This year two new scenarios were introduced for optional play in addition to the usual four-day campaign game. The new scenarios started play on June eighteenth and June 19th, respectively. These shorter options proved popular, as most players chose them for play. The 2-day June eighteenth scenario was used for the semifinals and final. Forces on-board for the PAA were 46 units with 175 combat factors which included the 18-0700 reinforcements. The French forces consisted of 35 units with 151 combat factors.
Twenty-one players participated in the event with a total of nineteen games played. The tournament features Free Form preliminary play from Saturday, July 22nd to one pm Friday, July twenty-eighth. The top four players from the preliminary play qualified for the Semifinal played on the 28th.
Bruno Sinigaglio took the French with no bid versus Mark Gutfreund’s PAA in one Semifinal match. The French made a series of 1-1 opening attacks all along the line on the 7am turn. They did not go well leaving gaps in the line the PAA exploited with surrounded attacks. The French surrendered after three turns. In the other Semifinal match, Bert Schoose took the French, also with no bid versus Ed Menzel. This was mostly a slugfest with both armies attacking each other on the two days of the scenario. The French superior results caused the PAA commander to surrender on the 19th.
The tournament Final match featured Mark Gutfreund taking the French with a bid of two versus Bert Schoose’ PAA. The initial PAA attacks achieved several DE results. The French attacks were not as successful putting the French at a disadvantage early in the game. As the game progressed, the French tried some low odds attacks to recover the situation. They had some success but not enough to turn the game around. eventually surrendering.