Two, 11" x 17" maps
420 single-sided unit counters
Mounted counters are available for an additional
Game Design: Roberto Chiavini
Editing: Lisa Rohrbaugh
Graphics: Bruce Yearian
Brian Brennan, Luigi Caruso, Andrea Chiavini, Tony
Morgan, Paolo Poli, Paul Rohrbaugh,
CHRISTMAS IN HELL
The Battle of Ortona
December 22-29, 1943
is a solitaire play game on the final days of the battle
of Ortona fought from December 22-28, 1943.
The battle for this small port city on the
Italian Adriatic coast was waged by the remnants of some
German Fallschirmjager (Paratrooper) battalions and two
regiments of Canadian troops. It was among the most
ferocious and insane city-fights on the Italian Front
during World War II.
battle was much more prolonged and bloody than the
strategic importance of the city called for, but both
sides used the situation to further their own personal
ambitions. Hundreds of men on both sides paid the
ultimate price for what many historians consider a
futile and indecisive fight.
this game, the active player takes on the role of the
Canadian forces, sent inside a ruined city that is full
of snipers, machine gun nests and booby traps. You are
trying to do your best to avoid losses and take the city
according to the High Command’s schedule.