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[France 1940] The British attack First at Abbeville (1/3) - May 27, 1940

Unternehmen Fall Gelb - British attack
Western Front By: Guy2Luz - Last update: 05/29/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x8 x5 x8
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The name Abbeville appeared in the news on May 20, 1940, when the 2nd Panzer Division reached the English Channel after crossing the Meuse at Sedan. With Abbeville conquered the battle for Dunkirk began. On the 23rd, the 2nd Panzer Division marched north, leaving a front of 80 km to only 2 Motorized Infantry Divisions located in seven bridgeheads south of the Somme. This will be the basis for a general offensive to the south, the second phase of the war to be undertaken as soon as the Allied forces encircled in the north have been neutralized. The German situation is dangerously fragile.
Faced with this threat the French Staff detached the only available motorized units of 2, 3 and 5 Light Cavalry Divisions to go quickly to the Somme. There are reinforced by the 27th Recon Group of Infantry Division (GRDI), single element of the 1st army of Belgium, which is reached to cross the Somme before the Germans arrived .
For its part, after the capture of Cambrai on 16 May, the War Office urgently sent the 1st Armoured Division to France. Although half of the heavy tanks were landed at Calais, the rest were sent to Cherbourg. On 27 May, the 1st Armoured Division, with a half strength brigade of heavy tanks, a brigade of light tanks and a support group consisting of the 4th battalion, The Border Regiment and the 101st Light Anti-Aircraft/Anti-Tank Regiment attacked towards the Somme at Abbeville. General Evans, the divisional commander, could count on the support of two depleted motorized brigades from the 2nd and 5th DLC along with some artillery, armored cars and light tanks, which was all that remained following their battles in the Ardennes.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany]
6 Command cards.

Allied player [Great-Britain/France]
5 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
8 medals.

The central hex of Mount Caubert and church at Abbeville each report as a Temporary Medal Objective for the Allies.

Special Rules:
BCF rules are in effect (Nation 5 - BCF)
French Army Command rules are in effect (Nation 7 - French Army)
Place an elite unit badge on the French (Dragon) infantry units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units).
Special Weapon Asset early war rules (SWAs 1 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the Axis unit equipped with Anti Tank Gun (SWAs 2 - Anti tank Gun) and for Allied unit equipped with Machine Gun (SWAs 8 - Machine Gun).
The River Somme is impassable except by bridges (Land 8 - Rivers)
Armor Breakthrough rules are in effect (Actions 22 - Armor Breakthrough) for the Allied player : Two Allied Armor unit with tree figures may enter the board through by any one hex of the central section. This simulates the arrival of the Royal Tank Regiment.
The Air Power card is played as an Artillery Bombard Tactic card.

Place a "Pegasus" badge on the Armored cavalry units (units with 2 figures) : They may move 3 hexes. All other allied armored move 2 hex.

Scenario Bibliography:
- L'offensive Blindée alliée d'Abbeville - Henri de Wailly - Economica
- La bataille d'Abbeville - Henri de Wailly - Vae Victis n°7 mars-avril 1996

- Translation : with aid of Major Duncan

Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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