[France 1940] The bridge of Le Veurdre - June 18, 1940

Unternehmen Fall Rot - Heroic defense in the last days.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 03/06/2016
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the 16th of June 1940, Captain Bastiani, Fire brigade of Paris, was ordered to defend a bridge near Le Veurdre on River Allier. With the help of Lieutenant Legris, he could rally about thirty soldiers from several units. With these volunteers, he prepared a defensive position near the bridge. On the 18th of June, a German armored column (maybe from the 9.Panzer Division) arrived in front of the bridge. The Germans were repulsed by the fire of this little group of French soldiers. For three hours, they stopped the enemy inflicting heavy losses. The German infantry could cross the river upstream from the village of Le Veurdre in order to outflank the French position. Captain Bastiani, Lieutenant Legris and five others french soldiers were killed during the fight, the others with several wounded had to surrender. When the people of the village buried the seven heroes in the cemetery of Le Veurdre,the Germans payed honor to them for their gallantry and the sacrifice of their lives. In the same time, in London, General de Gaulle gave his famous "Appel" on the BBC.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
For the Axis player, use the "Exit" token rules (Action 23) to the road hexagon in the village.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Army" rules (Nations 7) to all Allied infantry units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules for all Axis infantry units (Troop 2). Badges are not required.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for Allied units equipped with anti tank guns (SWAs 5) or machine guns (SWAs 8).
- Use "Blitz" rules (Actions 15).
The Allier river could be crossed only by the fords (Terrains 41) and the bridge.
- "Air Power" card is removed of the game before to play.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Comme des lions" - Dominique Lormier.

Remember, see the memorial near the bridge and the war graves in the local cemetery.

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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