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Unstoppable Force
Fall of France #23
(Defender) Germany vs France (Attacker)
Formations Involved
France 3e Division Cuirassée de Réserve
France 3e Division d'Infanterie Motorisée
Germany 10th Panzer Division
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Balance:



Overall balance chart for FaoF023
Total
Side 1 6
Draw 0
Side 2 2
Overall Rating, 8 votes
5
4
3
2
1
3.75
Scenario Rank: 131 of 586
Parent Game Fall of France
Historicity Historical
Date 1940-05-16
Start Time 05:00
Turn Count 16
Visibility Day
Counters 65
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 2
Maps 2: 27, 31
Layout Dimensions 86 x 28 cm
34 x 11 in
Play Bounty 102
AAR Bounty 156
Total Plays 8
Total AARs 2
Battle Types
Urban Assault
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Reinforcements
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Fall of France maps + counters
Introduction

Through the French counterattack the previous day had driven Grossdeutschland from the village, troops and a few tanks from 10th Panzer Division remained there. General Flavigny (commanding the 21st Army Corps) felt he had no choice but to launch a massive counterattack to eliminate the German threat and secure the village. At 0505 hours on the 16th, French artillery began pounding what was left of the village as French tanks advanced again across the plateau.

Conclusion

Commandant Malaguti (commanding 41st Batallion de Chars de Combat) drove his B1-bis tanks right into the smoking ruins of the village, destroyed a panzer and then sprayed some German infantrymen with machinegun fire. By 0555 the southern edge of Stonne had been cleared, but the Germans still held the woods near the town. Meanwhile Captain Billotte (in another B1-bis), entered the main street of the village from the west found himself head-to-head with a long column of German tanks. Billotte drove his tank down the German column and calmly destroyed 13 enemy tanks and several antitank weapons. By the end of the battle, Billotte's tank had taken 140 hits but suffered no appreciable damage. The Germans fled, and by 0700 Stonne was French again.


Display Relevant AFV Rules

AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).
  • AFV's are activated by tank leaders (3.2, 3.3, 5.42, 6.8). They may also be activated as part of an initial activating stack, but if activated in this way would need a tank leader in order to carry out combat movement.
  • AFV's do not block Direct Fire (10.1).
  • Full-strength AFV's with "armor efficiency" may make two anti-tank (AT) fire attacks per turn (either in their action segment or during opportunity fire) if they have AT fire values of 0 or more (11.2).
  • Each unit with an AT fire value of 2 or more may fire at targets at a distance of between 100% and 150% of its printed AT range. It does so at half its AT fire value. (11.3)
  • Efficient and non-efficient AFV's may conduct two opportunity fires per turn if using direct fire (7.44, 7.64). Units with both Direct and AT Fire values may use either type of fire in the same turn as their opportunity fire, but not both (7.22, 13.0). Units which can take opportunity fire twice per turn do not have to target the same unit both times (13.0).
  • Demoralized AFV's are not required to flee from units that do not have AT fire values (14.3).
  • Place a Wreck marker when an AFV is eliminated in a bridge or town hex (16.3).
  • AFV's do not benefit from Entrenchments (16.42).
  • AFV's may Dig In (16.2).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables. Do not take step losses from Direct or Bombardment Fire. If X or #X result on Fire Table, make M morale check instead (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Provide the +1 modifier on the Assault Table when combined with infantry. (Modifier only applies to Germans in all scenarios; Soviet Guards in scenarios taking place after 1942; Polish, US and Commonwealth in scenarios taking place after 1943.) (ACC)
  • Tank: all are closed-top and provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable

Display Order of Battle

France Order of Battle
Armée de Terre
  • Mechanized
Germany Order of Battle
Heer

Display Errata (2)

2 Errata Items
Scen 23

French Major should be a Commandant.

(PG-Tank Dude on 2010 Apr 30)
Overall balance chart for 20

The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.

(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)

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Los franceses contraatacan en Stonne
Author enrique
Method Solo
Victor Germany
Play Date 2011-12-30
Language Español
Scenario FaoF023

Este escenario reproduce el contraataque francés con blindados sobre la localidad de Stonne realizado el 16 de mayo de 1940. Los franceses despliegan una poderosa fuerza blindada compuesta poe cinco pelotones del tanque superpesado B1bis y cuatro pelotones del tanque medio H39. Este puño blindado está apoyado por una batallón de infantería reforzado. Los franceses cuentan también con artillería "off-board", especialmente potente en los cuatro primeros turnos. Los alemanes, que defienden la población recién ocupada, cuentan apenas con poco más que dos compañías de infantería, medio pelotón de tanques ligeros PzII, dos batería AT de 37 mm y una batería de cañones de infantería de 150mm. Los alemanes disponen además de refuerzos, compuestos por tres pelotones de tanques PzIIIF y PzIVD, aunque no se encuentran en el campo de batalla al inicio del combate.

Los franceses tiene una moral superior (8/7) a la de los franceses (7/6). Los franceses tienen como objetivo desalojar a los alemanes de Stonne y de la colina nivel 40 sobre la que se encuentra la población.

Los tanques franceses entran en el campo de batalla y se dirigen directamente hacia el límite occidental de Stonne, efectuando un fuego devastador sobre las primeras posiciones alemanas en dicha localidad. Los alemanes sufren bajas preocupantes, pero las reponen a costa de debilitar el perímetro que han establecido en torno a la colina. Enseguida entran los refuerzos blindados alemanes. Los franceses envían para contenerlos a los cuatro pelotones de tanques H39. Los H39 tienen un buen blindaje, pero su potencia de fuego es muy pequeña (1-3) y carecen de "armor efficiency", por lo que tras un breve intercambio de fuego y de varios disparos afortunados de los alemanes, los franceses pierden más de la mitad de sus H39 y el resto se retira desmoralizado.

Mientras tanto los monstruos acorazados B1bis siguen haciendo estragos en el sector occidental de Stonne, aniquilando y desmoralizando a los defensores alemanes, que a duras penas pueden mantener sus posiciones. Las secciones de ametralladoras francesas toman posición y también hacen fuego eficazmente sobre los sufridos defensores. La infantería francesa se mantiene a la expectativa esperando el momento opotuno para atacar.

Los tanques alemanes se dirigen ahora sobre los colosos blindados franceses. Un pelotón de PzIIIF, para evitar el fuego enemigo, se introduce en un bosque próximo, sin reparar que había una compañía de infantería francesa, que lo asalta y destruye completamente. El resto de los tanques alemanes se acerca a Stonne para tener al alcance a los B1bis, pero los tanques franceses reaccionan y lanzan un diluvio de fuego AT que destruye medio pelotón y ahuyenta al resto. Los tanques alemanes en retirada son asaltados por varios pelotones de infantería y un pelotón de PzIIIF es destruido completamente.

Los B1bis siguen haciendo fuego a quemarropa sobre los maltrechos defensores alemanes, que se encuentran en situación casi desesperada. Pero en este momento se produce el milagro. Una batería alemana AT de 37 mm hace varios disparos afortunados y destruye dos medios pelotones de los colosos franceses, que se retiran desmoralizados. Casi simultáneamente, la artillería "off-board" germana dirige su fuego sobre las concentraciones de blindados franceses y desmoraliza otros. En un santiamén la situación ha cambiado por completo. Los B1bis han perdido casi toda su capacidad ofensiva, queda poco tiempo para reorganizarse y la infantería francesa es demasiado débil para -por sí sola- desalojar a los supervivientes alemanes de sus posiciones.

Victoria alemana. No obstante, los alemanes han sufrido un tremendo castigo (han perdido 21 "steps"). Los franceses han sido menos castigados ((14 "steps" de bajas), pero han sido incapaces de conseguir su objetivo.

Magnífico escenario. Uno de los pocos que he jugado en que el atacante con moral inferior ha estado a punto de ganar.

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1940 The Fall of France, scenario #23: Unstoppable Force
Author JayTownsend
Method Solo
Victor France
Play Date 2011-05-15
Language English
Scenario FaoF023

This looked like an interesting matchup, so went ahead and played this scenario. At first I thought it would be difficult for the French to take the two town hexes of Stonne, with German units in it and around it, on a 40 meter hill to boot, not to mention the German Infantry units are stronger then the French but the French approached in the dark the first couple of turns, they have a more then two to one advantage in Infantry, a nice dose of off-board artillery and those huge B1bis tanks.

The Germans did bring on some armor reinforcements of their own, which arrived on turn #4 but they had no effect on the B1bis tank units and could not get any penetrating shots just like the historical outcome. The German PzIVD unit has the best chance, but a H39 tank unit rolled a 12 and gave it a step loss with a demoralizing effect and three B1bis stacked together adjacent to German Infantry with a 33 direct fire value, can hurt Infantry whether they are in towns or dug-in or not.

In the end, the French controlled the town hexes of Stonne and all the 40-meter hill hexes for the victory.

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