[France 1940] Battle of Voreppe - June 24, 1940

Unternehmen Fall Rot - Last battle, last victory.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/05/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    

Historical Background:
The armistice between France and Germany was signed on the 22nd of June but it came into effect only on the 25th, so German troops tried to occupy the most possible of ground in France before this date. The 3.Panzer Division had the city of Grenoble as objective, situated only some kilometers from its first units. On the 24th of June, after an artillery fire, the 3.Panzer Division attacked. But in the village of Voreppe, German troops were stopped by roadblocks made by the battle group Cartier, made up by one company of the 215th Infantry Regiment, one company of the 25th Senegalese Regiment and some 47mm guns armed by Navy soldiers. At the top of the mountain called "Bec de l'Echaillon", Captain de Vergeron, as artillery observer, ordered the fire of 105mm and 155mm artillery batteries set up on the Vercors plateau. Held up in front of Voreppe, German troops were under the devastating fire of the French artillery and suffered heavy losses. They didn't reach Grenoble and so the city remained in the free zone (Vichy state).
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

- Axis Player [Germany] : Take 6 Command cards. You move first.
- Allied Player [France] : Take 5 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.
For the Axis player, Exit marker rules (Actions 23) are in effect on the hexagon marked "vers Grenoble".

Special Rules:
- Use "French Army Command" rules (Nations 7).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for the Allied units equipped with anti-tank guns (SWAs 2).
- Use "Forward Spotting" rules (Action 4) to the French observer at the top of Bec de l'Echaillon.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- "Air Power" card is removed of the game before to play.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "La fin de la campagne de France" - Gilles Ragache.
- "La bataille de France jour après jour, mai-juin 1940" - Dominique Lormier.
- Satellite image of the area.

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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