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A Strike of the Blade - The Matrix Games version of West Front

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A Strike of the Blade

By Bob Cummings
Allies 5 - 1 - 12 Axis
Rating: 8.83 (11)
Games Played: 18
SM: 5
Turns: 20
Type: Custom
First Side: Allies
Second Side: Axis
Downloads: 237
The war was not going well for the Allies in May of 1940. In nearly every battle the French, Belgian and British troops were forced back bloodied and battered by the German Blitzkrieg. Defeat and retreat seemed to be the only thing the weary Allied defenders knew. When the Germans attacked the British forces in and around the town of Arras the tide of battle took a dramatic turn for the Allies. The British planned the counter attack as large scale mopping up operation to support the garrison at Arras and disrupt German communications from the east.The attack was organized as an advance by two mobile columns. Each column included Matilda I and II tanks and supporting troops from the Durham Light Infantry. There was a lot of congestion and refugee traffic on the roads leading north from Arras and some of the reserve troops were late in arriving. There was was little time to study orders and none for reconnaissance. The BEF launched it's counterattack slightly after 2 pm and the ferocity of the attack forced the German 7th Panzer Division to a halt. The Germans watched in disbelief as their 37mm shells bounced off the thick armor of the Matildas. The Matilda tanks cut a swath deep into the enemy lines. The German troops were shaken and morale wavered. The British attack knocked out some 40 German tanks and took several hundred prisoners. Only the timely arrival of Rommel himself and a battery of 88mm guns stopped the British Matildas. The British troops had driven their armored sword deep into side of the German Blitzkrieg.
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Wild scenario with desperate vignettes played out across the map. Germans must stay mobile putting fires out so they can move to others.
Very good game!
Herr Straße Laufer
This scenario needs revision. The map has plenty of "ghost" errors as well as the ones in the OOB.
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
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Boisforas Frid Apr 15, 2016 5:54 pm
British have a tough row to hoe in this classic scenario. Coordinating British & French attacks while guarding the long British flank a must! Germans can let the attack come to them & decide if a flanking attack is viable.
Triarii Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:14 pm
Excellent map, seems fairly well balanced, and a very wide range of tactical options (on the Allied side anyway). It’s potential is possibly limited by the relatively short scenario length.