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131 - Cambrai (Fontaine-Notre-Dame) - 23-25 November 1917

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Total plays 3 - Last reported by mk20336 on 2019-05-11 00:20:38

Historical background

On the evening of the 22rd, Haig and Byng met to assess the merit of continuing the operation or pull back to Flesquieres Ridge. After weighing various considerations, Haig decided to continue the operations. On the morning of the 23rd, the 51st Division, supported by tanks, attacked Fontaine-Notre-Dame, but was unable to force an entrance. Early in the afternoon, this division repeated its attack and a number of tanks entered Fontaine. The tanks suffered from small-arms fire and assaults from German infantry with bundled hand grenades. To the west of Fontaine, the 6th/Seaforth Highlanders attacked against the ridge line, after setting up a loose line of defence on the ridge, turned and attacked Bourlon Wood and Fontaine. The village, however, by the end of the day, was still not cleared. The struggle for Bourlon Village, Woods and Fontaine would continue for several days.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.


Victory Medals: 8

  • 1 Medal for each soldier unit eliminated.
  • 2 Medals for each British tank eliminated.
  • The 10 building hexes form a Turn Start Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 Victory Medal for the side that occupies the most buildings. The German player starts with 1 Medal.
  • The British forces are racing against time. The German player may take a Victory Medal, instead of taking two command cards, when playing a “Recon” command card.

Special Rules

  • British player does the No-Man’s-Land shelling roll.

Tags: Medals: 8, Exp#1 Tank!

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I saw them tie a soldier to a cartwheel with his arms outstretched as a punishment. I also knew of men who did themselves in. British soldiers weary of sitting in the trenches who cut their throats during leave. If order hadn't been maintained, they would have deserted. They were coerced. When you're in the army, you can't just do whatever you want. ~~~ Gaston Boudry, in the Belgian book 'Van den Grooten Oorlog' ~~~