Battle of Abbeville - May 28, 1940 - May 30, 1940

Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/01/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
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Historical Background:
France, May 1940 - The Allied High Command has already ordered several counter-attacks against the German bridgehead on the Somme river to the south of Abbeville; alas they have all failed. After the defeat of the British 1st Armoured Division, it is the 4th French Armored Division (4th DCR) of De Gaulle, recently promoted to temporary General, that is called into action. With all the might of its 150 armored vehicles, including 30 B1-bis heavy tanks and 3 infantry battalions supplemented by the 22nd RIC on loan from a neighboring division, the 4th DCR hammers the positions of the 57th Infantry Division on the bridgehead.

On May 28, the French seize Huppy and progress toward the Somme, crushing the German anti-tank guns which are ill-equipped to pierce the heavy armor of the B1-bis. On the German side, chaos ensues and troops start withdrawing toward Abbeville. Evening falls and the French, not realizing the scope of their success, fail to press their advantage further. On the 29th, the French renew their push, primarily toward Mont de Caubert. But the German troops dug-in on these heights use their Flak 88 guns to repel any advance, destroying several heavy tanks, and managing to hold the line. By the end of that day, the opportunity to push the Germans back behind the Somme has vanished. On the 30th, the French launch one final attack against Mont de Caubert, where they face a reinvigorated opponent. By the 31st, they are spent and replaced by the 51st "Highland Division". Abbeville is still in German hands.

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.

Allied Player [France]
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
10 Medals.

The church in Abbeville and the central hex of Mont de Caubert are Temporary Medal Objectives for the Allied forces.

Special Rules:
Blitz rules are in effect (Actions 15 - Blitz rules).

Place a badge on the French B1-bis elite tank units and another badge on the French elite infantry units of the 4th BCP (Troops 2 - Specialized units).

The Somme is impassable, except over the bridges (Terrain 8 - Rivers & Waterways).

The Axis artillery unit with a Battle Star is a Flak 88mm gun. Apply the following Heavy Anti-tank Guns rules : - Move 0-1 or battle at 2, 2, 2, 2. - Stars rolled score a hit on Armor. - Target must be in line of sight. - Ignore terrain battle protections.

Scenario Bibliography:
French elite units

Terrain Pack

- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°21 - La bataille d'Abbeville.
- Album Mémorial Blitzkrieg à l'Ouest - Ed. Heimdal.

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