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The Fatal Scythes - The Matrix Games version of West Front

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The Fatal Scythes

By D. Bevard
Axis 13 - 5 - 15 Allies
Rating: 8.12 (23)
Games Played: 33
SM: 2
Turns: 15
Type: Stock
First Side: Axis
Second Side: Allies
La Catelet, 17km N of St. Quentin, France: [Best played as Axis] As dawn broke on May 18th, the German panzers, named by Churchill "those hideous, fatal scythes," were on the move again in Northern France and Belgium. North of Guderian's XIX Panzer Korps, the spearheads of the 6th Panzer Division, from Reinhardt's Korps, pushed out of their bridgeheads across the Oise River and drove northwest to cut the St. Quentin-Cambrai highway. Opposition was light and good progress was made as the Germans raced past and captured columns of retreating French troops. Then in the middle of the afternoon, Kampfgruppe Ravenstein encountered a screen of light tanks from General Bruche's 2nd French Cuirassier Division southeast of Le Catelet. Well aware of the superior armor of the enemy's "B" tanks, Colonel von Ravenstein called for the support of the division's assigned heavy anti-aircraft guns and ordered his panzers forward. Desperately trying to evacuate from Le Catelet, the French Ninth Army headquarters was depending on Lt. Colonel Golhen's battle group with the 2nd Cuirassier's remaining tanks to delay the enemy and cover its escape.
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John Given
In terms of things to do, for both sides, this scenario is great. It'll be a real struggle for the germans though - I won only by massing my armored force near the top of the map, then driving SW down into the town. A second, smaller armored spearhead turned west a little earlier, they grabbed the more southern objectives. All the other objectives in the western part of the board were untouched. Very important for the german to keep moving north - he must reach Le Catelet or all is lost.
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.

Sun Tzu
The Germans must be flexible with lines of advance. Was not decided til last turn of scenario. Good opportunities for the French in this scenario too.
Tiger 88
General of the Army
Tiger 88 Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:31 pm
A really great little scenario! Just wished the French were not so fixed predominately. Allied player must defend and know when to run from the german onslaught that comes.