The village changed hands 17 or 18 times in the space of a couple of days but I don't know if you can call it a skirmish as there were apparently 30-odd dead tanks in the aftermath.
I couldn't resist doing a few Then & Now's with some photos taken by (presumably) the eventually victorious Germans (there are loads on the internet and beyond)...
|Panzer IVD "711"|
|Rue de 15 Mai 1940, as the main street is called today|
|"Gaillac". Crew died in their tank.|
|"Hautvillers". Crew captured.|
|Not the exact angle but shows the resting places of the two Char Bs|
|"Chinon". Crew killed while baling out.|
|Approximate position of "Chinon" on open land called le Moulin à Vent|
|Distances & gaps|
It is only 1800m from La Besace to the Gallo-Roman burial mound, now called the "le Pain de Sucre" in Stonne and 1250m across that valley. Other gaps between the various forests are 90-640m, perfect for translation to the wargaming table.
general feel of some of the approaches & landmarks.
|View down Le Grand Rue in Le Besace|
|Stonne escarpment on the left|
|The lane to Les Cendrières from the D3|
|Terre de Dix Cents, between Les Cendrières & Stonne (centre horizon)|
|On the D130, Stonne is beyond Mont Hébreu (centre left)|
|The road from Les Grandes Armoises with the Moulin à Vent beyond the ploughed field|
|Les Cendrières Farm|
|Back road to Les Grandes Armoises|
|Gaillac & Hautvillers lay down to the left, dead Panzers on the top road|
|Rues des Pâquis and Napoléon III (left), Stonne|
|Back lane up to the hairpin bend area, forested rear slopes of the escarpment (Les Cendrières obscured)|
I can hardly wait for the day when I start terraforming the tabletop for my Stonne recreation and 'what-ifs"