One 11" x 17" map |
70 double-sided unit counters | 10-page illustrated rule book
Mounted counters are available for an additional
Editing: Lisa Rohrbaugh
Graphics: Antonio Pinar Pena
Scott Dexter, Phil Diamond, Daniel
Gagnon, and Skip Gibson
DIAMOND IN THE
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