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One 11" x 17" map | 70 double-sided unit counters | 10-page illustrated rule book

Shipping not included

Mounted counters are available for an additional $5

Game Credits:

Game Designer: Paul Rouhrbaugh
Editing: Lisa Rohrbaugh
Graphics: Antonio Pinar Pena
Playtesting: Brian Brennan,
Scott Dexter, Phil Diamond,  Daniel Gagnon, and Skip Gibson

Battle of Fort Driant
October 3-13, 1944

Diamond in the Rough is a game similar to the earlier release of a Test of Mettle, one of our Professional Edition games released.

The Battle of Fort Driant was a constituent battle in the 1944 Battle of Metz, during the Lorraine Campaign and the greater Siegfried Line Campaign. The battle was on occupied French territory between the forces of the United States Third Army under the command of General George S. Patton.

Fort Driant was located five miles southwest of Metz, just west of the Moselle River. Originally built in 1902 and named after Colonel Émile Driant, the fort was continuously reinforced throughout World War II by both the French and German armies. Fort Driant was made from steel reinforced concrete, it was also surrounded by a deep dry moat and barbed wire. It housed five main gun batteries of 150mm guns, infantry trenches, and armored machine gun and observation posts. From its commanding position, it could direct heavy fire in the Moselle Valley.

When the U.S. Third army arrived at Metz, they were quickly drawn into a stalemate with the German defenders for weeks over control of the city and its perimeter. Upon sustaining heavy losses attacking the fortifications, it was clear to the Americans that Fort Driant would have to be taken to establish effective control of the fortifications around the city. Patton declared the fort an easy target, and committed elements of the 5th Infantry Division to the attack.


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