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The Face of Battle
Act With Daring, The Invasion of France: 1940
WWII Skirmish Scenario Book
Author: Michael E. Ball
Book Price: $17.95 USD
PDF Price: $10.95 USD
Product Code: 16407
ISBN: 0-9734018-5-0
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Paperback; Binding: perfect; July 2006; Pages 104; Weight: 280 grams

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Act With Daring skirmish scenario book is the first WWII scenario book of the Origins award nominated The Face of Battle historical miniatures rules system. Act With Daring covers the fierce battles and eventual collapse of the French Ninth Army during the opening days of the Blitzkrieg. The battles of France 1940 were an excellent mix of troops, nationalities, vehicles and equipment. From the intrepid horsed Spahi, to the massive B1 Bis tank, German and Belgium Engineers, regular to elite French forces. This all combines for fun and exciting skirmish miniatures play.

Act With Daring includes ten scenarios linked by three campaigns and one grand campaign. Players recreate small skirmish conflicts, armoured clashes and mixed infantry and vehicle battles. Play the heroic defense of La Horgne or De Gaulle's famous counter-attack at Montcornet. Additional scenarios deal with the intense fighting in the Ardennes forest, the daring river crossings at Monthermé and the final destruction of the Ninth Army. German forces will encounter French senior command units as headquarters and outposts are overrun. Optional forces allow for maximum replayability.

This 104 page book also includes a combat diary that details the day by day advance, attacks, and maneuvers of the German and French forces. Background information, tactical maps, force descriptions, and tables of organization for the Ninth Army and Sixth Panzer Division all enhance play and unit motives.

Act With Daring scenarios are usable with many gaming systems: Arc of Fire, Battleground WWII, Crossfire, Battalions in Crisis, Cross of Iron, Disposable Heroes and more.

Period: World War Two, France, 1940
Scope: skirmish, squad level
Figure Scale: 15mm to 28mm, 1 to 1 scale
Figure Basing: individually based figures
Ground Scale: 1" = 2 metres (20mm)
What's Inside

  • 10 Scenarios
  • 3 Campaign Games
  • Squad Reference Sheets for each scenario and force
  • Historical Notes on the Invasion
  • Detailed Day-by-Day Combat Diary
  • OOB for the French Ninth Army
  • OOB for the German Sixth Panzer Division
  • Historical Maps
  • Campaign Rules
  • and more...

FBH401 - Marche Machineguns
On May 10th, Light Cavalry Divisions from the 9e and 2e Armèes were sent to the Ardennes. The French plan was to provide a light defensive screen connecting the Maginot line and the open country of Belgium. The DLC's were to intercept rogue German forces operating in the area and to provide reconnaissance information to the GHQ. The French did not expect to encounter the brunt of the German Panzer Divisions breaking through the "impassable" forest and hills of the Belgian Ardennes. One after another, the DLC's began their retreat back towards the Meuse River. The Belgian engineers were rapidly blowing bridges hampering maneuverability. The German panzers and infantry were creating havoc. In the chaos, the 4ème DLC managed to escape over the Ourthe River towards Marche. On May 11th lead elements of the 7th Panzer Division began enveloping trailing units of the 4ème. The two forces engaged each other on the outskirts of the town.
FBH402 - The Village of Harson
As part of the Cavalry deployment on May 10th, the 9e Armèe's 1ère DLC moved with the 4ème DLC and the 3e Brigade de Spahis (3e BS) into the Ardennes. On the early morning of May 11th, the 1ère DLC crossed the Meuse River advancing east through the Dinant sector. By late afternoon forward elements of the 11e Brigade Légère Motorisée were reaching their objective. As Cavalry movements were delayed by the lack of coordinated bridge demolition with the Belgian Engineers, the main body of the 1ère DLC lagged behind. Further behind the DLC's, the Infantry Divisions of the 9e Armèe were slowly making their way to the Meuse. Although delayed at Chabrehez, Rommel's 7th Panzer Division was again on the advance west. Near Rochefort Belgium, the 1e RAM of the 1ère DLC clashed with advance elements of the XV Armeekorps.
FBH403 - Into The Ardennes
General Corap ordered the elite 3e Brigade de Spahis (3e BS) into the Ardennes on May 10th. Their mission was to fill the gap between the DLC's of the 9e and 2e Armèes. To the right of the Spahis were the 5ème and 2ème DLC's of 2e Armèe and on their left, the 4ème DLC of the 9e Armèe. The expert horse riders of the Spahis Brigade provided direct communication between the DLC commanders. Directly ahead of the 3e BS was the 6th Panzer Division and to their right the 1st and 2nd Panzer Divisions. The full weight of the German Panzer Divisions fell on the DLC's on May 11th. One after another the DLC's began to collapse and pull back towards the Semois River. In the deep forests of the Ardennes, the untouched 2e RSM found themselves alone against three Panzer Divisions.
FBH404 - The Bridge At Yvoir
Based on conflicting situation reports, lack of enemy troop information and the sudden withdrawl of the 2ème Armèe's Cavalry Forces, General Corap ordered the 9ème Armèe's 1ère DLC and 4ème DLC back to the Meuse River. As the forces were retreating, Belgian engineers began to destroy all bridges along the Meuse River. The 4ème DLC crossed the Meuse River at Profondeville, Annevoie and Yvoir. Each DLC's Régiment d'Autos-Mitrailleuses (RAM) was to act as a rearguard unit to cover the withdrawl. At 1630 hrs on May 12th the last elements of the 4ème DLC crossed the Meuse River at Yvoir and the bridge was ready to be demolished. Just as the German armoured vehicles approached the bridge, Lt. De Wispelaere pressed the demolition plunger. Unknown to the Belgian engineers part of the French 129ème RI was still on the east side of the river.
FBH405 - To Cross A River
Reinhardt's two Panzer Divisions had orders to throw a bridgehead across the Meuse at Monthermé. After a delay of two days, on the night of the May 12th, the 6th Panzer Division finally reached Monthermé. With the bulk of Reinhardt's forces stuck in a traffic jam, only one reinforced infantry battalion had reached that river. Aware of the tight time schedule, the task of crossing the river was given to 11 Kompanie of the 6th Motorized Infantry Brigade. Rubber dinghies of the Pioneering 57 Bn. were inflated five kilometers from the river and brought to the launching point by armoured personnel carriers of the 10th Schtz. Rgt. 4. To soften the defenders, German Stuka and artillery attacks bombarded the French bank. In the early morning, elements of the 11th attempted their crossing. The company was supported by direct fire from Panzer III's and IV's. As the first boats arrived on the other side, heavy French machinegun fire started. The enemy position has been identified under a terrace café.
FBH406 - Flames On The Hill
Reinhardt was behind schedule. He had spent precious time battling through the Ardennes and lost two days crossing the Meuse river at Monthermé. Now it was up to his engineers and infantry to push their way up the mountains surrounding Monthermé and clear the road to the south. Panzerturms and bunkers awaited the German soldiers as the French dug in to hold the line. At 0330 hrs a massive German artillery borage proceeded the first attacks. By morning, enemy soldiers were in close combat all along on the steep cliffs and hills above Monthermé.
FBH407 - La Mission De Sacrifice
Having been hastily extracted from the Ardennes a few days earlier, the elite 3e Brigade de Spahis (3e BS) were in a fighting mood. The Spahi were the main point against three Panzer Divisions and saw their flanks and numbers disintegrate in the Ardennes. On May 14th, the 3e were moved to a position south of the Meuse River, to the small village of La Horgne. The village was small, consisting of a few stone houses, farms and a church. Sitting about 20 kilometers southwest of Sedan, La Horgne and was now the main focus of the German advance west of Sedan. The Spahi were ordered to hold at all costs for 24 hours. The time would allow the French reinforcements to position themselves on the night of the 15th. Heading towards the 3e was the 1st Panzer Division. The skirmishes in the Ardennes were minor compared to the terrible destruction awaiting the 3e at La Horgne.
FBH408 - Wind of Panic
After there dramatic crossing at Montherme, the 6th Panzer Division was in Montcornet by the night May 15th. Early the next morning the panzers pushed on to the Oise River and Oise-Sambre canal system. Around them the French 9ème Armèe was collapsing. The French 18th, 22nd and 61st Infantry Divisions were disorganized and retreating. In an effort to mount a counterattack, the GHQ threw elements of the 1ère and 2ème DCR to the Oise River. Arriving from the battles of the north, the tanks and were thrown piecemeal into battle. Combined with mixed elements of the retreating infantry of the 9ème Armèe, the French attempted once again to halt the German advance.
FBH409 - The Edge Of The Sword
By the night of May 15th , three Panzers divisions, the 1st, 2nd and 6th, had formed a bulge from the Meuse river extending west through Montcornet. The Germans had cut the French forces in half. Fearing they had over extended themselves, the German HQ ordered a general halt. Now was the time for the French to act. Colonel de Gaulle hastily put together the 4ème Division Cuirassée de Réserve consisting of B1, D2 and R35 tanks. Lacking artillery and air support and only a small force of infantry, he determinedly set out to counter-attack the soft German underbelly. The 6ème demi-brigade was ordered to make a thrust up the Laon-Montcorent road. The 8ème demi-brigade would cover the right flank and attack Montcornet through Sissonne. The infantry followed the tanks. After advancing through German lines at Chivres, the D2's of the 6ème began to shell the German support columns outside of Bucy.
FBH410 - To Lose An Army
The German "sickle-stroke" that split the French forces in half sliced directly through the heart of the French Ninth Army. With four Panzer Divisions pouring across the Meuse from Dinant to Sedan, the Ninth could not hold the front. By May 18th, the Army was pressured by the XV Armeekorps to the north, cut off from the south, and under constant attack by Gruppe von Kliest. With German Panzer units roaming freely, there was basically no front line to hold. An attempt by the 2ème Division Cuirassée de Réserve to relieve the Ninth failed. One by one their tanks were destroyed around St Quentin and the La Cateau sector. In an effort to save this hopeless situation facing the Ninth Army, the 1ère Division Légère Mécanique was quickly attached to the Army on May 17th. Arriving from the Netherlands, the 1ère DLM would be tasked with doing the impossible. On May 18th, the division launched a poorly prepared counter-attack. Fleeing west into the 1ère, was Général Giraud himself.