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[Syria] Battle of Nebek - June 29, 1941

Operation Exporter - Treason in the Vichy HQ.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 02/23/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In late June 1941, the Free French Brigade advanced on the road Damascus to Homs, with the BM2in vanguard. At Nebek, the Free French were informed that a Vichy French counter-attack was planned soon. Actually, Vichy French captain d'Ornano had been ordered to counter-attack on Nebek with two battle-groups : one mobile group made of units of cavalry and armoured cars to attack the enemy flank and one made of infantry of the 16th regiment of Tunisian and seven R-35 tanks to attack the enemy front. But in the morning of the 29th of June, just before the attack, the mobile battle-group received un order from the HQ not to attack but to withdraw. So, only the infantry and tanks attacked Nebek. First victorious by breaking through the Free French lines, the Vichy attackers were quickly under heavy fire and fiercely counter-attacked by Free French Senegalese troops. Without the help of the mobile battle-group, the Vichy attack was doomed to fail and the Tunisian soldiers suffered heavy losses and then withdraw. Nobody knew at the Vichy HQ who had ordered the mobile battle-group to withdraw before the battle.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The 9 hexes of Nebek form a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 Medal for whoever controls the village.
So the Allied player begins the game with one medal in his victory path.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Army" rules (Nations 7) to all French infantry units (Vichy troops and Free French). Badges are not required.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Syrie 1941, la guerre occultée - Vichystes contre Gaullistes" - Henri de Wailly.
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°50 - De l'Irak à la Syrie - 1941.

Official scenario of the FFM44, played in the Memoir'44 tournament in Nantes on the 10th of December 2016.

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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