seaport of Ancona. Port and the nearby area is defended by the two weaken German infantry divisions supported by Kampfgruppe “Peter” (regiment of infantry).

Turn 1 (day):
At the west wing of the front, Polish and British tanks, supported by the Italian infantry, literally crush German infantry. In the centre, polish 5th and 3rd Infantry Divisions attack German positions and, with heavy support of artillery, drive Germans back. Only at the east wing Germans can say about success – combined attack of Polish armored cars and Italian infantry stops at the well prepared defense positions of the Kampfgruppe “Peter”.
Aware that they can’t keep their defense lines in the fire of polish cannons, Germans prepare to withdraw close to the sea, at the line of the hills, but it won’t be easy to withdraw with enemy soldiers at their back.

Turn 2 (day):
At the west wing British-Italian units try to capture city of Lesi, but they can’t drive through well prepared German defense positions at the bridge that leads to the city. Polish armored brigade continues its blitz, attacking German withdrawing units and causing them heavy losses. In the centre, Polish infantry attacks city of Polverigi and captures it, as well as city of St. Stefano. Germans are keeping their defense positions there at the highlands between those two cities at Mt. Offagna. Polish attack of 1st Infantry Brigade stops in the fire of German machine guns. Polish soldiers have to ask for artillery support.
Germans manage to withdraw all the units that survived the slaughter of the east wing to the city of Agugliana and form there another defense position. They also slowly withdraw from the Mt. Offagna, aware that they won’t stand a chance against polish artillery in the next day.

Turn 3 (night):
Polish tanks and infantry tries to captured Agugliana from march, but German 88 Flak guns and machine guns stop them and helps Germans to keep the city in their hands. Mt. Offagna is in Polish hands as well and most of the Polish infantry marches on Ancona now.
Germans prepares their last defense position before Ancona, in the crossroads south of the city. Supported by the few armored guns, they’re ready to fight. Kampfgruppe “Peter” keeps it positions.

18 July 1944
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Turn 1 (day):
Polish troops move their artillery forward, to use it in upcoming attacks at German fortified positions. They want to avoid unnccessery loses. Germans and strengthening their positions as well, aware, that if they lose them, they will have to escape to Ancona. Cities of Camerano and Agugliana are fortified as best as they can be.

Turn 2 (day)
Massive, destructive fire of polish artillery turns German positions into ruins. Just after it polish soldiers begin their attack, capturing all German postions and forcing surviving enemy units to withdraw. Agugliana is captured as well as Lesi and crossroads that lead to Ancona.
Kampfgruppe “Peter” is about to be outflanked, so German soldiers leave their positions and start to withdraw, using the road the goes at the seashore. Their goal is to reach Numana.

Turn 3 (night)
Polish units pursuit Germans, cutting them into three, divided groups. First – in the Falkorata – Chivaravelle region (west), second – in Ancona (middle) and third – between Camerano and Numana (east). Polish 15 Cavalry Regiment (armored cars) reaches Numana to close Germans in the cauldron, but it’s weak unit and it will have to defend city against whole Kampfgruppe “Peter”.
Germans need to recapture Numana, otherwise they will be closed on the seashore, without any way back.
After all night march, Kampfgruppe “Peter” attacks Numana, but Germans are tired and Polish soldiers had enough time to prepare for them. After long fight city stays in Polish hands.

19 July 1944

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Turn 1 (day)
After successfully dividing German forces and closing them into three cauldrons yesterday, Polish II Corps needs to wait for artillery to perform one, last attack that will drive Germans to the sea.
Germans are preparing for the last defense, save to the Kampfgruppe “Peter”. With last, desperate attack it captures Numana.

Turn 2 (day)
Polish artillery turns attacked city into ruins, in which German soldiers are desperately defending their last positions. Fights in the Ancona, Falkorata and crossroads south of Chiaravale are very fierce and very often are hand to hand. Germans are defending every trench and every ruined house.
Kampfgruppe “Peter” leaves the Numana and decides to go with a help to the surrounded Ancona.

Turn 3 (night)
Evening and night of heavy fights, especially in Ancona and Falkorata. Ancona garrison finally surrenders, while German units in Falkorata are still fighting. Kampfgruppe “Peter” suffers from the artillery fire, but reaches suburbs of Ancona, only hour after surrender of the garrison. Germans tries to attack polish units, but are thrown down easily. Having no supplies and surrounded, last units of Kampfgruppe “Peter” have to surrender as well.

20 July 1944

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Turn 1 (day):
Last day of fights begins. Remains of the German forces are defending in two isolated points of resistance, without hope for help or supplies. Polish units double their efforts to finish everything quickly.
After last assault Germans defending the crossroads and bridge south of Chiaravale have to surrender. Last remaining Germans resistance point is Falkorata.

Turn 2 (day)
Falkorata surrenders. Battle is over.

Last thoughts:
This battle is very one-sided, especially thanks to the huge superiority of polish artillery. Polish units can easily divide and destroy German resistance points without much loses, thanks to the artillery fire. Germans don’t have any supplies, so all they can do is to withdraw slowly to the sea.
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