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Drive on Metz, The - Patton in France

Drive on Metz, The - Patton in France
Category: War Games
Sub Category: Popular War Games
Author: James Dunnigan
Publish Year: 2009
Dimensions: 6x9x.25"
Restockable: No
Type: Ziplock
Series: #2

Drive on Metz, The - Patton in France


The Drive on Metz is a two-player game recreating General George S. Patton’s attempt to seize the key city of Metz and get across the Moselle River before the retreating Germans could form an effective defense. The American forces, comprised of three divisions of the 20th Corps, had just completed an epic pursuit across France after the Allied breakout from the Normandy beachhead. The exhausted Allied forces were at the end of their supply line and had barely enough resources left for one last push.

The defending German forces, four divisions of the 82nd Corps of the German 1st Army, were a combination of hastily collected and organized units, including fresh units from the German interior and remnants of units that Patton had been pursuing across France.

The battle, which began on 7 September 1944 and lasted for about a week, was a singular opportunity that could have gone either way.

Game Components:

One 4-page, color instructions booklet
40 color, die-cut 5/8” mounted game pieces
One 11” x 17” color game map with tables
One 4-page, color BATTLESSON booklet
Game setup illustration, optional rules, and player’s notes

Number of Players: 2
Ages: 12 and up
Playing Time: approx. 40 minutes
Complexity: 3
Solitaire Suitability: 8
Scale: Each unit is 1 regiment or brigade, each hex is 4 kilometers, and each turn is 1 day