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Battle for the Passes - July 21, 1944 - July 23, 1944

The Vercors Campaign
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 11/16/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    
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Historical Background:
As July 1944 drew to its end, the troops of German 157.Reserve-Division had the Vercors Plateau virtually surrounded. The only ground still out of their reach were the mountain passes (or "Pas") protecting the access to the East of the Plateau. South of the Massif of Grand Veymont, they were four of them: the Pas des Chattons, Pas du Fouillet, Pas de la Selle and, a bit further, the Pas de l'Aiguille. Each of these mountain passes was under the protection of a section from the Adrian Company of maquisards, with headquarters in the Grande Cabane. The Germans shelled the Resistance position with a deluge of fire, leaving the issue of the battle in no doubt. Yet the Resistance managed to hold the enemy back for another full two days, before falling under withering fire. With these mountain passes now firmly under control, the Germans had invaded the most remote places of the Vercors. Combat stopped, soon giving way to a terrible repression?

The stage is set, the battle lines drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player
Take 6 command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player
[French Resistance]
Take 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.

The "Grande Cabane" is a Permanent Medal Objective worth 1 Medal for the Axis player; he must capture it in order to win the game.

Special Rules:
All Allied units are French Resistance (Nations 1). Badges are not required.

Special Asset Weapon rules (SWAs 1) are in effect for the unit equipped with a mortar (SWAs 3 - Mortar).

The Allied player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29 - Minefields).

Air rules are not in effect. Remove any "Air Sortie" cards from the Command deck before the start of the game. In addition, the "Air Power" and "Barrage" cards cannot be played by the Allied player. When drawing one, the Allied player should immediately discard it and draw a new one instead.

Scenario Bibliography:
German mortar

- "Vercors, Haut-lieu de France" - Cdt Pierre Tanant.