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Apocalyptic Clash
Land Cruisers #10
(Attacker) Imperial Germany vs France (Defender)
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Scenario Rank: --- of 588
Parent Game Land Cruisers
Historicity Alt-History
Date 1940-10-09
Start Time 06:00
Turn Count 40
Visibility Day
Counters 257
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 4: 22, 23, 24, 25
Layout Dimensions 112 x 43 cm
44 x 17 in
Play Bounty 274
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 0
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Hill Control
Kill Them All
Urban Assault
Conditions
Off-board Artillery
Reinforcements
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Elsenborn Ridge maps
Fall of France counters
Land Cruisers counters
Introduction

Prince Franz ordered the army group’s last fresh reserves into the breach opened by the Land Cruisers: a tank brigade and an independent regiment of parade-ground horsed cavalry. Only in this sector had the Germans seen much defensive success; the French now approached the Rhine River and the Imperial Army did not wish to yield the Left Bank to the enemy. All weapons would be used to defend Germany, and that included the Land Cruisers.

Halder’s work on the correct deployment of the Land Cruisers was masterful but if the French were to be denied the Rhine the Imperial Army would have to use them as offensive weapons. At least the frontage was reasonable.

Conclusion

The French finally managed to disable several of the Land Cruisers and damage the others through a combination of tank attacks, air strikes and reckless infantry close assaults. But their “victory” came at enormous cost, with incredible losses in tanks and first-line infantry that could not be quickly replaced. The Land Cruisers had given Prince Franz and General Halder the breathing space they wanted to organize their defenses; whether they could make use of it remained to be seen.


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
  • Armored Cars: These are Combat Units. They are motorized instead of mechanized. All have their own armored car leaders, who can only activate armored cars (6.85). Do not provide the +1 Assault bonus (ACC).
  • Reconnaissance Vehicle: 8.23 Special Spotting Powers Both foot and vehicle mounted recce units (1.2) possess two special spotting abilities. The first ability is that they can spot enemy in limiting terrain at one hex further than the TEC specifies for other units and leaders. For example, an enemy unit in town can normally be spotted at three hexes or less, but a recce unit can spot them at four hexes.Their second ability is that they can place a Spotted marker on any one enemy unit they can spot per turn, just as if the enemy unit had "blown its cover" by firing. Such Spotted markers are removed as described earlier.
  • Armored Transports: These are not combat units and are therefore not APC's, and they can transport all types of transportable units (5.6) so they are not Prime Movers. They suffer the same vulnerabilities in combat as open-top AFV's (7.61). All are mechanized. (SB)

Display Order of Battle

France Order of Battle
Armée de Terre
Imperial Germany Order of Battle
Deutsches Heer
  • Motorized
  • Towed

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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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