Early War, with Somua Objective
Charles de Gaulle (FR880)
with Somua Objective.
When the German tanks crossed the Polish frontier, Colonel Charles de Gaulle, commander of the tanks of the Fifth Army, saw the German success in this campaign as vindicating the theories outlined in his book, The Army of the Future, published five years earlier. The forceful expression of his opinions on the failings of the French hierarchy and the need for more French armoured divisions antagonised the upper echelons of the French military.
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Despite this, on 15 May 1940, five days after the German Army swept through the Ardennes, de Gaulle, now at 49 the youngest General in the French Army, was appointed to command the 4ème Division Cuirassée, an armoured division still in the process of forming. On 18 May de Gaulle took the initiative, ordering an attack with just a battalion of Char B-1 bis heavy tanks, and two battalions of Renault R-35 light tanks. He hoped an attack using his doctrine of surprise and rapid movement would throw the Germans off their stride and slow the German advance.
His bold attack captured Montcornet after an advance of 15 miles (25km). However, German artillery took its toll and his force retired to its start line near Laon with around 100 German prisoners. Although his attack had little overall effect, the encounter with French heavy tanks did scare the German High Command, leading to an order to halt the German spearhead until the infantry could catch up and protect their flanks.
The 4ème Division Cuirassée were then ordered to Abbeville to reduce the German bridgehead across the Somme. Once again, de Gaulle saw the opportunity to take the enemy by surprise. His tired troops and other hastily assembled formations attacked once again. The French took the Germans by surprise and gained their initial objectives but lost tanks at a rate they could not sustain, being forced to halt.
There was no doubting the valour of the French, but when the Germans organised a strong counterattack, the fighting became desperate. The division held on to the ground it gained until relieved on May 30 by the British 51st (Highland) Division that had been rushed over from the Maginot Line.
When France fell de Gaulle decided to carry on the fight from outside territorial France, becoming the leader of the Free French forces fighting in Africa.
Charles de Gaulle in Flames Of War
Général de Gaulle is a Warrior and a Higher Command Transport team rated as Fearless Veteran. De Gaulle is mounted motorcycle.
You may field de Gaulle in any Compagnie de Combat for +45 points. Light Tank Platoons in a force joined by de Gaulle must have R-35 tanks.
Any platoon joined by De Gaulle always passes all Motivation Tests on a roll of 3+.
De Gaulle’s response to the crisis of 1940 was to attack the Germans wherever and whenever he found them. You may deploy de Gaulle anywhere in your deployment area before deploying any other troops. If you do this, you may attempt to advance each Light and Battle Tank Platoon that is deployed entirely within 12”/30cm of de Gaulle as you deploy it.
Roll a die immediately after deploying each platoon:
On a score of 4+, the platoon moves up to 8”/20cm towards to the enemy coming no closer than 12”/30cm to any enemy team.
On any other roll, the platoon remains where it was deployed, and no further platoons may attempt to advance in this way.
Once you deploy any other type of platoon, you may no longer attempt to advance your Light and Battle Tank Platoons.
The blister also comes with an optional small base so that you can choose to use this very characterful figure to represent your Company Commander.
Designed by Evan Allen & Anton Ducrot
Painted by James Brown