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Mike Windsor
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I was watching "Band of Brothers," and there is a scene where Nixon returns after jumping with the 17th Airborne. Who? The 82nd and 101st get all the fame, but there was another U.S. airborne division that saw combat in W.W.II -- the 17th. (The 13th Airborne was formed in 1945 and did not see major combat.) Wikipedia says that there is a Medal of Honor expansion for the computer that uses some 17th Airborne actions as its basis. Can anyone think of a scenario in some boardgame that involves the 17th?
 
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Seth Owen
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I believe the divisions' only significant combat action was that drop.
(There was a fifth U.S. airborne division, the 11th, which served in the Pacific. It saw action in the Phillipines.
 
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http://www.ww2-airborne.us/18corps/17abn/17_overview.html

Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity.

CrossFire: Rules & Organizations for Company Level WW2 Gaming has a draft scenario covering Operation Varsity:
http://www.balagan.org.uk/war/crossfire/scenarios/rhine_durs...

Rapid Fire! (second edition) has a Operation Varsity scenario too:
http://www.worldoptions.com.au/fourpipers/rapid/varsity.pdf

Never played either system, so not a recommendation ...

Can't think of any boardgames with a scenario, maybe Squad Leader or one of the expansions?
 
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Mike Windsor
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there was another U.S. airborne division that saw combat in W.W.II -- the 17th.
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There was a fifth U.S. airborne division, the 11th, which served in the Pacific. It saw action in the Phillipines.

My dumb mistake, I meant to say "combat in Europe" and got distracted. Good catch.
 
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Manuel Pombeiro
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G.I. Anvil of Victory also has a cenario on Operation Varsity: SL Scenario 46. I dont know if this one scenario was ported to the Advanced Squad Leader format.
 
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Iain K
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The 17th Airborne appears in The Mighty Endeavour as a reinforcement a couple months into the campaign. It is under strength compared to the experienced 82nd and 101st.
 
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