[France 1940] Defense of Dunkirk - June 01, 1940 - June 04, 1940

Unternehmen Fall Gelb - Sacrifice of SFF.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/27/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
1st of June 1940 - South of Dunkirk.
Operation "Dynamo", the evacuation of BEF was ending, French troops were also evacuated gradually as well by the French Navy than the Royal Navy. Germans were surrounding the Dunkirk perimeter and they have replaced their armored divisions by infantry divisions better suited to the ground. This flooded area with a lot of canals was perfect for the defense by the French covering troops. On the 1st of June, German 18.Infanterie Division launched the last offensive, with several objectives : to capture the fortified city of Bergues, to cross Canal de Basse-Colme and to reach the embarkation beaches. The mix of French troops which composed the SFF (Secteur Fortifié des Flandres) resisted with the last energy during two days, withdrawing gradually in fighting. Their destiny was tragic : when their turn arrived to be evacuated, it was too last, there were no more boats for them. On the 4th of June, out of ammunition, they were made all prisoners.
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 [France] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
Allied player : 6 medals.
Axis player : 6 medals and at least 1 unit on the French side of Canal de Basse-Colme.

Special Rules:
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- Use "Big Guns" rules for the two artillery units with badges (Troop 3).
- Use "Fords and fordable rivers" rules (Terrain 41).
- Use "Flooded Fields" rules (Terrain 23) and "High Ground" rules (Terrain 25) for the French side of Canal de Basse-Colme.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Historica hors-série n°81 - Dunkerque 1940.
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°17 - Dunkerque juin 40.

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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