Still in the Century
After six years as a Trial event, FSE kept serve with the
requisite 16 players to remain in the Century. The event featured
modified Victory Conditions and weather rules.
This year's final saw a rematch of the Frisby brothers from
last year's final. Robert carried the day last year as the Germans,
but this time the sides were reversed. Robert invaded as the
Allies in the 19th military district near the Italian coast and
encountered no German opposition in capturing Cannes and Nice.
However, the safe landing site meant that the Allies controlled
neither Toulon nor Marseille at the end of turn one. The Allies
pressed on over the next two turns, capturing
Toulon on turn 2 and Marseille on turn 3, as well as eliminating
all of the units in Italy. The Allies were constrained from further
breakout by a storm on Turn 3. Although the beachead was fairly
contained by these events, the Allies succeeded in a well-executed
paradrop near Lyon involving bridge bombing attacks, capturing
the critical city on turn six. Although German strength in the
area was limited, the Germans were able to use their three ground
support aircraft to assist their only German paradrop and enough
armor crossing the bombed river to muster a successful 2-1 counterattack.
With Lyon back in German
hands and better defended, both sides braced for the almost certain
second Allied paradrop/Ranger invasion on turn 7 in an attempt
to capture a port city. Unfortunately for the Allies, the attempt
could not be made after Robert rolled a "six" for his
second storm on the last turn--an ironic repeat of the two-storm
final that sealed the Allies' fate in last year's final.