May 02, 2004,
French army of 22 units opposed to MCPI army of 30 units
for a battle of complexity 0.51 at Company(I) level
on a 2.5 Km/Hex map
for 20 turns of 6 Hours each.
by Jean-Luc Betin submited on 23-01-2004
Rugged-Defense Playing Statistics
RESCUE THEM AT ALL COST
Version 1.00, 5 January 2004
best played as French vs computer
This scenario is an introduction to a series of fictional scenarios dedicated to the creation on fight of what could become the future European Union Army.
Special thanks to Chuck Kotabra for testing this scenario
1. GLOBAL SITUATION BRIEFING
Due to the unending opposition of France to United States policy in Iraq, relations between the countries had become increasing tense. These tensions were further aggravated by derogatory remarks made by senior U.S. officials about the government of France and its President. News cameras that were thought to be off recorded these inflaming remarks. This incident explodes on the international scene in a huge geopolitical scandal. The United States government turns away from
the incident offering no excuse or apology.
After the fall of Baghdad, the World Trade Organization declared that all government contracts with French, German and Russian contractors were to be honored as legal and still binding. The U.S. government refuses to respect these contracts and states that the sacrifices of Coalition troops and the establishment of a new government in the Iraqi capital have voided all previous agreements.
The political climate on both sides of the pond becomes colder and colder. The overall public opinion in America has grown increasingly anti-French and German. This led to a general boycott of French and German products. The effect of this boycott has caused many companies, such as Mercedes and BMW to end business ventures in the U.S. due to the overall public opinion that has destroyed the foreign goods market. The situation further worsens as trade agreements with both France and Germany are renounced and tariffs are placed on French and Germany imports. An "America First" attitude has taken over the country.
Early in October at a dramatic NATO meeting, French and German representatives express concern over the United States treatment of their countries as enemies rather than allies. American representatives refuse to change their position on the issue despite pleas from fellow members such as Belgium and the Netherlands. The meeting further dissolves as France, Germany along with the Dutch and the Belgians decide to leave NATO entirely and request that British and American forces leave their territories by the beginning of June 2004.
Eastern European Countries approaching admittance to the European Union denounce the actions of France and her new allies. Despite diplomatic action of Italy and Spain, the nations of Poland, Czech, Slovakia, and Hungary refuse to respect the efforts of France, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium to break away from NATO. In November at a European Union meeting, France and her three allies begin to step up the unfolding drama by vetoing the final integration of the countries that opposed the move from NATO. EU member countries Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland and Sweden not willing to get involved in the burgeoning situation abstain from voting. The situation grows more complex and fractured daily as nations scramble to align themselves for the potential conflict.
The situation in the United Kingdom also grows desperate as the House of Parliament pushes for the U.K. to remove itself from the EU After a defiance vote Prime Minister Tony Blair is forced out of office. Elections for a new PM are scheduled for 11 January.
The month of December sees actions taking place behind the scenes. French and German investments in Russia that started in September have increased considerably creating a political and military alliance between Paris, Berlin and Moscow.
January, UK pools gives majority to a new born liberal party which wants UK to leave EU, labor collapse with only 30 MP's !
The following month French, German and Russian military forces run joint maneuvers in the Ukraine. This step up of unity in several former NATO nations with the once considered "evil empire" is viewed by the United States as a threat to NATO security. Moscow issues statement that training operations present no threat to NATO countries and that Russia is not to be considered an enemy to the United States or NATO.
By mid February United States and U.K. forces have pulled out of the continent and have re-deployed at bases in Great Britain. French and German intelligence agencies are put on high alert due to the increased military air traffic between America and Great Britain.
By March, a well-organized and funded Shiite riot turns into a rebellion and the pro-U.S. government is overthrown. An Islamic republic is proclaimed to be established, and as a result, the Kurds in the north take the opportunity to create a free Kurd state. Late in the month Turkey and Iran respond to this Kurdish nation by invading the infant country. At the same time, a civil war breaks out in Iraq as rival factions violently struggle for control of the oil rich nation. American officials including Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld state that intelligence shows involvement of several nations in support of the situation in Iraq, one of these nations is France. The alleged French backing of the "Coup d'etat" in Iraq is the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. It is declared that France is posturing itself against the United States and the only way to avoid any hostilities is for the French to return to NATO and back down from its anti-American stance. If not the United States will treat France as a hostile country and act accordingly. The French government protests this unacceptable ultimatum and denounces the imperialist policies of the United States. By mid May, the United States troop strength in Great Britain had exceeded 400,000. French forces, fearing imminent hostilities began to mobilize its reserve forces.
France received nothing but diplomatic support from Germany and Russia, determining that it had to be ready to fight this battle alone. (See second Battle for France scenario)
In the same time, In Africa it was definitly proved that some Foreign intelligence agencies act against Pro-French governments, especialy in Africa. They gave their special funds and best "advisors" to train the local rebels groups. They were refitted too with second hands weapons.
2. LOCAL BRIEFFING
In Ivory coast as the Marcoussy Agreements could not be achieved, The Rebels launch a general attack against Governmental forces which are garrisoned in half south part of Ivory coast. President Bakbo is killed. A general uprise occurs. As France is under the pressure of a nearby War all French troops are requested to return France as soon as possible.
In Abidjan the French HQ is facing an unexpected complication, French Tourists and a group of scientists are victims of an hostage-taking on the Daznotexist Island. French under emergency pressure will send an "Infantrie de Marine"task force made up of two reinforced combat companies and a fire support one. Those units will be reinforced by two cavalry platoons with ERC-90 wheeled tanks. The task force will be seconded by a french fregate.
One of the main issues for the HQ is a communication problem. It is pretty sure that US are jamming French telecommunications means . So for local intelligence French troops can rely only with partial information sent by Scientists who are kept on the volcano research base.
4. French Player
Your mission is to find and rescue 3 groups of hostages. The hostages must escape the Island safely and return on the continent at their respectives scape points, located on the map as : H1, H2, H3.
WARNING : it is mandatory that all groups be evacuated before turn 20 as all French troops have to leave before the 7th of May morning.
The hostages acts as reinforcement after French occupy the zone they are kept (Volcano is the 1st one),other locations are part of named places. You have to find them. To get fire support reinforcements and supply point, it is mandatory for you to occupy Isrine town.
Victory is played during the first eight turns because things become more hazardous after MCPÏ landing
WARNING : Don't try to destroy all rebells units. To win, just permit hostages to leave the island.
5. Rebel Player
Rioters platoon stand on their own until turn 8 where a MCPI company land in Muambe, reinforced on turn 10 with a mortar and an anti tank platoon.So hold and block French troops as long as possible. YYou are lucky as your guys have found three 105 mm howitzers in the local barrack. Please note too that some of your squads are managed by special US agriculture "advisors" so they are more efficient. The land of MCPI reinforcements could prevent the French to rescue the hostages and will give a moral push to rebels. along with more supplies. So it is mandatory for you that the Muambe town stay under your control until
6. Common informations
Both Players are informed that a storm is announced on turn 11, for 2 turns, the result is a blocking of sea transport and lowering of french supply delivery.
As the hostages couldn't be well managed by the PO, I recomanded to let MCPI under computer control.