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Subject: Short AAR - evacuation of Omaha Beach rss

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JIM MCFETRIDGE
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Finally set up the Disaster at D-Day scenario and played the Allies face-to-face against my worthy opponent who has read Peter Tsouras's book, which may explain the outcome.

The invasion turn went well for the Brits but not the Yanks. All three 82nd Airborne drops received the dreaded S2 result, so they were scattered and reduced to Cadres. Then each regiment of the 29th at Omaha was reduced to Cadre level after the -1 DRM pushed the results to *A1/D1, forcing another roll with the same result. The DD tank landed in support of the 29th intact. The 1st ID lost one step each regiment; the DD tank also lost a step.

This set the stage for a horrifying German phase on Turn 1. The 12SS Panzers pounced on the 29th at Omaha, resulting in a DR that was not stopped by a Determined Defense. The elimination of the 29th left 1 ID isolated and surrounded on three hexsides by powerful armored units. During the Allied phase of Turn 1 I had no choice but to evacuate 1 ID and strand the DD. The British and Canadians made some room south of their landings but not much else.

On the German phase of Turn 2 the Allies began to feel the impact of Omaha's evacuation. The 12SS slammed into the British units southeast of Gold Beach. A few German units were left on the bluffs overlooking Omaha but other infantry and flak units moved to Carentan to bottle up any U.S. Forces trying to move south.

The hour was getting late and the German player only needed two more U.S. Units reduced to Cadre for an automatic victory. The best the Allies could hope for was some Clear weather turns and an early Operation Spanner, which allows for support from all four naval units and all accumulated SPs for artillery support in a massive assault on German forces northwest of Caen that would create a breakthrough with Reserve units. But that would have taken more time and stamina than what we had so we called the game.

Here are a couple of photos that show what this game looks like without U.S. presence at Omaha.





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