[France 1945] Battle of the Authion mountain - April 10, 1945 - April 12, 1945

Opération Canard - Last victory for the Free French Division.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/11/2016
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The 1st DMI (ex-Free French Division) was in the French Riviera in March 1945 after the battle of Alsace. This unit received the order to recapture the Authion mountain (Operation Canard) where a German battalion of Grenadier Regiment 107, was entrenched in early war forts of the Maginot line in the Alps : "La Forca", "Millefourches", "Plan Caval" and "la Redoute des trois communes". On the 10 April, the BIMP (bataillon d'infanterie de marine et du Pacifique) launched the first attack under the enemy fire. This attacked failed with heavy losses. The day after, the same battalion captured the barracks called "Cabanes Vieilles" and continued the attack of the forts. Millefourches fortress was the first to be captured by assault groups equipped with bazookas and flame-throwers. On the 12 April, another battalion of the division, the BM 21 (bataillon de marche n°21) relieved the BIMP and attacked La Forca fortress in spite of the fire from French and German artilleries. After the capture of La Forca, it was Plan Caval fortress which received the assault by French infantry and tanks. Then, at the end of the day, a single Stuart tank of the 1st RFM (régiment de fusiliers-marins) attacked the next fortress, "la Redoute des trois communes" with the support of only four infantrymen. This heroic group received the surrender of this last fortress. At that time, all the Authion mountain was in the French hands.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The fortress called "la Redoute des trois communes" is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Army" rules (Nations 7) to all French infantry units.
- Use "Big Guns" rules (Troops 3) for the German artillery unit.
- Use "Combat Engineer" rules (Troops 4) to the French units with appropriate badges.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets >1942) are in effect for the Axis infantry units equipped with mortars (SWAs 6) or machine-guns (SWAs 7).
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29).
- The fortress hexagons (Terrains 24) are at the same level than mountain hexagons (Terrains 30).
- Exceptionally, in this scenario, the tanks can move on the mountains.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Troupes d'élite", tome 5 - Dernière victoire pour la 1e DFL.
- Album Mémorial Bataille des Alpes - Ed. Heimdal.

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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