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mark taylor
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So I picked this game up for a snip on e bay and gave it a run through solo at the weekend.

German troops stormed ashore on 4 beaches between Folkestone and Dungeness. Meanwhile the 7 Falshirmjaeger landed NW of Folkestone and the 22 Airlanding came down between Folkestone and Ashford, both suffered minimal dispersal. Initial Resistance disrupted some beach landing units but soon the Germans were pushing inland and isolated Folkestone and elements of 1 London Division were destroyed. Initial air battles were confined to air superiority and both sides broke even more or less.

GB forces reacted quickly with 45 Div moving East to positions around Rye and the New Zealand Div advancing into the elements of the the Nazi Paras and started rooting them out quite successfully. Other reinforcements deployed on the North and West of the German gains as they arrived. German troops took 3 turns to seize Folkestone and Dover against determined Home Guard and 1 London defenders to allow armour and artillery to land which was of major importance to the success of the defenders.

In mid game a massive battle over East Kent (air zone A) for superiority was won hands down by the RAF and 5 Luftwaffe units were destroyed and 2 aborted! The RAF lost only 1.Goering's forces never recovered from this.

Meanwhile on land the Germans seized Ashford but were soon being pressured by the Canadian brigade supported by 1 Armoured brigade. The Germans could not organise themselves quickly enough and what little Armour reached the front was blunted by the newly arriving 3 and 4 Divisions in the Ashford area.

Eventually the overstretched Nazi forces were smashed in the left flank around Rye by the 1 Armoured Division supported by the 45 Div and 29 Ing Brigade. They cut through the thin defenders and pushed into Folkestone on the next turn cutting the Germans off from their ports and beachheads. Game over.

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How many 'Canadians' were "evacuated" FROM the Dunkirk-area? In the movie "The Devil's Brigade", their 'Canadian Commander' kept referencing upon just such, and I wondered had he meant upon 'Dieppe' instead, since, from something 'moi' had "read" then THAT there were NO 'Canadians' deployed onto the European Continent at the time during the Campaign of 1940.
 
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Elements of the 1st Canadian Division were ordered to France in early June 1940, after the Dunkirk evacuation was underway. They started leaving almost as soon as they arrived, but some Canadian troops were in France as late as June 16, the day Paris surrendered and 2 weeks after Dunkirk. They left through sea ports in Brittany in Operation Ariel.

The character in the movie was just saying what the scriptwriter told him to say.

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GROGnads wrote:
How many 'Canadians' were "evacuated" FROM the Dunkirk-area? In the movie "The Devil's Brigade", their 'Canadian Commander' kept referencing upon just such, and I wondered had he meant upon 'Dieppe' instead, since, from something 'moi' had "read" then THAT there were NO 'Canadians' deployed onto the European Continent at the time during the Campaign of 1940.


As Brian said, Canadian troops were sent to France after Dunkirk to join the 51st Highland Division who had retreated from The Somme line to try and bolster the remaining French forces. They were almost immediately evacuated back to the UK except a substantial number of my fellow Highlanders who were 'put in the bag' near a town called St. Valery.
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