This post is part of an after-action report of Unconditional Surrender! (Salvatore Vasta, GMT Games) and therefore entirely fictitious.
Verona, March 07, 1943
To the Chief of Staff
my investigation of the avalanche which has buried the freight train with supplies for and cut the railway link to the 24th (Gibraltar) Mountain Corps has been completed with the following findings:
- The avalanche has not been caused naturally, but rather through setting off an explosive. The remains of said explosive have been found on the eastern slope of mountains next to the Adige valley. That the avalanche coincided exactly with the time the supply train was passing through compounds these findings.
- Inquiries after the activities of pro-Nazi partisans among the ethnic Germans in these parts of South Tyrol have been inconclusive. The intelligence officers of British Army in Italy are aware of such partisans, but deem it unlikely, yet not impossible, that they have the amount of explosives required to conduct such an operation. It is, however, conceivable that the attack has been carried out by other groups.
I would be remiss not to point out that our Soviet allies have offered to help the Gibraltar Corps out in its current state of need. They have sent several boats with supplies over the river Inn. Claiming that our troops are not trained with Soviet weaponry, these supplies have been limited to foodstuffs. Most of that has been dark bread and potatoes, some of which have been found to be moldy. However, since news of the arrival of the Territorial Army forces in Venice have reached the Alps, the quality of Soviet foodstuffs sent to the Gibraltar Corps has markedly improved.
The supply situation for the Gibraltar Corps is still dire and compounded by the severe weather. I expect the pioneer forces of our division to restore the railway connection by mid-April. Our most valuable ally until then is the weather itself, which, if it were to remain like this, would deter any German attack. Should the skies clear before the Gibraltar Corps can be resupplied, any kind of fighting would put the Corps at risk for immense casualties.
With the utmost respect,
Evelyn Sandringham, Alpinist in the service of the Territorial Army
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