The 1300 June 6th turn was relatively quiet overall with minimal casualties. The Naval chit was drawn after the Allied 50th Division took its turn (the 50th was the last chit for 1100 turn) so barrages were laid down, silencing the coastal batteries and other prepared defenses. The Allied commander (Bob) had some nice naval bombardment rolls and was able to take out some bunkers and coastal batteries. Allied commanders Bob and Chad were both in attendance for the first half of the 1300 turn, with Chad flying solo for the second half of the turn. It should be noted that Bob tends to roll slightly better than Chad, but Bob also tends to get angrier than Chad when he doesn't roll well. Both direct command chits were drawn very early on, and with command points far and few between, not much action arose from either of those chits.
At Sword Beach, the Germans continued to prepare defenses in the hedgerows just outside the beach, as this is a pivotal area that MUST be cleared by the Allies by the end of the 2100 June 6 turn. The Allied and German commanders conferred and decided they will play by the sudden death victory condition laid out in the scenario book, namely that all 3 beaches MUST be cleared by that timeframe or the invasion is over. Additional German armor, infantry and mortar units were ordered to move closer to the hedgerows and KG Oppeln was ordered to move from Caen to just outside the city of Beuville (approx. 3 miles south of the defensive hedgerows) and await further orders. 4 German units are now in Bocage near the beach, providing some nice modifiers to withstand the inevitable Allied onslaught. The Allies continued to struggle to move units off Sword, but a company of tanks (A/22 Dragoons) survived withering op fire and moved adjacent to a couple of units in Bocage, where it can now spot for naval gunfire (rule: units in Bocage cannot be spotted unless there is an enemy unit adjacent to them). An unlucky LC suffered a direct hit from an underwater mine while moving toward shore and was set adrift. The engineers had not cleared enough obstacle-free pathways for the LCs yet.
The 6th Airborne continued to prepare defenses as 21.Pz armor units continued to encroach upon their defensive perimeter. 3 companies of 6th Airborne infantry loaded up in jeeps in column, preparing for a highly secretive mobile mission, putting a small fright into the German commander. The German commander, sensing easy prey, moved an elite armored company out of its defensive position, blocked a bridge over the suspected enemy route and attacked one of the hapless jeep columns. The Allied commander breathed a sigh of relief when the German commander rolled a "9" on a kill shot (note: from here on out, a kill shot is defined as a roll by which an effect would be achieved on anything but a "9", which is always a miss regardless of modifiers). The only casualty for 6th Airborne was a mortar unit caught moving through the woods in column - it was spotted and indirect fire rained down, causing elimination.
Over at Juno beach, the Allies continued to expand the beachhead. Resistance has been virtually eliminated, with 3 of the 4 remaining German pillboxes out of command. Any German units that would be careless enough to move forward in an attempt to defend the beach would be callously tossed into the casualty pile, so the German commander dug in with what few units remained just inland, and watched helplessly as Allied units started their march to confront them. The Germans are hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned in this sector. German radio traffic was overwhelming - rumors of the 12 SS Pz. Division in the vicinity ran rampant. The latest update was they would still be South of Caen that night and would have little chance to push the Allies back into the sea.
At Gold beach, the Allies continued to struggle getting armor off the beach - pillboxes and marshy terrain continued to slow down the advance. The German commander called in an artillery strike - spotting huddled masses of men and equipment on the beach......he saw 2 prime targets and both would be kill shots. He proceeded to roll "9" on the first strike and "9" on the second strike. No effect. The worst part is contact was now lost for both artillery units and an attempt for contact will need to be rolled again at the start of the next turn. Devastating turn of events for the Germans. Although some general whining was initiated, a concession was made that the kill shots from the previous turn found some nice "E" results, so when it's all said and done, the rolls will even out. Inland at Gold sector, KG Meyer moved into and through Bayeux, awaiting further orders. Although lightly equipped, the news of these reinforcements buoyed the hopes of the front line Germans who were on their heels, desperately clinging to the beach.
The first chit in play next turn will be the Royal Commandos.
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