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[France 1940] Unternehmen Kleiner Bär - June 17, 1940

Unternehmen Kleiner Bär - Offensive over the Rhine.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 01/07/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x4 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Marckolsheim - 15th of June 1940.
09h00 a m, German artillery of 7.armee of General Dollmann opened fire on the French positions on the other side on Rhine river. During ten minutes, all French bunkers were the target of thousands of shells, then assault boats full of troops crossed the Rhine. Combat engineers were mixed with assault infantry of 22.ID to attack French bunkers. On the French side, infantrymen of 104th Fortress Infantry Division fought with desperate energy knowing that nobody could reinforce them. Only some FT-17 WW1 old tanks, spread out in the rear villages, could gave a possible support. At Shoenau and Neuf-Brisach the enemy assault was repelled, but at Marckolsheim Germans succeeded. On the Sunday 16th of June, German Stosstrupps (assault troops) left the woods near the Rhine and attacked the French second line of defense in the villages, with the air support of dive-bombers "Stukas". On the 17th of June, operation " Kleiner Bär" was a success, the Maginot line on the Rhine was broken.
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] : 4 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. Marckolsheim and Artzenheim are each a permanent medal objective only if the 3 hex of the city are seized.

Special Rules:
- Air rules are optional. If used, the two "Air Sortie" cards are on the pile. If the Allied player take one of them, or the "Air Power" card, he discard it and take another card from the pile.
- Use "Combat Engineer" rules for German units with badge (Troop 4).
- Use "Collapsible rafts and boats" rules for every German infantry units (Action 5).
- French tanks are old "Renault FT-17" from WW1, they may only move up to two hex and battle.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Juin 1940, le mois maudit - Roger Bruge.
- Offensive sur le Rhin - Roger Bruge.

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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