Yes: placing Fighters and German Flak guns are the most crucial moves (and units)
Jan Ozimek: I agree. But Normandy was also a dogged infantry fight for the hedged (Baocage) and an area where at least 5000 tanks moved around backed up by 10.000's of artillery, shelling day and night!!!!
Losses were tremendous: 300.000 Allied soldiers and 300.000 Germans until 20th August. Both lost ca 65.000 men KIA in the actual battles until that day. Germans lost for sure 1500 tanks and the Allies about double that number.
So to make a game where Allies fighters rules and are contested by "1" needed die rolls of German flaks....... is a one sided story.
Germans have 30+ guns on the board and must mass at least 3 guns per zone to be able to threat Allied fighters....(50% chance to shoot down 1 fighter). So Germans must carefully select some area's to place their Flak (south of St. Lo and in St.Lo). East of Caen and in Caen.
Cherbourg should also defended by Flak to withheld Bombers which can zapp strength from the defences.