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[Gabon] Landing near Libreville - November 09, 1940

Fratricide fight on the airfield.
By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/03/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
During the three days called "les trois glorieuses" (26th, 27th and 28th of August 1940), the main part of the French Equatorial Africa (AEF) joined Free French. Gabon only stayed in the Vichy's side. Because of its strategical place in the middle of AEF, the Free French decided to force Gabon to joined them. They send two military columns, one reinforced with some light tanks, in the trails of the equatorial forest in direction of Libreville. These columns advanced hardly and slowly in the jungle, so colonel Leclerc ordered a landing of some troops of the Foreign Legion. On the 08th of November, legionnaires of the 13th DBLE landed in the mangrove of Point Mondah. Fratricide fight between Free French troops and Vichy's troops occurred for the capture of the airfield north of Libreville. Once the airfield was in the hands of Free French troops, Vichy forces capitulated in Port-Gentil on the 12th of November. Gabon finally joined Free French.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
Axis player [France-Vichy] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [Free French] : 5 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The main hexagon of the airfield is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Infantry" rules (Nations 7) to the units on both sides.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the 5 Allied units with badges. It represents units of Foreign Legion who have landed the day before.

Scenario Bibliography:
- 39/45 Magazine - Forces Françaises Libres - Combats de l'espoir.
- Mémoire du colonel Tuttenges - Fondation Leclerc.com.

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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