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1914_0822_02s: Lanrezac, the Defiant - FWWC 01 France '14

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1914_0822_02s: Lanrezac, the Defiant

By Edward Williams
Central Powers 5 - 2 - 13 Allied Powers
Rating: 7.74 (8)
Games Played: 20
SM: 4
Turns: 22
Type: Stock
First Side: Central Powers
Second Side: Allied Powers
In the Sambre-Meuse bend, near Charleroi, Belgium, 22nd August 1914: With reports flooding in that there were close to half a million Geman troops moving through Belgium in some 19 total corps, it was becoming increasingly obvious to General Lanrezac and his Ve Armée that the Germans were performing a massive flanking maneuver. Despite Lanrezac's continuous warnings, Joffre was not convinced and issued vague orders that Lanrezac should only be concerned with assisting the French offensive in the Ardennes. However, in defiance of Joffre, Lanrezac ordered his Ve Armée to march north into the Sambre-Meuse bend in order to oppose any crossing by the Germans between Charleroi and Givet. By August 20th, the day the Germans captured Bruxelles, Lanrezac's exhausted troops were moving into their positions. On August 21st, reports came flooding in that the Germans were in dangerous proximity and that they had already established a bridgehead across the Sambre. The gravity of Lanrezac's situation became painfully obvious, and on the 22nd he ordered an early morning attack to destroy the German bridgeheads. It was at this moment that the Germans attacked south resulting in a great and desperate clash along the Sambre River as two German armies struggled to completely consume Namur and crush the salient occupied by the French. Lanrezac's defiance would ultimately save the entire French Army from being outflanked, and finally force Joffre to abandon the doomed Plan XVII. [Size: medium] *See the notes document for information on scenario design decisions and historical notes.
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miller41's Profilemiller41 Well Balanced 8
PK Powers's ProfilePK Powers Well Balanced 8
Ivan's ProfileIvan Totally Pro Allied Powers 7
Volcano Man's ProfileVolcano Man Well Balanced 9
burroughs's Profileburroughs Moderately Pro Central Powers 9
Fairly well balanced. Relies on the german side really pushing in the right place. Mike didn't push the flank and tried to take the city which was to tough until the belgians withdraw. The french will collapse if you push them hard enough with the quality german troops you have
It's not the one with your name on it; it's the one addressed "to whom it may concern" you've got to think about.
The French are hopless, the Belgians make the most of the fortifications - and most of the time it's only a disaster management; the Entente Cordiale may win here only if the Central Powers commanders are sleeping at their wheels.
Germans can only win by cracking Dinant early and by also taking Givet. There is a fault in the game in that the German 25IB begins in Restricted hexes and can't move.
Volcano Man
Volcano Man Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:13 am
tquinnGermans can only win by cracking Dinant early and by also taking Givet. There is a fault in the game in that the German 25IB begins in Restricted hexes and can't move.

BTW, just for everyone to know: the German 25IB problem has been fixed now in latest update. :)