This is a fun scenario. Honus and I played it and I had some good luck at key moments with the French to just hold onto Z29 at the end for a win. Lots of interesting rules and interesting choices for both players. Second your recommendation.
Yep. My full ASRLB is nicely protected on the shelf in two 4" binders. It is reference only. My pocket is dog-eared and worn because its used every game. Its possibly the best $40 I've ever spent on ASL.