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133 - Cambrai (German Counter Attack) - 30 November 1917

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Total plays 1 - Last reported by Decebalus on 2016-06-27 19:00:52

Historical background

By the morning of 30 November, German High Command had assembled twenty divisions and were poised to counter-attack. All along the line, the Germans put into practice new methods of fighting, which consisted of infiltrating the enemy’s lines with small groups of highly-skilled and heavily-armed soldiers, developed by the field commander Oskar von Hutier. In the south, German Gruppe Busigny, between Banteux and Villers-Guisian, pushed back the undermanned British III corps. To stop the German onslaught at Gouzeaucourt, British tanks and the Guards Division were ordered forward. But else where, as the Germans drove deeper into the British lines, British command structure broke down. The German counter-attack was so effective that by December 3rd, Haig gave the order for the British units still near Cambrai to withdraw and all the gains, which had been won in the initial stages of the offensive, had to be abandoned.

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


Victory Medals: 7

  • 1 Medal for each soldier unit eliminated.
  • 2 Medals for each tank eliminated.
  • The 4 building hexes of Gouzeaucourt 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.

Special Rules

  • There is no No-Man’s-Land shelling roll in this scenario.

Tags: Medals: 7, 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' ~~~