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France '40

COMPONENTS
  • 2 paper maps
  • 2 countersheets
  • Rulebook
  • 4 Player Aid Cards
  • Two 6-sided dice
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PUBLISHED 2013
DESIGNER Mark Simonitch
MAP ART Mark Simonitch
COUNTER ART Mark Simonitch
ART DIRECTOR Rodger B. MacGowan
PRODUCERS Gene Billingsley, Tony Curtis, Andy Lewis, Rodger MacGowan, Mark Simonitch


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Product Rating: (4.60)   # of Ratings: 10   (Only registered customers can rate)

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1. Wayne on 3/4/2014, said:

Awesome graphics. The color rules and play book make this a first rate game. The design allows the German player understand how difficult it will be to duplicate historical results. I loved this so much I went and ordered other games (or preordered) by Simontich.
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2. Matt on 11/25/2013, said:

Love this game. I am playing it while reading "The Battle of France".
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3. Todd on 11/4/2013, said:

Mark hit a home run with this game, and I've only played the Sickle Cut scenario so far! The Germans have a lot to do very quickly, and those GHQ counters are maddening when you see them on your best French armored units, but it all seems to work very well. As the Allies, the uncertain type of reinforcements entering when they do adds a lot of excitement. I think the solo rating should be a bit higher than what it is on the GMT rating. This game is a keeper.
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4. Kenneth on 1/14/2013, said:

I own and like Mark Simonitch's Caucasas Campaign and have pre-ordered this game in hopes that he uses similar rules for this game. I like the idea of a mounted map. Please use 5/8" counters.
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5. Joseph on 10/22/2012, said:

Love Simonich's operational titles but will agree with Daniel's comment in that I would pre-order only if I had the option to get a paper map. I play these type of games on my wall with magnetic counter holders, something I can't do with mounted maps.
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6. David on 10/15/2012, said:

This looks excellent. Thank you for the mounted map. I wouldn't have pre-ordered had it been on paper. For a multi-map game I realise paper is necessary but for one map I don't do paper and mounted boards are the minimum standard for me. The No Retreat board is a dream to play on.
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7. Robert on 7/29/2012, said:

From what I can tell from the sample counter sheet the French infantry all seems ot have the same morale or quality. Everything I have read about the campaign says there was a wide range of quality in the french infantry, from the reserve and fortress units that couldn't hold to the tenacious colonial divsions. how soes the game address this?
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8. Daniel on 7/9/2012, said:

Rating is based on a Vassal play-test and previous experience with Simonich's operational titles. But, what's with the mounted map? They're OK for Euros, but war-gamers tend to own a lot of games, which tend to have big maps. All of which will make for a stupid big and heavy load on the shelves for us apartment dwellers if companies go with the trend of mounting the maps on hard-core war-games. I've ordered one copy of Sichelschnitt. Here's my pledge: if you go back to a paper map (packaged in your nice compact 1 1/2 inch deep box) I'll order a second copy for a friend!
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“...even if the operation were to have only a 10% chance of success, I would stick with it. For only this can lead to the defeat of the enemy.”—General Halder, Chief of General Staff

France '40  contains two separate games - Sickle Cut and Dynamo. Both games use the same rules and share many game pieces, but each has a separate full size map.

Sickle Cut: Guderian's Drive to the Channel

This game covers the crucial week in May 1940 when the German army broke the French line on the Meuse and raced to the sea at Abbeville. The game starts on May 13th, the third day of Case Yellow. Six panzer divisions have passed through the Ardennes and are now at the Meuse River. The French and British have raced through Belgium to reach the Dyle Line and cover the Gembloux Gap. The stage is set. Can the Germans cross the Meuse in front of strong opposition? And, if they can, will they be able to break out from the bridgeheads and advance across the map while threatened by Allied reinforcements pouring in from the north and south?

Dynamo: Retreat to Victory

This game covers the British withdrawal to Dunkirk and the evacuation. The game starts on May 24th, the day the British decide that the B.E.F. is in real danger of being cut-off from their supply base and the best option is to head for the coast at Dunkirk. However, many of the German panzer divisions are closer to Dunkirk than the British. Can the British reach the coast before the Germans? Can they hold the Dunkirk perimeter for eight days while they evacuate?

The rules for both games highlight armor, air support, and morale. Special rules include: Allied Heavy Tanks, DeGaulle, Rommel, Hitler's Halt Order, and French Command Paralysis. Note that the two maps may be linked together for players to study the entire period from May 13th to June 3rd, but there is no combined game scenario.

 


 

Game Features

TIME SCALE 1 day per turn
MAP SCALE 4 miles per hex
UNIT SCALE

Divisions, Brigades, Regiments, and Battalions

NUMBER OF PLAYERS 2