The area around Lyon was known as the “cradle of the resistance” due to activity of the FFI. Consequently, after landing in southern France on 15 August and heading quickly northward, the American Seventh Army encountered more friendly maquisards than German opposition. Advancing 300 miles in just 14 days, Maj. General William Eagles’ 45th “Thunderbird” Infantry Division secured a bridge over the Rhone at the town of Meximieux. It was here that the German Nineteenth Army chose to turn and fight the Thunderbirds, despite the fact that the countryside was crawling with maquis.
Attacker: German (Panzer-Division 11)
Defender: American / FFI (179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion / 117th Cavalry Squadron and FFI)
Turns: 6.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Meximieux, France 1944-09-01
Squads: A:14.0 D:19.0
AFVs: A:8 PzKpfw VG x 2 SPW 251/2 x 1 SPW 251/sMG x 1 PzKpfw IVH x 2 PzA III/IV x 2