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Scenario#: 122     Date: 15 September 1916     Location: Courcelette, France

On 15 September, after struggling for almost two months to take High Wood and the Switch Line (a line of trenches that ran between High Woods and Flers), with tanks leading the way, these German positions were finally taken. Haig …

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Scenario#: 8     Date: 1 July 1916     Location: Hawthorn Ridge Crater, France

The initial plans for the battle of the Somme were much larger, but the French disaster at Verdun, early in 1916, caused these plans to be scaled back. This meant that the majority of the offensive effort would switch from …

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Scenario#: 121     Date: 15 September 1916     Location: Somme, France

On 15 September the 47th Division attacked High Woods, along with the four tanks allotted to the Division. Three tanks reached the south end of the wood, but two of them turned east, hoping to find more open ground. One …

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Scenario#: 12     Date: 7-10 July 1916     Location: Mametz, France

In hindsight, Mametz Wood could probably have been taken on July 1, but the 7th Division operational orders did not specify such a forward advance. Regrettably, it was not until July 7, that two British Divisions began a pincer attack …

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Scenario#: 11     Date: 1 July 1916     Location: Mametz, France

On July 1 1916, the 7th Division was preparing to capture the small village of Mametz, using a large assault force of 5 battalions. From left to right, these were the 2nd Border Regiment, 9th Devonshire Regiment, 2nd Gordon Highlanders, …

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Scenario#: 9     Date: 1 July 1916     Location: La Boisselle, France

The 8th and 34th British Divisions objective was the town of La Boisselle. The 8th Division attacked from the north, up Mash valley between Ovillers and La Boisselle, while the 34th Division moved up Sausage valley and flanked La Boisselle …

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Scenario#: 18     Date: 1 July 1916     Location: Somme, France

The combined French and British preliminary bombardment in the Montauban sector, unlike other sectors along the Somme front, had been highly effective. On the left of the 30th Division, the 18th Division had tunneled to within yards of he …

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Scenario#: 17     Date: 1 July 1916     Location: Somme, France

The combined French and British preliminary bombardment in the Montauban sector, unlike other sectors along the Somme front, had been highly effective. The 30th Division with the French XX Corps on their right, around 7:30am, advanced toward the…

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Scenario#: 10     Date: 1 July 1916     Location: La Boisselle, France

The 8th and 34th British Divisions objective was the town of La Boisselle. The 8th Division attacked from the north, up Mash valley between Ovillers and La Boisselle, while the 34th Division moved up Sausage valley and flanked La Boisselle …

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Scenario#: 245     Date: 6-9 March 1916     Location: Verdun, France

In late February, after an early thaw and the arrival of French reinforcements, the German advance began to stall. In addition, the Germans had gone beyond the range of their artillery covering fire and were now in range of the …

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Scenario#: 242     Date: 22 February 1916     Location: Beaumont-en-Verdunois, France

South of Bois des Caures lay the village of Beaumont. The 208th Regiment occupied the village and had almost completed an intermediate trench line that ran directly through the village, just before the German attacked. Storming forward toward the…

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Scenario#: 241     Date: 21-22 February 1916     Location: Verdun Bois Des Caures, France

German General Falkenhayn’s plan for the Verdun Offensive was aimed at securing positions in the Verdun sector, which were of such great pride to the French that they would in his words be “blooding themselves dry” to hold onto these …

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Scenario#: 250     Date: 2-6 June 1916     Location: Fort Vaux, France

The Germans artillery had constantly pounded the area around Fort Vaux since the beginning of the offensive. Yet, the fort was still controlled by the French under the command of 49-year-old Commandant Raynal, when on 1 June, the Germans made …

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Scenario#: 251     Date: 23 June 1916     Location: Fleury, France

Having taken Vaux, the Germans had only one more French defensive line to breakthrough. However, the German army had already started to feel the effects of the Allied offensive in the Somme, as artillery and men were being transferred to …

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Scenario#: 244     Date: 25 February 1916     Location: Fort Douamont, France

Fort Douaumont dominated the northern approach to Verdun and was touted to be worth 100,000 men in pre-war propaganda. But by the time the German attack reached the Douaumont sector, most of the French infantry had been pulled from the …

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Scenario#: 247     Date: 7-8 March 1916     Location: Fort Vaux, France

On 7 March the Germans renewed their attack on the right bank of the Meuse, which coincided with the attacks against the French positions on the left bank. The German objective was Fort Vaux, but first the 408th and 409th …

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Scenario#: 249     Date: 22 May 1916     Location: Fort Douaumont, France

The French assault to retake Fort Douaumont began at 11:50 AM, 22 May. The plan called for a three-pronged attack. On the left, the 36th Infantry Regiment managed to capture the Morchée Trench, but it was costly and the regiment …

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Scenario#: 252     Date: 24 October 1916     Location: Fort Douaumont, France

With the withdrawal of most of the German artillery to the Somme, the French attack to recapture Fort Douaumont had artillery superiority and was aided by two heavy 400mm rail guns. The fort was evacuated on 23 October after being …

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Scenario#: 246     Date: 13-20 March 1916     Location: Cumières-le-Mort-Homme, France

After the initial few days on the left bank of the Meuse, German infantry - unable to make further progress - dug in on 13 March and waited. Their wait was not long, for shortly after the German bombardment resumed …

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Scenario#: 248     Date: 20-22 March 1916     Location: Malancourt, France

All direct attacks toward Hill 304 had been a costly failure. Therefore a plan to outflank the position was proposed and on 20 March, after a lengthy bombardment by trench mortars, General von Kneussl’s 11th Bavarian and 11th Reserve divisions …

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Scenario#: 243     Date: 24 February 1916     Location: Samogneux, France

After two days of fighting, the German advance had been slower than expected and failed to gained much territory. Near Samogneux, however, the Germans were pressing hard to take the village and Hill 344 just to the east. Near the …

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