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Bring me the Head of St. John the Baptist
Land Cruisers #6
(Defender) Imperial Germany vs France (Attacker)
Formations Involved

Overall balance chart for LaCr006
Side 1 1
Draw 0
Side 2 0
Overall Rating, 1 vote
Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Land Cruisers
Historicity Alt-History
Date 1940-09-20
Start Time 08:00
Turn Count 30
Visibility Day
Counters 227
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 2
Maps 2: 23, 24
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 203
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Kill Them All
Road Control
Urban Assault
Off-board Artillery
Randomly-drawn Aircraft
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Elsenborn Ridge maps
Fall of France counters
Land Cruisers counters

Halder considered exactly how to “cover up” the cruisers while awaiting a new directive for their use. In the end, he decided that, since there simply wasn’t anything smaller than a warehouse that would adequately cover the monstrosities, that he would cover them with dirt. Engineers from the 30th Infantry Division sweated and swore under the nighttime sky to get at least one of the cruisers covered. If they had known that this was simply an expedient while other plans were made, one expects that the swearing would have had a different target.

While the Imperial Army juggled its senior leadership to punish the lack of operational security and rushed to “cover their tracks”, the French advance continued. The next offensive was against the German 30th Infantry Division which had been pinned to a few villages which had been reported to have “odd fortifications”. French intelligence reports could not agree on whether the armored fortresses encountered in Lorraine were huge vehicles, or static emplacements for heavy artillery. The French Second Army attached more of its infantry-support tanks to the III Armored Corps and ordered a renewed assault against the unusual German fortifications.

The formal orders were the usual, to capture more “French” towns and continue to penetrate towards the Rhine. In a secret codicil to the orders, however,Corps command was instructed to use whatever force necessary to overcome one of these fortresses so that measures could be developed to counter them. As a result, the initial assault was to be supported by substantial reinforcements, if the weapons were discovered.

“Whatever the Germans construct from steel, French élan will defeat.” The men of the III Armored Corps moved out to test that theory. Halder knew that the loss of the secret could change everything and prepared to resist the likely French assault. He, too, had reserves to commit.


Despite repeated French assaults, the German line bent but held. The Germans engineers had dug in the cruisers well, protecting all but their heavily-armored turrets from anti-tank fire. The huge vehicles poured murderous fire on the advancing French; the Germans deployed light artillery in the front lines as ad-hoc anti-tank guns but would have been sorely pressed without the Land Cruisers. Both sides poured additional forces into the line as the French pushed to find out what these odd fortifications that seemed to move really were. Prince Franz remained unhappy with the deployment, Bock’s error had already ruined the element of surprise and there would have to be some quick reconfiguring of the operational priorities. Over night the decimated French units were withdrawn and Halder had the Land Cruisers withdrawn, including the damaged units which would be quickly repaired with the spare parts recently floated over the Rhine.

At the same time, the French had been able to gain enough intelligence about the cruisers, their capabilities and their armaments to begin to develop responses to their use. Mostly, those responses appeared to be to avoid contact. The French did not again directly assault an area of the line where a Land Cruiser was present, deciding that it would be better to focus the attacks towards the communications of the Imperial Army, thus forcing the Land Cruisers to retire, albeit painfully slowly…

Additional Notes

Special rules for Dug In Land Cruisers.

Victory conditions can change depending on French losses, special rules for French capture of a Land Cruiser.

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
  • Motorized
Imperial Germany Order of Battle
Deutsches Heer
  • Motorized

Display Errata (1)

1 Errata Item
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In 1940: Fall of France, the units show Direct Fire. All units are Indirect Fire.

(rerathbun on 2015 Jun 06)
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