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Battles in Italy

Battles in Italy brings to you the award-winning Decisive Battles of World War II system and some seriously intense gameplay. Choose to take the Allied side and you're faced with establishing a foothold and control of Italy. Or, select the Germans and face an overwhelming Allied army that is making a run for Axis destruction!
[PC] Update v1.02Jul 15, 2005
[PC] Update v1.02Jul 14, 2005
[PC] Installer v1.00May 24, 2005

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Battles in Italy v1.02 Update Released

Jul. 14, 2005 - New Update Includes Secure PBEM Fix Matrix Games and Strategic Studies Group (SSG) (www.ssg.com.au)…

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Jun. 06, 2005 - June 9th 2005, 10:00 PM Eastern from the Matrix Games Chat Room Matrix Games is very pleased to…

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Battles In Italy Patch Released!

May. 26, 2005 - Matrix Games and Strategic Studies Group today released a minor update for Battles In Italy. This…

Decisive Battles Goes to Italy: Battles in Italy Released

May. 24, 2005 - Award Winning Series Brings New Features in a New Location with Battles in Italy! Matrix…

Battles in Italy Goes Gold!

May. 17, 2005 - Fourth Game in the Award-Winning Decisive Battles Series Goes Gold! Matrix Games and Strategic…


Strategic Studies Group
May 25, 2005
World War II
Western Europe
Turn-Based IGOUGO
Traditional PBEM
PDF E-Book
1 day

Battles in Italy is an operational turn-based game that covers three pivotal battles from the Italian Campaign in World War II: the invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, the landings at Salerno, codenamed Operation Avalanche and the landings at Anzio, codenamed Operation Shingle.

While the invasion of Sicily went more or less to plan, the result in the two subsequent amphibious operations was less certain, with the safety of the beachheads at both Salerno and Anzio in considerable doubt for some time. Neither side has sufficient resources to do the job properly, and improvisation and desperation are the order of the day, and as a result all three battles are tense and exciting affairs.

In Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, the Axis player must plan carefully in order to extract the best possible performance from some less than committed Italian troops, while the Allied player must somehow find a way around or through the many natural defensive obstacles in their way.

In Operation Avalanche, the invasion of the Italian mainland, the Germans can exert severe pressure on the Salerno beachhead, but must defend against Allied forces coming to the relief of the amphibious forces. The Allies must hold fast to their bridgeheads and their vulnerable supply sources, while speeding other formations to the rescue.

Operation Shingle, the Anzio landing, was a bold Allied move to break the stalemate caused by the strength of German defensive lines. The Germans have a real chance to crush the Anzio bridgehead, especially if they transfer troops from their main defensive line. However, if the Allies can break through the weakened lines while avoiding disaster at Anzio then a truly decisive victory is possible. 


© 2005 Slitherine Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Battles in Italy, Slitherine Ltd. and their Logos are all trademarks of Slitherine Ltd. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

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Digital Download

Our Digital Download service sends you a download link to the master game file once your order is complete. You can use this link to download the game directly to your computer over the internet and start playing right away. The download is available to you for thirty days after your order. No shipping is involved and the game is immediately available for you once the order is complete.

Physical Shipment

When you select this option you can use our digital download option to get the game right away and start playing. Then have a boxed copy of the game shipped to you as a backup for permanent storage. With a backup, you'll be prepared for whatever comes your way-whether it's a system crash, a computer virus damaging your files or the software simply no longer functioning as it should. You will be billed to have the game shipped in a printed DVD box with a printed DVD and your serial number.


Digital Express Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it) and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
Standard Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it), a Printed grayscale manual and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
Collector's Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it), a Printed full color manual and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
Collector's Edition Hardback: This edition comes with a full color printed hardback book as the manual, where the DVD is inserted in to the front cover with order number and serial number. Also includes a PDF E-Book indexed manual.