Battle of Dakar

In late September 1940, the Allies attempted to capture the strategic port of Dakar, in West Africa, then under Vichy French control. The attempt was unsuccessful and Allied forces withdrew after suffering heavy damage to their battleships.

British Fleet (Vice Admiral John Cunningham)

Select a fleet of 200 points with the following restrictions:

  • The fleet must comply with 1940 year restrictions and historical class limits.
  • The fleet must only include UK and Commonwealth units.
  • The fleet may not include any installations.
  • The fleet must include exactly two battleships – no more and no less. These must be 0 to 1 Queen Elizabeth class (Warspite) and 0 to 2 Revenge class (Royal Oak).
  • The fleet must include at least one destroyer for every battleship or carrier selected.
  • The fleet is operating far from land-based air cover and may not include any land-based aircraft. Any aircraft must base on a carrier.

Vichy French Fleet (Governor-General Pierre François Boisson)

Select a fleet of 225 points with the following restrictions:

  • The fleet must comply with 1940 year restrictions and historical class limits.
  • The fleet must only include French units, except as noted below.
  • The fleet must include the battleship Richelieu and two Heavy Shore Batteries.
  • The fleet may not include any other battleships.
  • The fleet may include the German auxiliary Atlantis, representing various French auxiliary cruisers. If selected, Atlantis does not have Long Cruise but may deploy in your submarine deployment zone.
  • The fleet may include B-24Ds, representing LeO 451 bombers.
  • The fleet may include P-40E Warhawks, representing M.S.406 fighters.
  • The fleet may not include V-156F Vindicators, as those were destroyed in the Battle of France.

Map:

Open seas map. Before the fleets deploy, each player may place one squall anywhere on the map. Place objective counters as normal.

Special Rules:

Fleet in Port – The French fleet must deploy first. Roll for initiative on Turn 1 as normal.

Coastal Defenses – The Richelieu and the two French Heavy Shore Batteries may not deploy adjacent to one another. There must be a gap of at least one square between each of these units.

Immobilized – The Richelieu deploys within three sectors of your side of the map. It may not move during the battle.

Gunnery Problems – The Richelieu has Extended Range 4 for this scenario rather than Extended Range 5.

Victory Conditions:

British Victory: Capture all three objectives OR destroy the Richelieu and both Heavy Shore Batteries and capture one objective. While the actual battle involved an attempted amphibious landing, this scenario assumes that such a landing will only be successful if these conditions are met.

French Victory (Historical Outcome): Capture all three objectives OR destroy or cripple both enemy battleships OR inflict a total of 8 points of damage to enemy battleships and cruisers.

Check victory conditions at the end of each turn. If both players achieve their victory conditions simultaneously, the result is a draw.

Battle of Dakar

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