[France 1940] Battle on the south of Amiens - June 05, 1940 - June 07, 1940

Unternehmen Fall Rot - Sacrifice of 16th Infantry Division.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/03/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x12 x5 x12
first You play first    

Historical Background:
When Unternehmen "Fall Rot" began, German XIV.ArmeeKorps of General von Wietersheim was in the bridgehead of Amiens, on the Somme river. Composed with two panzer divisions, two infantry divisions and the "Grossdeutschland" elite infantry regiment, this ArmeeKorps had the town of Saint Just en Chaussée, 35 km far from Amiens, as the objective of the day. On the French side, the 16th Infantry Division of General Mordant was entrenched in fortified villages as ordered by General-in-chief Weygand. Dury, St Fuscien, Hébécourt, Grattepanche, St Sauflieu and some surrounding woods were converted in fortresses by infantry battalions and artillery batteries of the division. As soon as the German offensive began, panzers units were under heavy fire from these villages and suffered heavy losses near Dury. Bypassing the infantry strongpoints, the panzers attacked the artillery positions on the second line while the German infantry tried to reduce the first line. The battle was violent and German commanders were afraid by the resistance of French units and by the heavy losses suffered by German units. The only 16th Infantry Division stopped the German ArmeeKorps during two days, but it was a sacrifice because nobody could reinforce this division. The only counter-attack was made by a reconnaissance battalion (GRDI 19) with the support of a company of light tanks from the 12th Tank Battalion (12° BCC). On the 7th of June, the infantry strongpoints were reduced one by one by forces superior in numbers. After the battle, a German officer said to the last defenders of Dury : "Yours soldiers have fought like lions".
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
12 medals.
For the Axis player, Exit markers are in effect on the middle section of the Allied baseline.

Special Rules:
- Use "French Infantry" rules (Nations 7).
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to the Allied unit with Elite badge, this is GRDI 19.
- Use "Blitz" rules (Actions 15).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 1 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the Allied units equipped with Anti-Tank Weapons (SWAs 2 - Anti-Tank Weapons) and Mortars (SWAs 3 - Mortars).
- The Allied player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Mai-Juin 40, les combattants de l'honneur" - Eric Lefèvre - Ed. Copernic.
- "Comme des lions" - Dominique Lormier.
- Militaria Magazine hors-série n°31 - De la Somme à la Seine.

Remember, see the Memorial of the 16th French Infantry Division near Hébécourt.

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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