Avalon Hill (1992)
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2 8" x 22" mounted mapboards (40-41); three countersheets; 8 scenarios; terrain overlays; Chapter H pages (French), Chapter N Divider
The French–or at least some of them–come to ASL with this module. It also comes with a pair of useful boards and a variety of building overlays. It is par for the course for the smaller core modules in terms of its components, and has better scenarios than many of the other core modules (including the classic Le Herisson). It does have a few quirks; for example, the number values on the French leader counters are in a different font than those in all other ASL modules.
The big flaw with Croix de Guerre, and the representation of the French in ASL, is that the French countermix includes only the French of 1940 and the Vichy French. The Free French, who fought in Africa, Italy, France, and Germany in such numbers, do not even get their own color. Frustratingly, they must use British colors and counters. Unfortunately, this is awkwardness piled upon awkwardness, because from 1943 onwards, the French were armed by the United States. This results in a variety of U.S. weapons and vehicles having to be represented in British colors so that French troops can use them. Even so, many Free French will still have to use US-colored weapons. The French deserve a full OB with their own color, not just a partial OB, as at present.