[2ème DB] Capture of "Festung " Royan - April 15, 1945

Opération Vénérable
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/14/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Spring 1945, after the battle of Alsace, the 2nd French Armored Division was ordered to participate in Operation Venerable, which was the capture of the "Festung" Royan on the Atlantic coast. On the 15th of April 1945, the battle group Rouvillois attacked numerous bunkers of Panzerwerk III near Belmont which defended the approaches of Royan. Tanks of 12th Cuirassier Regiment and of 1st Marine Armored Regiment, engineers of the 13th Engineer Battalion supported the infantrymen of 4th Zouave Regiment in the assault of the Panzerwerk. This one was destroyed in the afternoon and units of the 2nd French Armored Division entered in Royan, largely wrecked, in the evening of 15th.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The church in Royan is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Special Asset Weapon rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the Axis units equipped with Anti-Tank weapons (SWAs 5 - Anti-Tank Gun Late War).
- Use "Combat Engineers" rules (Troop 4) to the three Allied units with Engineer badge.
- The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29 - Minefields).
- Use "Air Strikes & Blitz" rules (Action 3) to the Allied player only.
- The Axis player doesn't have plane, if he draws the "Air Power" card, he plays it as a "Barrage".

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Troupes d'élite - Tome 9 - La libération de Royan.
- Magazine Historica hors-série n°43 - La forteresse de Royan.
- 39/45 Magazine n°106 - La 2ème DB à Royan.

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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