[Belgium] Poplar Ridge - May 21, 1940

Unternehmen Fall Gelb - The Grenadier Guards on the Escaut River.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/23/2019
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
From the 16th of May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) withdrew on the Escaut River, in order to avoid the surroundings due to the German breakthrough at Sedan. On the 21st of May, German infantry of the 31.ID crossed the river and made a thin bridgehead near the village of Pecq. The Grenadier Guards , 1st Infantry Division, counter-attacked and recaptured Poplar Ridge and the control of the river banks. For heroic action in the battle, Lance-corporal H. Nicholls won a Victoria Cross. Missing in action, in fact prisoner of war, Nicholls received his medal in June 1945 only when he came back from the prisoners camp in Germany.
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 Kingdom] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The 3 hexes of Poplar ridge form a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 medal for whoever controls the hills.
So the Allied player begins the game with one medal in his victory path.

Special Rules:
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5) to all Allied units.
- Use "Collapsible Rafts & Boats" rules (Actions 5) to all German infantry units.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Actions 15).
- Remove the "Air Power" card before to begin the game.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Grandes Batailles - La British Expeditionary Force.

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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