There were 7 of us from the Old Guard mob along with a couple of visitors from the friends network - we met up on Saturday night for a meal and chat too - good times
Martin who had command of Easy company has his write up here...I expect his medals are in the post
|Uncle Red Beach|
James and I were playing Germans - James had the beach and entry to the causeways to defend. including the inland sections of flooded fields and the two causeways leading across. There are hamlets at the inland end causeways and roads lead on to Brecourt Manor with its gun battery and then on the other side the village of St Marie du Mont - the ultimate allied objective for the day. The table worked out at 17 feet long by 6 foot wide.
The beach end would start with a naval bombardment followed by 3 waves of bombers - as on the actual day these proved accurate and effective.
|P47s look for targets of opportunity|
behind the beach is a flooded lowland area - vehicles have to use the causeways
|B26 Marauder squadron pummel the defences|
Inland the game would start with para drops on the two DZ's . Each aircraft had to test DZ accuracy , then height and speed. 6 paper marker then placed on the wings of the C47 model and then they hit by a small fan and blowing on them - you can see the video of this on Martins blog.
|The most inland DZ west of St Marie du Mont where the drop encountered trees and one plane load scattered right to the town taking casualties.|
|the shocked garrison looks up with trepidation! photo credit Angus Wallace|
|the defences have been pummelled|
|The infantry cross the beach heading for these wall. The DD's provide support , but remain blocked until the engineers clear a patch|
|Air support arrives|
|Airstrikes target AA and AT guns at the end of the causeway - the quad 20 lived a charmed life !|
|Martins para hit Brecourt Manor quickly - knocking the guns out over a few turns|
|the beach defences are eventually breached - the build up of forces continues apace|
|inland the paras have been struggling attacking St Marie du Mont which has been reinforced by a veteran FJ platoon too.|
|unhelpfully the navy shelled causeway no3 by mistake which would slow down the vehicles . , but infantry were making their way through the flooded fields|
|the paras have captured the landing zone - glider reinforcements arrive|
It was a great game. it had a good balance of challenge for the allied players - its not a game the germans will win - its about how well they can delay the allies overall.
Thanks must go to James and Martin who contributed to the build up for this with time , effort and ideas - thanks lads.
some things to do for its next run out - non essential , but all nice to have :-
More flooded field sections
More flight stands
More explosion markers and smoke
82nd Airborne platoons
Another LCT or two
3 more assault platoons
this sees the start of a campaign ladder for my US forces in Normandy