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[Indochina] Tragedy at Lang Son - March 09, 1945 - March 10, 1945

Japanese insidious attack.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 09/08/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
At the beginning of 1945, Japanese suffered military setbacks in the whole Pacific front. To protect the rear, Japanese troops attacked by surprise all the French garrisons in Indochina. In the night of 9th of March 1945, at Lang Son, the Japanese military staff invited to an official dinner all French civilian and military authorities of the garrison. At the end of the dinner, they took prisoner the French guests and then executed them by beheading. In the same time, 10 000 Japanese soldiers assaulted the Citadel and the neighbouring fortresses. The battle lasted more than 20 hours and the French soldiers fought until the last cartridge. After their surrender, Japanese troops executed all prisoners by sabre and bayonet.
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 [Japan] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nation 3).
- Use "French Army" rules (Nation 7).
- Use "Churches" (Terrain 19), "Fortresses" (Terrain 24) and "Rice Paddies" (Terrain 60) rules.
- Song Ky Cung river is impassable except by the bridge (Terrain 8).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Action 19).
- "Air power" card is not allowed to the Allied player. Discard it and take another.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Mourir à Lang Son" - G. Fleury.
- "Les parias de la victoire" - R. Charbonneau & J. Maigre.

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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