Fall of France #20
|(Attacker) Germany||vs||France (Attacker)|
|France||2e Division Cuirassée de Réserve|
|France||61e Division d'Infanterie|
|Germany||6th Panzer Division|
|Overall Rating, 9 votes|
|Scenario Rank: 283 of 609|
|Parent Game||Fall of France|
|Layout Dimensions||43 x 28 cm
17 x 11 in
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Fall of France||maps + counters|
The small crossroads town of Montcornet was of special strategic importance since it lay at the nexus of the Reims, Laon and Vervins roads. the German "sickle-cut" plan had confused French forces as to the real objectives of the attack, throwing them into disarray as they moved hither and yon to cope with a ubiquitous enemy. some motorized elements of the 2nd Division Cuirassée de Réserve were shifting positions around Montcornet when they met a recon column from 6th Panzer Division closing on the town.
Around 17:00, Lt-Col von Esebeck's column was approaching Montcornet from the east just as a detachment from17th Batailon de Chasseurs Portés was approaching the town from the north. Spotting the Germans, the French formed a defensive line around the railway station at the north edge of the town. The combined attack of the German motorcyclists fording the small river and the tanks of the 6th Panzer firing from the rear eventually wore down the French resistance. combat ended around 20:00 with heavy French losses: three officers, nine NCOs and 45 chasseurs wounded or killed and ten 25mm guns lost along with their trucks.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|2 Errata Items|
French Major should be a Commandant.
(PG-Tank Dude on 2010 Apr 30)
The reduced direct fire value of the Heer HMG became 5-5 starting with Fall of France.
(plloyd1010 on 2015 Jul 31)
|There's fighting in the town and on the bridge|
Frankly there is no fighting anywhere else as there is nothing else to fight for. It is critical for the French to get initiative on the first turn. In this case it gave them a chance to get into the town. They are fighting at a deficit given the reserve troops that they field and the town gives them the morale and cover to stand up to the Germans. If they are caught in the open they will die quickly.
The German win in this case was more the result of good dice on the last two turns than anything else