[France 1945] Battle of the Mont-Froid (1) - April 05, 1945 - April 06, 1945

The French attack.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 10/28/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
In December 1944, the 27th French Alpine Division was recreated from the gathering of several Resistance groups. This division was deployed in the Alps in front of the German 5.Gebirgsjäger Division and some Italian units as the Folgore Division. In earlier April 1945, the 11th "Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins" was ordered to capture the Mont-Froid which reaches 2.900 meters at its highest point. On the ridge of Mont-Froid, the German defenders were entrenched in three Blocks called : West Block, Central Block (made with trenches only) and East Block. On the 5th of April, 4th company of Captain Branche assaulted the three blocks in the darkness of the night. In the morning, the Central Block was captured and, in the afternoon it was the turn of West Block. The East Block was captured the day after. On the 6th of April the whole ridge was in French hands, in spite of continuous German artillery fire on the ridge.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Allied player [France] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Each "Block" is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player. A "Block" is captured when the 2 hexes of the "Block" have been occupied by an Allied unit.

Special Rules:
- Use "Night Attack" rules (Action 19).
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29).
- The two artillery units are heavy artillery (Troop 3) and can't be moved.
- Trenches of "Bloc Centre" are at the same level that the watershed.
- No air support in this battle, the "Air Power" card is used as "Barrage" card.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Bataille des Alpes 1944-1945" - Jean Mabire.
- Album Mémorial Bataille des Alpes - Ed. Heimdal.
- Magazine troupes d'élite - A l'assaut du Mont-Froid.

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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