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1287A  Across the Meuse
May 13, 1940
Western Front
Unternehmen Fall Gelb
By: RBorg - Last update: 12/19/2008

Historical Background:
In 1940, the German plan was for Army Group B to overrun Holland and then move more slowly into Belgium to lure the bulk of the Allied armies in the Low Countries. Army Group A would then drive through the Ardennes Forest, splitting the Allied forces in two halves and effectively cutting off those in Belgium. The Allied High Command deemed the Ardennes largely impassable and never dreamed that German forces would make their primary push through this rough terrain. By May 10-12, the German plan known as "Fall Gelb" was unfolding as hoped for, at least as far as the Germans were concerned.

One major obstacle, the Meuse River, still stood in the way of their advance. By May 13, German troops were in position at a number of strategic points along the river. In the area around Haux and Dinant, the 6th and 7th motorized regiments and armor units of Hermann Hoth's Panzer Corps were poised to cross over the Meuse. The French 18th Infantry and elements from 5th Motorized Division were dug-in behind well prepared positions and set to oppose the crossing. Accurate dive-bombing attacks against the French artillery positions, and the timely construction of a pontoon bridge, helped the Germans turn the tide quickly. Despite the frantic efforts of the French, bridgeheads were quickly established at Haux, Monthermé and Sedan. The German Armor, spearheaded by its Stukas and supported by motorized infantry, roared forward on a 50 mile front. The German Blitz was now in full display!

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

Axis Player
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player
Take 4 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.

The town on the French baseline is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Axis Forces.

Special Rules:
Blitz Rules are in effect (Actions 15-Blitz Rules).

Place a badge on the elite French armor unit (Troops 2 - Specialized units).

For the Axis forces, Pontoon Bridges rules are in effect (Terrain 33 - Pontoon Bridges).

Air Rules are optional: If used, give the Axis player both Air Sortie cards at the start of the game.

Scenario Bibliography:
December 2008 on-line scenario release

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