France '40 covers the crucial 10 days in May, 1940 when the German army broke the French line on the Meuse and raced to the sea at Abbeville. The daring...... more
France '40 covers the crucial 10 days in May, 1940 when the German army broke the French line on the Meuse and raced to the sea at Abbeville. The daring sickle-like-cut across France cut off the BEF from their bases in Normandy and also trapped the French 1st and 7th Armies in Picardy. The French high-command became paralyzed and failed to counterattack. The British saw the situation was hopeless and headed for Dunkirk. It doomed France.The game starts on May 13th, the third day of Case Yellow. Six panzer divisions are already through the Ardennes and at the Meuse River. The French and British have already raced through Belgium to reach the Dyle Line and cover the Gembloux Gap. The stage is set. Can the Germans cross the Meuse in front of strong opposition? And if they can, will they be able to break out from the bridgeheads? And if they can do that, their advance across the map is threatened as Allied reinforcements pour in from the north (mainly British) and south (French). Most reinforcements are determined randomly so the German player never knows what to expect on his flanks.
Normandy is situated in the North of France, along the west coast. It sits below Picardy which is home to Calais. It has ports such as Caen, and inner sancturies such as the calvados region. The northern coastline of Normandy is across the North sea from Portsmouth and is famous for its role in the 2nd world war and the D-Day landings.
Our reason for going to this region was to sample the culture...
Advantages: Relatively unknown to English tourists Disadvantages: I can't think of any
...All the reviews I have read have been on 'Basse Normandie'. Whilst this area certainly has its attractions (you can't argue with the Bayeux Tapestry or the Landing Beaches) so many English people are missing out on the secret attractions of 'Haute Normandie', long known to the French. Parisians have certainly discovered the pleasures of owning a second home in this peaceful and beautiful area...
Advantages: Easy Access from UK Disadvantages: None that I can think of
...I have been to Normandy four times now and have never tired of it. I'm planning to visit again in August next year.
Normandy is on of the most historic of the French 'departments'. With the obvious connections of William the Conquerer, to the almost modern day history of the D-Day Landing Beaches.
In Normandy you will never be stuck for something to do.
We usually choose to stay...