Friday, September 2, 2016

Grumble Jones September Scenario GJ036 "A Saar Soiree"

A squadron of French R35 Tanks during the short-lived invasion of the Saar.

Credit to the article link below for the pictures and inspiration for this scenario.

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The PDF for this scenario can be downloaded from the The ASL Scenario Archive. 
(simply search on Grumble Jones or A Saar Soiree).

And always remember, these scenarios are presented for fun only and as a thank you to the readers of my blog.
Design note - this scenario is based on a hypothetical occurrence during the September advance of French Forces into the Saar Region of Germany following the German invasion of Poland. Historically, the French sent in a sizable force, but were unable to penetrate the German bunkers lining the Siegfried Line. The French had not brought their large caliber artillery within range of the Siegfried Line. For their part, the Germans had a force consisting primarily of reservists with next to nothing available in armor support. It would be the German artillery that would eventually compel the French to retreat back to France and their own Maginot Line. 

As the French retreated, the Germans were only to happy to watch them leave and cautiously reoccupy their former territory. It seemed that in September 1939, neither the French or the Germans were ready for all out war.

But what if the Germans had decided to engage the retreating French forces?? This scenario attempts to show exactly that situation as an overeager German officer disobeys orders to strike out at the French and gain fame, glory, and an Iron Cross for his efforts.

But what-if the Germans have grabbed a tiger by the tail...

French General Gamelin, whose bold attack into the Saar could have materially changed the Second World War.

Ahhh...what might have been...

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