THULIN, BELGIUM, 23 May 1940: The Allies of 1940 labored
under the misconception that their German contemporaries would
once again use the Schlieffen Plan of 1914 fame. This notion led
to the need to defend Holland, as well as Antwerp, and the choice
of Plan D, commonly known as the Dyle Plan, so named
for the small river east of Brussels which Allied forces would
close to in the event of a German invasion. The Dyle Plan placed
the French 43rd Infantry Division in the Maubeuge sector. On May
17, 1940, the unit was routed by the 5th Panzer Division and withdrew
to Bavay. Part of the division, the 158e RI and 12e RA fell back
to the north of Maubeuge, behind enemy lines and isolated. Their
only hope was to reach Valencienne, breaking the encirclement.
Of the two surrounded battalions of the 158e, one was not able
to break the German ring. Only the III/158e and the 3rd Company
of the 10e BCP were able to extract themselves, reaching Thulin
on May 23rd. Spirits were still high in the unit, but supplies
were low. The French soldiers arrived in the village on foot,
hoping to find supplies and ammunition to replenish their depleted
stocks. Upon arriving on the outskirts, the ranking officer, Colonel
Pucinelli, ordered his men to seize the village, surprising and
capturing some troops of Aufklarung Abteilung 269 halted there.
This is A FEW RARE MEN, a scenario pack built around the
cool 1940 scenarios designed by UKer Phil Nobo. His scenarios
are cool for a simple reason: PHIL IS COOL. And they cover esoteric,
early-war topics, with just that right balance, and piece density.
A BONUS FREE counter sheet of random early war MMC or AFVs is
provided, but this pack is for owners of British/French/Germans
and the ASLRB. INCLUDES A BONUS GEO BOARD IN SWEET 16 FORMAT!