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Colin Raitt
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Long have we brooded over Cherbourg, frustrated by the 4 turns required to land, besiege and repair. Surely the multiple combat rounds of an invasion could speed this up. But no, such a thing is impossible they said. Remember what happened at Dieppe in 42 they said. 5 chosen Atlantic Wall counters, the garrison and a festung are impossible to beat. So goes the accepted wisdom.

Parachuting directly in virtually guarantees destruction so 3 airborne divisions dropped adjacent though 1 died anyway.
Cherbourg festunged and callled in 21st Panzer. The yanks landed at Ste Mere-Eglise cutting the peninsula with a single elite division, partisans were essential to block German reserves .
2 British infantry took Carentan more comfortably.
Finally 3 brits (2 elite) hit the beach at Cherbourg with double air support, funnies and commandoes. The battle started at 2:1 +3 but it could have been much worse if the Germans had guessed which D-Day markers had been picked. The beach defences, 21st Pz, its kampfgroup and ultimately the 709th were ground down over 5 rounds. There was little point retreating as they'd still be isolated.


Taking Cherbourg early increases the amount of troops and supports the allies get and frees up 30-40 strength points for breaking out at least 2 turns early. The complete loss of 21st Pz made things even worse. Whilst Cherbourg knocks Hitler Humeur that would happen eventually anyway. The boost to FFL dilutes allied supports but provides ground troops without using sea transport. A sleight downside is the bonus to Germany's fortitude roll.

Cherbourg was operational on turn 2 , the sun shone and the allies attacked into the bocage with all their force . St Malo fell on turn 3 whilst US troops inched along the coast past Caen. Counterattacks cut up the American salient leaving its head intact but made no progress in the west. On turn 4 the British armour surrounded Rennes destroying 4 German divisions. The Americans thinned out in the centre to reinforce the corps over the river Orne. 2nd Army HQ went out on a limb allowing infantry to motor across Brittany, liberating Lorient, Vannes, St Nazaire and Nantes on the run. Von Rundstedt was replaced and the Germans admitted defeat.

Thanks to Jon for a good game.
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Very interesting...
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Wow! you've played the skin off the counters. Or were they actually on the beach for the landing?
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Any division that fails to advance is punished with sandpaper.
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polate wrote:
Any division that fails to advance is punished with sandpaper.


Pour encourager les autres...
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Quote:
Any division that fails to advance is punished with sandpaper.


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