D-Day: June 6th 1944
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"Ok, we'll go." -- Dwight Eisenhower

And with those words the largest amphibious invasion of all time was launched.

I want to tell you a bit about a man who I greatly admire. He was my grandfather. 62 years ago today my grandfather was driving a landing craft up onto the beaches of Normandy. I remember very well his story of the landing. He discovered early in WW II that he could trade cigarettes to other soldiers. He said an officer (another pipe smoker) helped him to get pipe tobacco so he started smoking a pipe. Always afraid of losing it on a landing (He lost 5 landing craft under him during the entire war. 2 sunk in heavy seas, 2 hit underwater mines and 1 took an artillery hit). So whenever he started in for the beach he would light up his pipe. Then when things got bad he would put his pipe away so as not to lose it. Eventually word got around to the men who were asigned to his landing craft to watch him during the ride into the beach. When he put his pipe away you knew all hell was about to break loose. Grandpa never lost his pipe and I have it today.

My grandfather hit the beach and dropped his ramp. Much to his dismay the guys in front fell down. Then he realized they hadn't fallen down. They were being machine gunned. Men started crawling over the sides to get out, praying that the water wasn't over their heads along the side as with all their equipment they would sink to the bottom.

Quickly when the boat was emptied he closed the ramp and pulled his craft back to head back to the ship. Suddenly he was in the air and then landed in the water. He'd hit a mine. Now with no boat he swam back towards the shore which he described as a living hell and him being the only one without a rifle.

For the rest of the landing he helped care for the wounded and recieved the Bronze Star for helping carry a wounded soldier to safety over open ground.

Today is the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day landing and it is only fitting that we look at the games that recreate this historic event.
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1. Board Game: The Longest Day [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1705]
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I've played this game only once, but it was the full campaign game. An amazing game that at the time cost $50 which was a huge chunk of change. Still the best game imho if you do not just play a D-Day game but want to recreate it as accurately as possible.
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2. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4205]
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On the other hand if you want a quick D-Day game to play, you might try this. Play the entire invasion in 30 minutes.
 
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3. Board Game: D-Day [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:7993]
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Avalon Hill put out some nice games in their Smithsonian Edition series. Most of the games were redesigned earlier editions smoothed out and gussied up. I also like the Midway game.
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4. Board Game: Axis & Allies: D-Day [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1616]
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Perhaps the weakest of the Axis and Allies series. I ended up trading away my copy.
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5. Board Game: D-Day (first edition) [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:8862]
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Perhaps the first game ever to simulate D-Day.
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6. Board Game: The Normandy Campaign [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:5432]
 
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Not to familiar with this one.
 
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7. Board Game: D-Day Rangers [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:5202]
Brian Morris
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Another series I am not familiar with.
 
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8. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:82] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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You knew this one had to make it onto the list. I eat this game up like popcorn. Game works as a filler or you can even make it the full course for your game night. I've played as many as 6 games in a weeknight.
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9. Board Game: D-Day: Normandy 1944 [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
Brian Morris
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A friend of mine actually had this game.
 
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10. Board Game: Breakout: Normandy [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:541]
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Area control version of the invasion.
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11. Board Game: Normandy [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:7999]
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Played this one a long time ago.
 
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12. Board Game: D-Day [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
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No idea if the game is any good but it has a rather cool cover.
 
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13. Board Game: Overlord [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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Miniature rules for the D-Day invasion. I've actually played with these rules and they're pretty good.
 
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14. Board Game: Overlord [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:5131]
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Another early 1970s D-Day game. A bit bland by today's standards in terms of artwork of course but very playable with an easy to read rule book. This may have been the best of the D-Day games of that era in terms of payability.
 
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15. Board Game: June 6 [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:4688]
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Excellent game. Great story ;-)
 
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16. Board Game: Normandie 1944 [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:5931]
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I have cut it, it's all prepared to be played... Neat...
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17. Board Game: Atlantic Wall [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:4126]
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Another monster like Avalon Hill's Longest Day. I've never played this one.
 
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18. Board Game: Onslaught [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3749]
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TSR's version... I remember this being fun.
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19. Board Game: The Mighty Endeavor [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1683]
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Can't forget the newer games!
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20. Board Game: Monty's D-Day [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:7159]
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Let's not forget the Commonwealth participation in D-Day.
This covers the Gold, Juno and Sword beaches.
 
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21. Board Game: Cobra [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2710]
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Or the older ones!
TSR version also has the invasion.
 
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22. Board Game: Battle for Normandy [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:7378]
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Great simple introductory level game covering the initial breakout from the beaches. Can be difficult to find but well worth it if you can. Plays well in around two hours certainly good fun.
 
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23. Board Game: Pointe du Hoc [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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2nd Ranger Battalion's assault up the Normandy cliffs looking for big guns that weren't there.
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24. Board Game: Pegasus Bridge: The Beginning of D-Day – June 6, 1944 [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:7526]
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"Hold until relieved. Hold until relieved."
 
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25. Board Game: Omaha [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:4294]
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A huge simulation of the Omaha Beach landings, focusing on the 1st Infantry Division beaches. One of the Tactical Combat Series games by The Gamers. Units are mostly platoons and hexes are 125 yards.
 
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