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[French Resistance] The tragedy of Glieres maquis - March 26, 1944

"Freedom or Death".
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 10/29/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
For the French Resistance, the plateau of Glieres (near Annecy at 1500 meters of altitude) was designed to be a free area for the maquis of Savoy and a future base to attack the enemy. In the early 1944 the "Glieres Battalion" was composed by young French resistant to the STO, some Spanish Republicans and some FTP (French communist resistance). On the 14th of February, the plateau of Glieres was surrounded by French Vichyst troops and the first fighting occurred at this time between the French Resistance and the French Milice. In March, German troops decided to attack (Unternehmen Hoch-Savoyen). Under continuous German artillery fire and Luftwaffe air attacks, fighting against German Gebirgsjägers well-trained and superior in numbers, the Glieres Battalion received on the 26th of March the order to break off the action and to disperse. This was the beginning of a terrible repression by the enemy (German troops and French Milice). Despite of this tragical end, The battle of Glieres became famous in German occupied France as well as in the free world, showing that the French Resistance was able to battle against the enemy for the freedom of the country.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
Allied player [French Resistance] : 5 command cards.
Axis player [Germany/French Milice] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
"La Commanderie" is a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Resistance" rules (Nation 1) to all Allied units. Badges are not required.
- Axis units with only three figures are the French Milice. The destruction of any Milice unit is an Allied medal. Place a battle star token to make then different from other Axis units.
- For the Allied player, "Air Power" and "Barrage" cards are not allowed. Use them to activate only one infantry unit instead.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Glières" - Ouvrage de l'Association des Rescapés des Glières.
- Magazine Troupes d'élite - Tome 11 - La tragédie des Glières.

Remember, see the French Resistance Monument on the Glieres Plateau and the National Cemetery at Morette.

Warning:
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.

Set-up Order
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