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In Front of the Storm ETO (id:#56361)
Avalon Hill (AH:ASL Annual `96 ID:A 104)
Designer: Curt Schilling
Starter kit scenario?:    Deluxe scenario?:
 
Balance:
FrenchGerman
Overview:
The blitzkrieg in the West had begun. German forces were pouring into France at breakneck speeds. Bridges on the Moselle had been captured undamaged and the advance elements of the 34th infantry Division started to cross as soon as the obstacles installed on the bridges had been removed. One such bridge lay on the outskirts of the French town of Aessan. The job of holding this key objective was given to specially trained and equipped glider troops. As they arrived, they were joined by Vorausabteilung A which had brought up a 37mm anti-tank gun. At midday the 4th Spahis Regiment, supported by Hotchkiss H-35 tanks, counterattacked the bridge at Aessan.
Attacker: French (4čme Régiment de Spahis with Armor support)
Defender: German (Luftlande Kommando Hedderich and Voraus Abteilung A, Infanterie Division 34)  
Turns: 6.5     Players: 2     OBA: None     Night: No
Aessan, France 1940-05-10
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:12.0 D:8.0
AFVs: A:3
H35 x 3

D:0
Guns: A:0 D:1
3.7cm PaK 35/36 x 1
7.92 PzB 39 ATR x 1
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: CI, mines may not be setup in road hexes
Map Board(s): 40 42
Overlays: NONE
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asevenson Added a playing2017-06-04 00:30:44
hoxson1 Modified the misc. rules2017-05-15 17:42:10
hoxson1 Modified the overview2017-05-15 17:39:23
von Garvin Added a playing2017-05-11 12:16:19
von Garvin Added a playing2017-05-10 10:10:33
Last Played:
2017-12-31(A) David Garvin vs Pete Maidhof In progress
2017-05-30(D) David Garvin vs Jim Thompson French win
2017-05-20(A) Allen Evenson vs Stuart Cooper French winFrench had some good luck when needed and I was able to flank both sides of defense in front of bridge. Also, had the balance and the 9-2 leader with a squad and a MMG rolled up the middle in the last two turns to neutralize the remaining defense. Fun game with a great opponent. CASLO 2017 Round 3
2017-02-12(A) Jeff B vs Magnus Rimvall German winI never have much luck in bridge crossings and this was no exception. With one tank blown up by an ATM, one taken out by the AT Gun (after multiple attempts), and the last stuck in the woods, my Frenchies were on their own to try and storm the residual-lined bridge on the last turn. A HOB-created hero had a very short-lived existence, and the rest of my men fell like dominos. Very fun scenario.
2016-10-22(D) Martí Cabré vs David Huguet German winI could easily stop the French on the hamlet outskirts. A tank managed to cross the bridge and had to go back for lack of infantry support. The French attack was not strong enough to break the defense.
2016-05-27(D) patrick palma vs Toze Santos German win
2015-12-06(D) Andy Beaton vs Marti Cabre French winGerman defenders took out the French armour but couldn't stand up to French machineguns. Losing my top leader to a sniper didn't help.
2015-02-07(D) Chuck Dye vs LarryZ French winASL at Winter War
2014-11-15(D) Bill Brodie vs Neil Andrews German winIt s not often I get to play the same scenarios three times. I have played this one three times, each time with a German win, but each time was great fun. This time I got to be the Germans, and the game came down to the last movement turn, where the pitifully few remaining Germans were able to put down just enough residual firepower on the bridge to break or pin every one of the squads or half squads the French tried to run across, preventing them from capturing the last victory hex. Hectic and exciting, with fortunes changing nearly every turn.
2014-08-01(A) Bill Brodie vs Neil Andrews German winGreat game that came down to the last turn, French captured three of the four victory hexes, but was stopped by 2fp residual that pinned two MMC on the bridge!
2013-02-12(D) Ralph Shoukry vs Dennis German winFun short scenario.
2011-01-05(A) Kevin Kiff vs Don Willes French winExcellent short scenario; an oldie but goodie! Actual playing time 3.1 Hrs.
2010-07-25(D) Aaron Sibley vs Joe Arthur French win
2010-06-12(A) Mark McG vs Peter Palmer French winPeter lost this one misreading the setup instructions. Not really a good indication of the scenario balance, but a lesson in reading the setup instructions and remembering Plowed Fields are in effect.
2007-09-11(A) Bill Brodie vs Murray McCloskey German winA nail biter that come down to the last turn. This is a great scenario. I played it on a 3D map too.
2007-08-07(D) Bill Brodie vs John Shelton-Agar German winTight and close, but bad luck cost John the game.
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2017 NWASL Championships at Game ON!asevenson
CASLO (Canadian ASL Open) XXI - May 2017Michael Dorosh
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Murray's German setup on the 3D boards. (11092007008.jpg)ImageKing Billy587
(!frenchgerm.png)Imagehoxson165
Hotchkiss H35 (H35 hotchkiss.png)Imagehoxson172
VASL Map (A104 In Front of the Storm.png)Map ImageFre20741150

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Murray's German setup on the 3D boards.
Hotchkiss H35
 
Statistics:
Avg Rating: 6.95Votes: 20
Views: 2016
To-Play list count: 8
Estimated Play time: 3.9 hours
Recorded Games: 16
Archive recorded plays:
French7
German8
Drawn:0

ROAR Data:
In Front of the Storm [Confirmed]
[A] French 91
[D] German 84
Thursday 22 June 2017 08:07:48 AM  (c)dramsey 2017