[Normandy] Corridor of death - August 19, 1944

Crossing the Dives.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/01/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x8 x5 x8
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the 19th of August 1944, the Falaise pocket was virtually closed : The 4th Canadian Armoured Division was in Saint Lambert sur Dives and Polish troops of the 1st Polish Armoured Division joined the 90th US Infantry Division in Chambois. Only a thin corridor allowed the Germans to leave the pocket : " the corridor of death", under continuous fire of Allied artillery and air bombing. To cross the Dives river, there were only one bridge in Saint Lambert and a ford at Moissy. These two way points were quickly jammed by the whole German army in retreat. Only the most mobile troops succeeded to cross the Dives and to escape, the others were killed or made prisoners by Allied troops.
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 States/Poland/Canada] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
8 medals.
For Axis troops, exit markers are in effect on the central section of the Allied baseline.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to the Canadian troops only.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the four Axis infantry units with Elite badge.
- Use "Tiger" rules (Troops 16) to the Axis armored unit with a single figure.
- Use "Fords and Fordable rivers" rules (Terrains 41) for the Moissy Ford.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Historica n°53 - Le couloir de la mort.
- Magazine Après la bataille - La bataille de la poche de Falaise.
- "Stalingrad en Normandie" - Eddy Florentin.

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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