[2ème DB] Ecouché - August 13, 1944

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

Historical Background:
Bypassing the Ecouves forest by the east, Combat Team Warabiot had for objective to reach the town of Ecouché. Using secondary roads, the tanks of 501° RCC (CC "W") arrived near the town on the evening of the 12th of August 1944. Next morning, the "Shermans" tanks of Colonel Warabiot entered in Ecouché, surprising the German defenders of the city. Several columns of enemy vehicles were destroyed by the fire of the French tanks, then the battle changed in street fighting and it was at that time the job of infantrymen of the 9th Coy/RMT (called the "Nueve" because these soldiers were old Spanish Republican soldiers) leaded by Cpt Dronne. The bridge on the Orne river was a priority objective and was captured after a single combat against a "Panther" of the 116.PanzerDivision which defended this bridge. Once Ecouché was liberated by the French Division, this was an exit route closed for the German troops pinned in the Falaise pocket.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The bridge on the Orne river is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the 2 units equipped with Anti-Tank Weapons (SWAs 5 - Anti-Tank Weapons Late War).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Batailles n°23 - Le 501° Régiment de Chars de Combat en Normandie.
- Guide des plages du débarquement et des champs de bataille en Normandie - Ed. Presses de la cité - Eddy Florentin.

Remember, see the destroyed French tank Massaouah as Memorial, at the entry of Ecouché, near the level crossing.

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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