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[France 1940] Resistance in Aunis farm - June 20, 1940

Last fight of the Cadets of Saumur.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 07/25/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In the morning of the 20th of June 1940, German assault troops of 1.Kavallerie Division landed on the south bank of the Loire river between Saumur and Dampierre. At Petit Puy, the few cavalry cadets were overcome by numbers and nobody could stop the crossing of the river by enemy troops. Some cadets, under the command of captain de Saint Blanquat, were surrounded in Aunis farm and fought fiercely. A french counter-attack was launched to relieve them : a platoon of H-39 light tanks and a battalion of cadets from the Saint Maixent infantry school, headed by captain Bleuze, advanced from Chaintré to Aunis farm and hill 90. Cavalry cadets in Aunis farm were relieved but the attack to hill 90 was stopped by the heavy German artillery barrage which inflicted heavy casualties to the french troops. This was the last episode in the heroic resistance of the cadets of Saumur.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied player [France] : 5 command cards.
Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Aunis farm is a permanent medal objective for the Axis player and hill 90 is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Army Command" rules (Nations 7).
- Use "Blitz" rules (Action 15).
- "Air Power" card is removed of the game before to play.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Les dossiers de la 2ème guerre mondiale n°9 - Les cadets de Saumur.
- "Comme des lions" chapitre VII - D. Lormier.

Official scenario of FFM44. Played during the tournament in the "Musée des Blindés" (Tank Museum) at Saumur on the 23rd of October 2010.

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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