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12584U  [France 1940] Le Paradis
May 27, 1940
Western Front
Battle before a war crime.
By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/11/2013

Historical Background:
Late May 1940, German motorized troops reached the English Channel, cutting off the Allied armies. 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, was part of the rearguard who shielded the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force of Lord Gort towards Dunkirk. After the capture of Bethune, German SS Division "Totenkopf" advanced towards Estaires and the Lys river, suffering heavy losses by the Allied fire. The battle in the area of Lestrem - Le Paradis against the BEF rearguard ended by the massacre of 99 British prisoners of the Royal Norfolk Regiment, among which only two survived miraculously. This was one of the numerous war crimes of the SS Division "Totenkopf" in the Second World War.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United Kingdom] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Actions 15).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the units equipped with mortars (SWAs 3 - Mortar).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "SS en France - mai juin 1940" - Jean Mabire.

Remember, see the memorial at Le Paradis about this war crime.

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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