249 - Verdun (French Attack on Fort Douaumont) - 22 May 1916
The French assault to retake Fort Douaumont began at 11:50 AM, 22 May. The plan called for a three-pronged attack. On the left, the 36th Infantry Regiment managed to capture the Morchée Trench, but it was costly and the regiment became pinned down and could advance no further. The 74th, on the right, could not make any progress and only the 129th Infantry Regiment in the center made it to the fort. By nightfall, only a small portion of the fort was under French control. The next day, troops from the French 34th Division tried to reinforce the Frenchmen in the fort, but were repulsed. Without support, the French in the fort surrendered.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Victory Medals: 6
- 1 Medal for each unit eliminated.
- Each of Fort Douaumont’s bunker hexes are a Start Turn Permanent Medal Objective for the French forces. Place a Victory Medal with the French side face up on the bunker hex to indicate when it is controlled.
- The French forces are racing against time. The German player, when playing a “Recon” command card, may take a Victory Medal and draw only one command card, instead of drawing two command cards.
- French player does the No-Man’s-Land shelling roll.