One of the most exciting aspects of the upcoming Cassino campaign is creating your own warrior model called an Infantry Ace. During the campaign, you follow your warrior's story as he fights his way through the bloody battlefields of Monte Cassino.
Your Infantry Ace is a company command team, replacing your regular first in command. He retains the ratings and weapons of the team replaced. He is also a warrior (p78 of the rulebook).
As your Infantry Ace fights alongside your company he can earn medals which more importantly unlock new abilities.
Rome and Italy will remain in Axis hands unless the Monte Cassino is stormed.
Blocking the allied advance are elite German divisions, some hardened on the Eastern Front, some in Africa and others selected from the best of the best to form the elite Fallschirmjager.
Not only are there elite German formations equipped with the Latest Panzer IVs and Panthers blocking the route, there is the Rapido River, The Gustav defensive line and the Hitler defensive line. Both lines are deep and constructed with German precision.
Lastly there is the town of Cassino itself
Allied artillery bombardments have taken their toll on the Germans, but have made a a battlefield full of places for an infantryman to hide and spring deadly ambushes on the advancing allies.