[Gabon] Landing near Libreville - November 09, 1940

Fratricide fight on the airfield.
Mediterranean Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/08/2021
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
During the three days called "Les Trois Glorieuses" in France (26th, 27th and 28th of August 1940), the main part of the French Equatorial Africa (AEF) joined Free France. Only Gabon stayed on Vichy's side but because of its strategic location in the middle of AEF, the Free French decided they would have to force Gabon to join them.Two military columns, including one reinforced with light tanks, were sent through the trails of the equatorial forest towards Libreville. These columns struggled to advance in the jungle, making slow progress, so colonel Leclerc ordered a landing of some troops of the Foreign Legion. On the 8th of November, legionnaires of the 13th DBLE landed in the mangrove of Point Mondah. Fratricide fighting between Free French troops and Vichy's troops ensued for the capture of the airfield north of Libreville. Once the airfield was in the hands of Free French troops, Vichy forces capitulated in Port-Gentil on the 12th of November and Gabon finally joined Free France.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The main hexagon of the Airfield is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- French Infantry rules (Nations 7) are in effect for all units on both sides.
- Place a badge on the 5 Allied Elite infantry Units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units). They are Foreign Legion units who landed the day before.

Scenario Bibliography:
- 39/45 Magazine - Forces Françaises Libres - Combats de l'espoir.
- Mémoire du colonel Tuttenges - Fondation Leclerc.com.

Remembrance Scenario.

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