[France 1940] Sedan - May 13, 1940 - May 14, 1940

Unternehmen Fall Gelb - Crossing of the Meuse river.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 01/15/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x10 x12 x6 x12
first You play first    

Historical Background:
13th of May 1940 - Sedan.
After the crossing of Ardennes mountain, considered as impassable to the tanks by the French General Staff, the XIX.Armee Korps of General Guderian and composed mainly by three panzerdivisions (armored divisions) reached the Meuse river at Sedan. The assault was done on each side of the town, 1.Panzer Division plus Infanterie Regiment "GrossDeutschland" on west of Sedan in front of Glaires, 10.Panzer Division on the east of Sedan at Wadelincourt and 2.Panzer Division who was late at Donchery as reserve. After a huge bombing of the French positions by dive-bombers "Stukas", German infantry crossed the Meuse in rafts or assault boats, covered by the fire of field artillery and panzers lined up on the bank. 10.Panzer Division failed at Pont-Maugis but obtained a small bridgehead at Wadelincourt. 1.Panzer Division and IRDG made a breakthrough west of Sedan. The 55th French Infantry Division resisted as much as possible but was partly destroyed during the day and some panic caused by the "Stukas" siren occurred in the rear. On the evening of 13th of May, Marfée wood was reached by German infantry and several pontoon bridges were in construction on the river. On the 14th of May 1940, the panzers could crossed the Meuse river and advanced to the west.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 10 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [France] : 6 command cards.
This scenario requires two basic games and one "Terrain Pack" extension.
Abreviations - IRGD : Infanterie Regiment GrossDeutschland
147°RIF : Fortress Infantry Rgt - SchRgt.1 : Schützen Regiment (motorized infantry)
11°BM : Machine-guns battalion - KrSchBat.1 : KradSchützen Bataillon (motorcycle battalion)
45°RAD : Artillery Rgt of 55th DI - AR.73 : Artillery Rgt of 1.PzDiv
295°RI : Infantry Rgt - sIG Kie.706 : motorized artillery Cie of 10.PzDiv

Conditions of Victory:
Allied player : 12 medals.
Axis player : 12 medals and at least 1 medal token. Each hex with a medal token is a temporary medal objective.

Special Rules:
- A prelude of the Axis player 1st turn is an air bombing of six French units, Axis player choice, with 2 dices without any French riposte, then the 1st turn is played normally.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15), all German "Air Power" cards are played with 2 dices.
- "Air Power" card is not allowed to the Allied player. Discard it and take another card in the pile.
- Use "Panic" rules : Each Allied unit that receives a loss by air attack must retreat 1 hex in addition.
- Use "Collapsibles rafts & boats" rules (Action 5) for all German infantry units.
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troop 2) for Axis infantry units with badges.
- 75mm French gun in the bunker can fire only in the 1st left section of the board. Its destruction is not a medal for the Axis player.
- Pontoon bridges can be built only when a German unit is on the other side of the river in the same section. Use "Pontoon bridge" rules (Terrains 33).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Historica hors-série n°51 - Sedan 1940.
- Album Mémorial "Blitzkrieg à l'Ouest" - Ed. Heimdal.
- 39-45 Magazine n°50 - Panzers sur la Meuse.
- "Sedan mai 40" - Claude Gounelle.

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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