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9365U  [France 1945] Liberation of Oléron
May 01, 1945
Western Front
Last battle on the island.
By: jdrommel - Last update: 11/11/2012

Historical Background:
After the successful landing on Gatseau Beach and the setting of strong bridgehead, French troops were ready to advance towards Saint Pierre d'Oléron on the 1st of May 1945. A new landing on the east coast of the island during the night gave the reinforcement of French troops called Groupe Franc Marin Armagnac (GFMA). Axis troops, entrenched in the villages, were made by heterogeneous units such as : fortress infantry, marine artillery, a bicycle company and some Italian submariners used as infantrymen. The French attack began early in the morning and advanced quickly with the support of Somua tanks of 13th RD (Régiment de Dragons) and Bren carriers of 18th RCC (Régiment de Chasseurs à Cheval). At 14h30, Saint Pierre d'Oléron was in French hands and the last German troops surrendered in the evening : Oléron was definitively liberated.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany/Italy] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [France] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Saint Pierre d'Oléron is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Royal Italian Army" rules (Nations 6) to the Axis unit with Italian badge.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to all units with elite badge.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Les victoires françaises de la Seconde Guerre mondiale" - Dominique Lormier.
- Guide touristique Oléron - les cicatrices de l'Histoire.

Official scenario of the FFM44, played in the Memoir'44 tournament in Nantes on the 10th of November 2012.

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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