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Courageous Tragedy: The Battle of Belchite, August-September 1937

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Courageous Tragedy is a simulation game covering the Republican offensive at Aragon Front in August 1937 in an attempt to take Zaragoza during Spanish Civil War.

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Category Classic wargame
Mechanics Hex-and-Counter
Ages 12+
Max Players 2
Play Mode Competitive
Play Time An evening
Designer Paul Rohrbaugh
Artist Bruce Yearian
Game Scale Grand Tactic

Due to the stalemate at Brunete the Republicans launched a new offensive further east in Aragon Province. The new offensive would again be spearheaded by the International Brigades by the Army of the East. The goal was to break through the Nationalist lines and take the key city of Zaragoza. Success here would compel the Nationalists to withdraw, bringing relief to the city of Madrid and demonstrating the Republican cause could still win the civil war.


The Nationalists had stripped this portion of the front of troops, with only three divisions holding the line. Despite their superiority in men and tanks, as well as the commitment of nearly all of the Republican air force to the offensive, the Nationalists grimly held to their positions and were able to disrupt the Republican attack. The fighting was particularly hard at Belchite, where fighting degenerated into a house-to-house slugfest that left the city in ruins.


By the start of September, the Nationalists had brought up reinforcements and gained air superiority. However, the Republican’s determination managed to hold off the Nationalist counter-offensive, and by the 6th a stalemate in the war returned here.

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