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Well, as a warm up to the full campaigns found in Memoir '44: Campaign Book Volume 1, Chuck and I sat down for a quick run at the US D-Day campaign. Sides were chosen randomly; Chuck took command of the US forces. All flanks will be considered from the German side of the board to keep from becoming confusing.
The first scenario was Pont-du-Hoc. Our initial reinforcement rolls landed us both elite infantry units (the US units were all Elite, so this was simply a formality on Chuck's part). Chuck decided to send his reinforcements on the left flank, while I placed my reinforcements in one of the US objective forests.
Chuck moved his forces efficiently onto the beach, although his reinforcements took an early beating from the artillery and bunker emplacement on the left flank. The German forces barely flinched as the first Rangers crested the cliff on the right flank. The first casualty came during the initial fight; the Germans celebrated their routing of the first squad over the hill.
Chuck began to swiftly move several squads to the top of the cliffs in the center and right flanks, and the celebrating Germans were wiped out, but not before almost demolishing their another squadron of Americans. The Germans gave up another dug-in position to try and surround the demoralized squad, but this squadron was also wiped out.
However, the center proved more difficult to deal with as two more US squadrons fell to another bunker nest of German sharpshooters and the Elite German squadron. On the left flank, the artillery kept raining down on the reduced Reinforcements before driving them back to the sea, settling the first scenario at 4 German victories to 2 US. The US was unable to obtain either objective during the scenario.
The second battle saw the storming of Omaha Beach. Again, both side drew reinforcements, with the Germans once again bringing in an elite infantry unite while the Americans brought a bit of extra armor. This battle would be bloody.
The Germans started the day with an artillery Barrage which reduced several squadrons to workable levels. The US armored forces moved onto the beach and began to answer with their own attacks, causing several casualties in the left flank bunker. two squads were lost on the US side thanks to a well timed firefight pushed by the German bunkers, but the left Flank artillery unit was demolished thanks to the US armor.
The German Infantry units moved forwards as the US armor continued to pound the sea walls, taking out a second infantry squadron in the same bunker that held the Artillery pieces. However, the US did not get away without their own casualties during this time. A second Infantry squadron was destroyed in the center while an armor unit was demolished on the left flank. It looked even, until the Germans played a well timed assault to the sea wall.
Four infantry units stepped upon the wall, pouring fire down on the US forces. Two squadrons in the center fell quickly, while another was destroyed on the right flank. A fourth squadron had been reduced thanks to several turns of firing on the left flank, and it was quickly destroyed for the final needed victory for the German forces. The final count for Omaha Beach was 6 German Victories to 2 US. The US was unable to take any objectives again.
At this point, we decided to call the campaign. It was late and we decided that the US would unable to make enough headway on Utah Beach to change the outcome. The finals score was 10 German Victories to 2 US (since they were unable to capture any objectives, the suffered a -2 Victory penalty). The German forces had defended the beaches of Normandy, but this is only the beginning.
Now the real campaign begins.
Looks like the Allies had a bad run. Better luck in the Normandy Campaign.
Thanks for playing and posting!