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A Quiet Village
Fall of France #14
(Attacker) Germany vs France (Defender)
Formations Involved
France 2e Division Légère Mécanique
France 8e Régiment de Cuirassiers
Germany 4th Panzer Division
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Balance:



Overall balance chart for FaoF014
Total
Side 1 7
Draw 1
Side 2 10
Overall Rating, 18 votes
5
4
3
2
1
3.39
Scenario Rank: 328 of 607
Parent Game Fall of France
Historicity Historical
Date 1940-05-14
Start Time 09:30
Turn Count 12
Visibility Day
Counters 57
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 2
Maps 1: 27
Layout Dimensions 43 x 28 cm
17 x 11 in
Play Bounty 84
AAR Bounty 115
Total Plays 18
Total AARs 8
Battle Types
Kill Them All
Rural Assault
Conditions
Hidden Units
Off-board Artillery
Randomly-drawn Aircraft
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Fall of France maps + counters
Introduction

It only took an hour for the engineers of the 4th Panzer Division to clear a breach in the line of Cointnet anti-tank obstacles wide enough for the Panzers to pass through one by one, single-file. Such a slow procession would have made a juicy target for Allied ground-attack aircraft, but none ever showed up. Once past the obstacles, the panzers entered open fields and charged toward Gembloux. waiting for them at the edge of a wood were some hidden rearguard forces of the retreating 2nd Division Légère Méchanique.

Conclusion

Fire from French anti-tank guns and hidden tanks in the Bois de Grand Leez brought a rapid halt to the advance of 36th Panzer Regiment. Neither air support nor artillery fire could silence the French, and the infantry of 33rd Schützen Regiment remained pinned in the fields and meadows. A furious tank battle developed while the Germans tried to bypass the French positions. More French tanks came into view on the road from Sauveniere, but Lt. Kruase (commanding Section 2 of the German pioneers) stopped their advance by destroying four French tanks with an AT gun and then personally throwing demolition charge under the French command tank. But then several panzers bogged down in the marshy terrain, and more tanks were lost on both sides until the French finally withdrew.


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).
  • Open-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables, but DO take step losses from X and #X results (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT). If a "2X" or "3X" result is rolled, at least one of the step losses must be taken by an open-top AFV if present.
  • 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
  • APC – Armored Personnel Carrier: These are Combat Units, but stack like Transports. They can transport personnel units or towed units. They are not counted as combat units for the +1 stacking modifier on the Direct Fire and Bombardment Tables (4.4). They may be activated by regular leaders and tank leaders (1.2, 3.34, 4.3, 5.43). They do not provide the +1 Assault bonus (ACC).
  • 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.

Display Order of Battle

France Order of Battle
Armée de Terre
  • Foot
  • Mechanized
  • Motorized
Germany Order of Battle
Heer
  • Motorized
  • Towed

Display Errata (3)

3 Errata Items
Overall balance chart for 623

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

(rerathbun on 2015 Jun 06)
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)
Overall balance chart for 47

All SPW 251s have an armor value of 0.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)

Display AARs (8)

Fast and fun
Author mo caraher (12)
Method Face to Face
Victor France
Participants unknown
Play Date 2012-11-28
Language English
Scenario FaoF014

At only 12 turns Rich and I were able to finish this gem in less than two hours. This scenario features low counter density as well as plenty of interesting units, with 7 different AFV types in play. Perfect for a quick and interesting match. Despite an overwhelming French win (49-26 on VP) this scenario does not look that one-sided to me. My French set up had much of my armour played out across the treeline, about 8 hexes from the north edge, where the Germans would enter. Rich (German) concentrated his approach to the east portion of the map except, for reasons still unknown to me, his PzIV, which he sent in alone down the west edge of the map. Three of my first four shots resulted in armour step losses and a burning truck. I continued to rack up the points, successfully resisting assault and getting some pretty lucky counterattack rolls. By Turn#8 I reckoned I had it in the bag and just pulled back a bit to try not expose myself to any losses. Rich made an unexpected and successful run to the southernmost village hexes in the last couple of turns but, as is often the case, it was too little, too late. Key elements today: The French rolled so many 10+ on AT fire it wasn't funny. Conversely, the Germans rolled a 7 on his OBA six turns in a row. I think this scenario is a lot better balanced than this match would suggest and I expect we'll try it again, sometime.

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The Fall of France 1940, Scenario #14, A Quiet Village
Author JayTownsend
Method Solo
Victor France
Play Date 2010-01-01
Language English
Scenario FaoF014

Posting #1

This looks like a fun scenario to play and an interesting puzzle to solve for both sides. I used Ruin counters for my hidden units, as I couldn't remember where I had my homemade hidden counters. I find they are hidden from me.

I can't imagine that the Germans will use their trucks to come on board, with the French so close. I'll use the SPW251 APC's to bring units on board, as they at least have some protection.

Only 12 turns, I think the Germans will be in a rush!

Posting #2

This was a quick playing scenario, just what I needed. I don't feel like writing up a detailed AAR but this scenario hit the spot. I am not sure I played it correct on either side, as far as strategy goes but the French came away with a Major Victory. Victory points are scored for enemy steps eliminated and town hexes controlled. The French have the setup advantage, which carried them through the game.

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A TOUGH DEFENSE
Author splat99 (12)
Method Face to Face
Victor France
Participants unknown
Play Date 2010-11-25
Language English
Scenario FaoF014

This will be one of my brief AAR's, as it was a while back that it was played. (The date is a guess, as are all of my dates listed prior to 2011.) It was FtF, at Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL. I was the French, my old high school chum the Germans. I made good use of limiting terrain and the firepower of my stronger tanks to stop the German advance, if not in its tracks, at least well short of victory. But it does seem to me like a pretty balanced scenario, deserving of the "4" rating...

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Unbalanced force meets paper thin tanks
Author Matt W
Method Solo
Victor Draw
Play Date 2009-09-11
Language English
Scenario FaoF014

You get the feeling when you open Fall of France that there must be something terribly wrong with the French counter mix. Their tanks are good, really good, especially in comparison to the German tanks on which armor appears to have been an afterthought. Then when you get into the scenarios you see why that doesn't matter. The French tanks are criminally unsupported by infantry (see the Soviets in 1941) and this gives the Germans the chance to destroy them in detail. In this case, however, the French were able to be just strong enough to frustrate the German assault.

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France 1940 Scenario 14 Quiet Village
Author PatC
Method Solo
Victor France
Play Date 2010-09-03
Language English
Scenario FaoF014

Here is another scenario where the German player has to come across open ground to get to the objective. Besides that, the objective village has a band of woods that must be fought through before a attacker can even get to the village. As the axis armor started across the open ground it got shot to pieces. Step losses and Demorilazations. By the end of turn one Axis iniative had been reduced by two. To make matters worse on the next turn the Axis best armored units the PzIII and the PzIV could not enter do to failing their activation roll. In the mean time the Axis infantry were making some progress in the woods knocking out one of the Allies best ATG batterys. Over the next few turns the Axis finally got their two best armored platoons on the board and advancing when the Pz IV platoon was knocked out completly loosing both steps. The fight in the woods had bogged down also. Several more turns passed with the same situation except that the Axis had taken two more armored step losses and a infantry step. With only one hour left and the Axis having lost 14 steps to ONE the Axis retreated. This was not a very good scenario. Half the Axis armor are armed with MGs only and cannot engage the Allied armor. Crossing open ground under fire and then having to fight their way through a band of woods just to GET to the main objective is a very tall order. Even with good die rolls the Axis would be hard pressed to win this one.

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French wall for fire
Author campsawyer (13)
Method Dual Table Setup + Voice Chat
Victor France
Participants waynebaumber (AAR)
Play Date 2012-05-09
Language English
Scenario FaoF014

An enjoyable game with Wayne Baumber defending with the French to my German attack. When I look at this as the Germans I saw a bunch of issues with the attack that would not be easy to overcome. Short game, just 12 turns, Germans entering the board, with no cover, light tanks versus the French S35's defending a town. But the Germans have mobility and the initiative to start at least. As for the other aspects the Germans have more infantry with an ENG as well as one airplane and some OBA. The French have the setup and are defending a town, making it even more hard for the Germans.

As for the setup the French are in the woods outside the town of Gembloux covering the open terrain to the north of the town. They have strong positions with tanks, armored cars and AT Guns. The Germans must brave the fire just to get on board and establish themselves. I have the Germans strung out in a skirmish line to minimize casualties as well as the tanks following behind to fire on the tanks as they are discovered. It will be a tough first few turns.

To begin, my infantry move on and move toward the woods to the east and west of the north-south road. This hopes to draw fire from the defending French, and it does with highly accurate fire from the tanks in the western wood. A German platoon takes a hit as it moves across the open terrain. Not a good omen for the attack. French AT guns fire at the German armor moving on the board and scores a step loss against a PzI. French S35's fire taking out another PzII step, before the Germans can get moving.

The German Major pushes the men forward and get to the treeline of the eastern woods, triggering the French to pack up and move back to the defense in the town. To the west the Germans recover from the tank machinegun fire and have the PzII's try to flank the woods, but another S35 fires destroying another step of armor. German AT guns step up and are able to knock out a armored car before it can fire on the recovering German troops. But a German Captain pushes his troops forward is caught in a French assault and destroyed before he can get away. But this buys time for a another platoon to assault the French armor. After several assaults and flees by the French tanks they are destroyed by the German infantry.

French AT fire is still very accurate and knocks out another PzII before it can get out of the way as well as good fire direction from the French leaders for their artillery. The German casualties now drive the initiative down to zero, but the Germans keep pushing on the French defenses and are able to drive south on the eastern edge of the board. The bulk of the remaining German armor plus some infantry push but fire of the the French defenders kill another step of infantry, leaving the tanks to press on alone. The make it down to the southern edge looking to kill other French armored cars and take some of the town, but another pesky 25mm AT gun stands in their way. OBA and the lone German Ju88 try to knock them out but don't do it until late in the game. At this point they have been reinforced making it harder to take the town. But a lone PzII dashes forward to brave the French fire only to be hit by AT fire from the armored cars.

At this point the German Major regroups his troops in the western woods which the French had abandoned. He looks to press for the town hexes on the hills edge with his remaining company of troops. Pressing forward they get close to the town but OP fire from the French has them pinned down to end the game. A major French victory for holding the town and killing the Germans.

I found this scenario heavy weighted to the French and in need of some balancing for a interesting FtF game. The Germans will take causalities right away and will need to keep their forcing going to even get close to the towns, both of which are hard to do in the game. You will either need to recover or move not both, so a recommendation would be for four more turns to allow sometime for the Germans to recover. Second, morale is even both sides are 8/7, this will make it hard for the German infantry to assault any of the French units including the tanks. A possible lowering of the French morale to 7/6 could be a balancing point.

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A Quite noisy village
Author waynebaumber (12)
Method Dual Table Setup + Voice Chat
Victor France
Participants campsawyer (AAR)
Play Date 2012-05-09
Language English
Scenario FaoF014

Played against young Alan Sawyer. This was a short scenario, when Alan and I play one player chooses a scenario the other player picks which side he wants to play. I chose this one and expected to be playing the Germans as even a quick glance at the OOB will seem to indicate the scenario will favour the French. But Alan ever up for a challenge went for the Germans. In brief the Germsn's have to take more town hexes and kill more steps than the French to help them they have lots of armour though most of it poor quality, light OBDA and outnumber the French by 3-1. But, and it is a big but, the French have good armour, hidden units and good defensive ground. They also have only 12 turns to hold the Boche off. The German's have to advance across open ground and the French open fire with Tanks, INF and artillery, my first shot was double one (you just know its going to be a good day when that happens), and German losses mounted throughout the first couple of turns, quickly bringing down their advantage in initiative. However Alan pressed on and forced me out of the covering woods to the east and I retreated those unit back to the high ground. The middle game was fairly even with the Germans pushing through the western woods and assaulting some unsupported French tanks. By 1200 though the Germans had failed to take any of the village and were behind in steps losses. A final push by the desperate Germans did succeed in taking a couple of hexes but accurate fire from ATG and A/Cars had stopped the Panzer's cold. A major French victory was the final result. This scenario is unbalanced and as it is a German player will need luck and elan to win this game. Extending the game turns by 4 would help balance this one out a little I think.

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Since I'm wishing, how about a pony?
Author plloyd1010
Method Solo
Victor France
Play Date 2011-05-22
Language English
Scenario FaoF014

Pertinent House Rules: Fast Mech, Efficient AT/AA, Hill Crests, Double-Blind

The Battle: The basic problem is that the Germans have to go between 2 wooded areas to get to the villages, our try to quickly clear one flank. This means choosing between caught in a crossfire or potentially bogged down in the woods. Seeing OPs bracketing the center clearing, I as the German, weight the attack to my left, and scout the woods.

This is a good choice. The French have their armored cars screening the front of the woods and an AT is covering the clearing. There are French tanks covering the right to complete the crossfire. Clearing out the armored cars is expensive, but the AT gun succumbs quickly to artillery. In the end the PzIV, the ENG, 2 steps of INF, and 1 ½track are lost. The road is cleared. The French tanks, and some infantry move out of the right-side woods, into the village.

In the mean time another OP has appeared on the long ridge of the hill. Scouting shows there are 2 dug in S35 waiting. The French tank obviously did not stop in the village. A brief glimpse shows the H35s moving into the village, in the center of the board. German infantry pins down the S35s, one pops out. The German armor tries to avoid a gun dual (-2 & -3 shots vs +1 shots are bad odds).

The second AT turns up in the end of the village, near the woods. It is charged by PzIs after it fires at the PzII. An infantry force if infantry in ½tracks runs around the S35s (being assaulted by other infantry). They make it to the village on the 40-meter hill (which is on the reverse side of the ridge). The H35s are in the cener of that village. PzIIs and the PzIII race to the back of the big village.

The game ends as the H35s kill one more ½track. The 3rd S35 is discovered in the center of the big village. The German infantry assaults the H35s. The free S35 makes it to the village next to the AT gun. The game ends with 2 contested town hexes, 2 German controlled hexes, the rest are French controlled. The score is 13 to 24.

Conclusion: Without fast mech, the German armor would have been shot to pieces in the open. As it was, it was the only thing that allowed them to gain control of any town hexes. French infantry was spread thin, but was never seriously engaged. French tanks have very thick armor and the Germans have only one decent gun. The Germans are not going to win the tank battle, and infantry cannot advance against French covering fire.

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