Caen-themed Wargames
Edward
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I've been reading the not-amazingly-good "Caen: Anvil of Victory" by Alexander McKee, and as you may have figured out, I'm less than impressed.

The brutal fighting between the Lion and the Eagle that occurred around that unfortunate city has always fascinated me however, coming in as I do firmly on the side of the British at any opportunity. Additionally, the hapless Cromwell is my favorite cruiser tank, so, well, there you go.

At any rate, I've been looking at a couple of games dealing with the topic, and I wondered if there were any others you lot might know of, especially as I can't seem to find any strategic-level simulations of the battles. Fire away!
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I know, I know, I know. I bought it anyway. I've actually really enjoyed the Second World War at Sea series, and so I'm taking a risk on Panzergrenadier.
 
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This one looks really good; it's on my to-get list. I don't know much about the system or series, though.
 
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I bet this one covers it. A lot of work to get into it, though.
 
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4. Board Game: Caen [Average Rating:5.36 Unranked]
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This one looks a little dated.
 
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Edward, I've always heard good things about this game but it may be on a larger scale than you are considering. The map runs from Port-en-Bessin to Cabourg and from the beaches to slightly past Caen. Caen is a prominent feature on the map. In the picture you can see it just over the top of the rule book as the dark mass.
 
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6. Board Game: Breakout: Normandy [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:941]
 
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One of the key locations in this game is the area around Caen and how quickly the Allies can take it, if they can take it.
 
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7. Board Game: The Killing Ground [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:4057]
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If you want "strategic", you're not going to have Cromwell vs panzer action, but on a little more abstract scale armors play a big roll in NES' The Killing Ground. Individually, armor doesn't add much, but when used in a combined arms operation can make a big difference. (And, yes, it uses Cromwell silhouettes )

It's a game that requires a heck of a lot of commitment, though. Not anything ASL-level (where you would need to invest a lot of money and countless hours before you'd be ready to enjoy the Caen-associated scenarios), but more than the others listed.

The first few turns will be slow as heck (like Breakout:Normandy can be if you've never played an area movement game), but intergrating the rules and all the factors and decisions you need to make becomes fairly intuitive (like BK:N eventually does).

If you want a good game that will also give you a chance to study the situations there and maybe gain some insight, I think this a game you'll like. Rules are available for download at http://www.carpatina.com/nes/KG_Rules%20v1.5%20Ed.pdf
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You're list made me think of this game. It was originally a SPI magazine game and later released by TSR as a boxed game. I played it once as a kid and remember it being a good game. It uses the Panzergruppe Guderian system. Caen is on the right side of this picture.
 
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Panzer Leader had two scenarios that I used to like to play as a kid that were somewhat involved with the British operations near Caen. The scenario Operation Goodwood was a fun one with lots of Cromwell tanks if I remember correctly. Also the Beach Gold scenario of the landing wasnt bad either. Its a dated game but I can remember playing these two scenarios many times.
 
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The very definition of Monster Game. Playable though, and gives you a great feel for the invasion. Beaches easily divide responsibilities for team play. Good luck finding it though, eBay I guess.
You can see Caen, well, right where you'd expect it to be.
 
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Not too much information on this one, sadly.
 
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This upcoming GMT game fits the bill
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A very nice game about British operations near Caen
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Tommies versus the Waffen SS near Caen
 
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Shermans meet Tigers
 
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