French advance begins

French advance begins

The French forces are advancing from the right (western) table edge. The 36th Division, under the command of Général Jouannic, has its full complement of infantry regiments and divisional artillery. There are no corps assets though. The Germans have set up a defensive line running North (bottom edge in this view) to South through Marchais-en-Brie. The German commander, Generalmajor von dem Borne (GOC 13th Infantry Division), has two infantry and two artillery regiments under his immediate command. There are two battalions from 79th Infantry Brigade held in reserve near Bailly. These battalions are attached from 14th Infantry Division

The French have a less than two-times numeric advantage. This looks like it is going to be a tough challenge for the French commander. The problem for the German commander, however, is the woods to the West. These offer protection from line-of-sight and from defensive fire. The German south flank is refused, bent back to the East in case the French try to a flanking movement in this direction

© Robert Dunlop 2014