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The Battle of Gembloux - May 14, 1940 - May 15, 1940

Unternehmen Fall Gelb - Panzer overrun
Western Front By: Quit2 - Last update: 01/29/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x5 x5 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
The Battle of Gembloux (or Battle of the Gembloux Gap) was a battle fought between French and German forces in May 1940 during the Second World War. On 10 May 1940, Nazi Germany's armed forces, the Wehrmacht, invaded Luxembourg, The Netherlands, and Belgium under the operational plan Fall Gelb (Case Yellow). The Allied Armies attempted to halt the German Army in Belgium, believing it to be the main German thrust. After the Allies had fully committed the best of the Allied Armies to Belgium on the 10th through the 12th of May, the Germans enacted the second phase of their operation, a break through, or sickle cut, through the Ardennes, and advanced to the English Channel.

Unaware of the German plan, the French Army intended to halt the German advance into central Belgium and France by organising two defensive positions at the towns of Hannut and Gembloux. They committed their strongest field force, the French First Army, to the defence of the Gembloux?Wavre axis. French armoured forces were sent to form an advanced guard, or screen,at Hannut, in order to delay German forces while preparing their main defence at Gembloux.

In the aftermath of the Battle of Hannut, some 35 km (22 mi) to the northeast, the town of Gembloux represented the last major prepared defensive position for the French on the Belgian front after the withdrawal from Hannut.

The German tanks had been advancing at such speed, that they arrived on the battlefield without any support from artillery or infantry.

Axis player, take 6 card and you play first.
Allied player, take 5 cards.

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals. Gembloux is worth a temporary victory medal for either side.

Special Rules:
4 of the Axis tank units are special forces; they are marked with a Wehrmacht badge.
All allied infantry is special forces. No badges are needed.

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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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